by Joseph Leray
CD Projekt, the company behind upcoming RPGs “Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt” and the clumsily titled “Cyberpunk 2077,” published an internal memo (helpfully translated by their English-language forums) that details their plans from now through 2016, including at least three unannounced games.
Both “Witcher 3” and “Cyberpunk 2077” will be released, between 2014 and 2016, which lines up with previously confirmed timeframes. “Witcher 3” is being developed for “at least three strong platforms,” according to the memo, and CDP have already confirmed PC and PlayStation 4 versions. “Cyberpunk,” on the other hand, is still listed as PC-only, though that’s obviously subject to change.
Here’s where things get interesting: CDP also plans to develop and release three as-yet-unannounced games within the next few years. They’re planning two “smaller … but top quality” games designed to last about 20 hours each, and one cross-platform mobile game. The memo apparently doesn’t specify what kind of games these will be or which universes they’ll take place in, but all three will be connected to CDP’s existing properties.
Short-term plans include launching the REDkit beta this year, while the full release will happen sometime after 2014. The REDkit is CD Projekt’s modding tools, which allow players and would-be designers to plan their own worlds and missions with the company’s REDEngine. Speaking of which: the Polish company would like to start licensing its proprietary engine — specially designed to support open-world RPGs — to other companies starting in 2014.
Other goals for this year include releasing a “non-computer game” set within the “Witcher” universe. In 2001, a company called MAG released a pen-and-paper game based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels (the original source of the entire “Witcher” universe), and there are also two different card games based on CDP’s own games. If CD Projekt are interested in a board game, they’d likely have to buy the rights from MAG, so another “Witcher” card game might be the likelier choice.
Lastly, CD Projekt RED are looking to expand their operations in a few different ways. This year, they want to open an office in the United States to handle marketing and public relations for North and South America, with other branches in “key territories” by the end of 2016.
I’m no business analyst by any stretch, but five games and a new office in three years seems like pretty optimistic growth. Still, these plans are several years from fruition, so all we can do now it keep our eyes peeled and speculate: I’ll put $5 and cold beer on a “Witcher” prequel. Any takers?