CD Projekt Red has revealed its future roadmap for the upcoming projects, including three new The Witcher games, one new Cyberpunk game, as well as a brand-new IP. The long-term project video also announces big changes to their development environment, such as the use of Unreal Engine for future titles.
▍CD Projekt Group Long-Term Product Outlook
▍The Witcher: Polaris, Canis Majoris, Sirius
Three new The Witcher games have been announced. The codenames are Polaris, Canis Majoris, and Sirius, which are all named after universe stars. The full trilogy is intended to be released “in a six-year period”.
Polaris, Canis Majoris, and Sirius will all be part of a brand-new trilogy of The Witcher franchise, with the second title being developed by an external studio and the third game (Sirius) offering multiplayer gameplay on top of a single-player experience including a campaign with quests and a story.
Developed externally by a currently unknown developer, Canis Majoris marks the first time for CD Projekt to have a product being developed outside of the Group. “However, this does not imply that its quality will lag behind our in-house productions,” CFO Michał Nowakowski explained. “From the technological standpoint, it will be based on Unreal Engine 5, along with the toolset created for Polaris. Expect additional announcements soon.”
▍Cyberpunk 2077: Orion
A new Cyberpunk 2077 game, codenamed Orion, will push the franchise further and continue harnessing the potential of the dark future universe. The game will be developed by a brand new CD Projekt studio set up in the US.
▍New IP: Hadar
Hadar is an entirely distinct IP, created from scratch within the studio. The project is in the earliest stages of the creative process, so there won’t be any info until a long while.
Details on the new IP, Hadar, are understandably scant but Nowakowski added, “We started toying with the idea several years ago. Early-stage conceptual work commenced in 2021, and – for the first time in our history – the IP is being incubated entirely within CD Projekt Red. It is important to understand that right now we are still working on basic concepts and laying the groundwork for this new franchise.”