CD Projekt Red seems to be ramping up its improvement capabilities in a giant method because it prepares for Cyberpunk 2077’s sequel, codenamed Orion, because it appears to create a brand new studio and put lots of of workers on the undertaking.
Speaking throughout an investors’ call after saying Orion alongside a number of Witcher video games, CD Projekt Red CFO Piotr Nielubowicz stated he expects 350 to 500 builders can be vital to create the sport.
It’s additionally making a model new, primarily Boston-based studio for Orion, which is able to mix with its present Vancouver workplace and be generally known as CD Projekt Red North America.
Though expertise from its Polish studios will even be aiding with the sport (together with Cyberpunk 2077’s lead quest designer Paweł Sasko, who’s transferring to Boston for it), the Vancouver studio solely had round 12 staff members when it was acquired by CD Projekt Red final yr. It due to this fact seems the corporate wants to rent a number of hundred new workers to hit the 350 to 500 quota, and it is already promoting dozens of positions on its website.
“The North American studio will consist of teams working from Boston and the team working from Vancouver,” Nielubowicz stated, and “the project will also be supported by developers from Poland.”
He continued: “As for the total headcount required for such a production, I believe the best reference is Cyberpunk 2077, our most recent release and a good reference point when thinking about development headcount and future projects of this scale. I think it’s safe to assume that between 350 and 500 developers should be required.”
Given that improvement hasn’t begun but, CD Projekt Red did not say an excessive amount of about Orion, however promised it will be “the next Cyberpunk game that will fully unleash the potential that this universe offers”.
The studio definitely has a busy few years on its palms, as a brand new Witcher trilogy was introduced alongside a Witcher universe sport from CD Projekt Red’s The Molasses Flood and one other “full-fledged” Witcher title from a mysterious third social gathering studio.
The studio remains to be working on Cyberpunk 2077’s lengthy awaited first growth, Phantom Liberty, within the meantime. It’s anticipated to be launched subsequent yr, whereas the subsequent Witcher sport may nonetheless be years away.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He’ll discuss The Witcher all day.