The beginning of September was an interesting month for video game fans as well as investors who had placed their hopes in the Polish company. CD Projekt published financial results for the first half of 2021 less than two weeks ago, in which they clearly confirmed that the main revenue is coming from the sale of Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The first production started on the market relatively recently, ten months ago, so the cash injection it provides should not surprise anyone – compared to the third adventure of Geralt of Rivia, who is still looking for new buyers. This is further evidence that the third Witcher is a phenomenon on a global scale, and it is gratifying that the Polish developers were responsible for its preparation.
Remove dirt from the past
Due to the fact that post-premiere support for The Witcher 3 has long since ended (during which REDs provided us with not only two great story extensions, but also many side quests available for free), the original developers are still patching the mercenary-focused storyline. It’s called V. It sounds strange considering the information I mentioned in the first paragraph – it’s been nine months since CP2077 was released, and the game still doesn’t run perfectly on previous generation consoles. We’ll never find out why the game’s “ex-genes” came into such a sorry state, but we’re glad the Poles made it possible for angry customers to replay the game and are still making patches that affect the improvement.
Away from the topic of the status of the latest CDPR game for PS4 and XONE, which has been thrown around all the time around the inception of the game, Warsaw residents are currently dealing with at least three projects. As Adam Kisinsky himself stated:
“Serving Cyberpunk both in studio transformation and in remote work mode, which is still largely in effect with us, is more challenging, but we are giving our best. In addition to the following updates, we are currently working on other projects, including next-generation console versions. New from Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3, and an expansion pack for Cyberpunk.
Here we are talking about the custom versions of the CP2077 and W3 for owners of the latest Sony and Microsoft consoles – PS5 and XSX | S – plus an imaginary addition to the first element, which we only know is being created. It’s hard to say if it will advance the story of V, or will allow you to play a new hero who is completely unrelated to the events we saw from the perspective of the hero we just mentioned. What’s for sure, however, is that it’s worth watching closely, because RED is already accustomed to the fact that their DLC can embarrass even full-fledged games from other publishers.
Unfortunately, the chance that the expansion pack to CP2077 will appear before the premiere of both games on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S is very slim. According to the information available so far and rumors spread by several industry insiders, the updated Witcher and Cyberpunk are the priority ones. In what order exactly? It’s unknown, but if I played a bookmaker, I’d bet the world of Mike Pondsmith. Adventure V is a “younger” title and more people are waiting to buy the game to get new gear, as graphic compromises and low cash shouldn’t happen. On the other hand, at the end of the year, the second season premiere of The Witcher on Netflix … a difficult decision and knowing my luck, at this bet I will put a “cross” to report the loss.
Coming back to the heart of the matter, the September financial report shows that we’ll be able to see revamped versions of the last two RED games “late 2021,” which will be towards the end of the current calendar year. This information was optimistic, but after reading the statement of Michal Novakovsky, Vice President of Business Development, regarding last year’s experiences, the smile quickly disappeared on his face. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, I might put it below:
“The goal is to release a next-generation version of Cyberpunk 2077 later this year. At the same time, considering the lessons we’ve learned over the past year and given that this project is still in development, we can’t say for sure that the production schedule is up. will not change.
“With The Witcher 3, the situation is a bit different, being handled by an outside team, Saber Interactive – a company we’ve worked with before on Switch, as well as updates in the past. As with Cyberpunk 2077, our goal is to launch This game is by the end of 2021. However, likewise, the development process is ongoing and we cannot be completely sure that the release schedule will not change.”
“For now, however, we are definitely aiming to have both titles in late 2021 and I don’t want to be more specific at the moment.”
If it weren’t for the weird, hard-to-explain premiere of Cyberpunk 2077 on PS4 and XONE, I think there’s nothing to worry about and just wait patiently for updates on the state of the works. However, due to the events of the relatively recent past, there is a lot of pressure on CD Projekt RED – on the one hand, they feel the breath of nervous fans on their backs who want to go to Night City filled with neon and/or the emaciated Felin as quickly as possible, and on the other hand, smoke The back of their heads is down, and there’s a lamp that lets developers understand that they can’t make big mistakes because they’ll get mixed up in mud again. This is what everyone wants to avoid.
Can’t you please everyone?
We’ve reached the point where the CP2077 and W3’s delivery of new consoles won’t appeal to all parties involved. The original creators can bet on one project, which may upset those waiting for second place. Otherwise, the postponement of the two prime ministers to 2022 will be negatively accepted. I have the impression that it will not be possible to accommodate everyone, and that the scenario discussed today will appear in perfect condition on PS5 and XSX | S in November/December 2021, which I do not take into account at all, because for me it is an impossible performance.
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