CD Projekt Red announces a Cyberpunk 2077 sequel, a whole lot of Witcher games and an entirely new IP
Cyberpunk 2077's Edgerunners update (and Netflix Anime) helped reinvigorate the seemingly dead franchise. CD Projekt Red has confirmed that the game has sold over 20 million copies across all platforms. It also took the opportunity to talk about future projects, including the previously-announced Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC, a Cyberpunk 2077 sequel (titled Project Orion) new Witcher games and an entirely new IP.
Project Orion is still in very early stages of development and unlikely to see the light of day anytime soon. Project Sirius is a game set in the Witcher universe. It is being developed by The Molasses Flood and has 60 people working on it. Project Polaris is the Unreal Engine 5-based Witcher 3 sequel being worked upon by over 150 people from CD Projekt Red. It covers the Witcher 4, 5 and 6 (all tentative), and all three games will be ready within six years.
Lastly, there's Project Canis Majoris, an open-world RPG set in the Witcher universe. A third-party studio with "Witcher veterans" are set to make it. An entirely new franchise called Project Hadar is also in the works. CD Projekt Red plans to develop it from scratch. Very little is known about it, but one can expect more information to trickle down in the coming months. All of the games mentioned above will include multiplayer functionality out of the box.
While it is refreshing to hear CD Projekt Red talk about its future projects so openly, Cyberpunk 2077's disastrous launch will still dampen the hype they would have generated otherwise. Perhaps the new Witcher games might help the company recover some of its lost reputations. It would do well to make the Cyberpunk 2077 sequel a consequence-driven RPG with more than three generic endings and bake in the features that never made it to the original game.