CD Projekt Red affirms that it will not “sell itself” to the big guys

CD Projekt Red is currently one of the largest game developers in Europe and will obviously be courted by many big companies, but it seems that this Polish studio has no interest in being acquired. In an interview with a Polish newspaper, Adam Kiciński, the studio’s CEO, shared his view on the possibility of being acquired as well as a few small updates on CD Projekt Red’s upcoming projects. .


When asked about rumors regarding a buyout, Kiciński stated: “We are not interested in being part of any larger company. We have worked all our lives to get to where we are now. And we believe that in the next few years, we will grow even stronger. We have ambitious plans and we are passionate about what we do. We value independence.”


Besides, Kiciński also said that CD Projekt Red is not interested in buying another studio just to “strengthen their financial results”, in the words of the CEO. In October 2021, the studio acquired Molasses Flood, developer of The Flame in the Flood and Drake Hollow. That studio is currently developing a game set in space Witcher codenamed “Sirius”.


Kicińsk also provides minor updates on the list of games it is based on The Witcher and upcoming Cyberpunk as well as new IP from the studio. Development of the next mainline Witcher game, codenamed “Polaris”, appears to be “completed” with around 330 employees. This number is likely to increase to 400 by the end of the year.

“Orion,” the codename for the next Cyberpunk game, has been in the concept stage for a while and the development team is still being assembled. It will primarily be made by CD Projekt Red’s Boston studio and will eventually expand to Vancouver, with support from its headquarters in Poland.


Kiciński then also briefly mentioned the “Hadar” project, a new IP currently in the concept stage. When asked what Hadar is, Kicińsk simply said: “I guarantee you it would be an interesting pop culture concept that would fit both The Witcher and Cyberpunk.”

CD Projekt Red will spend 2024 developing these games. The company is gaining momentum thanks to the positive response following the successful launch of Phantom Liberty’s expansion Cyberpunk 2077 and other major updates. The games mentioned above do not have a specific release timeline.

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