The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red’s upcoming ambitious RPG Cyberpunk 2077 aims to be as “refined” as Red Dead Redemption 2. CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kicinski said during a recent investor presentation that Red Dead Redemption 2 has taught CD Projekt Red that the Polish studio must release “extraordinary games” so it can earn itself a “nice fat slice of cake.”
Kicinski’s comments came in response to an investor question about what lessons CD Projekt Red learned from Red Dead, and if the studio believes Cyberpunk 2077 can score as high critically as Rockstar’s open-world western did.
“Without a doubt, quality is of paramount importance,” Kicinski said. “We strive to publish games which are as refined as Red Dead Redemption 2, and recent Rockstar releases in general. That game is excellent, by the way, we are rooting for it. Rave reviews, excellent sales. What does that teach us? Well, it teaches us that we need to publish extraordinary games, and that’s exactly what we are planning.”
Kicinski added that he has observed a general trend in games today where people play more of the “hit releases” and pass on other titles that don’t capture their attention. Time is a finite commodity, and as such, CD Projekt Red is focusing on making Cyberpunk 2077 “the best.”
“Gamers, it seems, tend to focus more and more on hit releases. There’s only so much time one can devote to video games, and while there gaming community is growing, time cannot be stretched,” he said. “There is–well, maybe not a surfeit, but a fair deal of good games out there, and playing them consumes a lot of time.
“So it pays to be among the best–that’s how you get a nice fat slice of cake, businesswise, and the same cannot be said for the lower leagues. In summary, we are rooting for Rockstar and for Red Dead Redemption 2, and we’re happy to see that excellent games continue to sell well.”
Also during the presentation, Kicinski clarified what stage of development Cyberpunk 2077 is in right now, at least to a degree. He said developers are now “fleshing out the game world.” He commented that the what you saw of Cyberpunk 2077 at E3 and Gamescom was “not quite as detailed” as the final version will look. Overall, development is on schedule, Kicinski said, though it sounds like there is quite a lot of work still to do before it is finished.
“We are filling the world with content and tweaking things, and this involves a great deal of hard work on the part of developers,” Kicinski said. “What I can say today is that we’re progressing fast and according to plan. When we finish, there’s also the hugely important phase of polishing all that game content. There was a question about the quality of the game we plan to deliver at launch and our intention is to deliver something of great quality. Once the game is complete, we can begin to patch various bugs, both major and minor, and we are setting aside time to complete this process.”
Cyberpunk 2077 places players in the role of V, a mercenary who can be augmented with all manner of cybernetic enhancements. The game is set in the futuristic dystopian metropolis Night City, and unlike the Witcher titles, it is played in first-person. You can watch 48 minutes of gameplay in the video embedded above.
In other news, CD Projekt Red recently enlisted the help of a multiplayer studio to help with Cyberpunk 2077 in some capacity. No release date has been set yet for Cyberpunk 2077, but it is one of the most-anticipated games across the entire industry.