After all this talk of loot crates, it’s nice to slip back into some altogether more pleasant news. After recent rumours surrounding troubled development at CD Projekt RED, studio president Adam Kicinski has been speaking out about the potential of Cyberpunk 2077. He believes CDPR can better The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in every way.
Speaking to Polish market analyst Strefa Inwestorów, Kicinski was asked how Cyberpunk 2077 could top The Witcher 3. “Everything,” he succinctly said. “Every time we make a game we want to make a better one than before. We want to experiment in new fields which weren’t yet explored in The Witcher. I can't say much about Cyberpunk, but our ambitions are set really high because that's our style of work. We want to go even higher, and especially seeing how we're having a business chat, we're interested in Cyberpunk being even more commercially significant.
"The Witcher is an unquestionably very good game; a great success in commercial terms. We are very happy but it's still far from the world records. Individual games can sell much much better. With this in mind, creating the phenomenal Cyberpunk 2077 we hope to do even better with this title than we already did with The Witcher 3," he continued.
"Of course everything is ahead of us. It's no forecast. These are just our dreams. Investments in Cyberpunk will, of course, be much bigger than those in The Witcher. We don't reveal the budget but our sales goals are much bigger."
Precise details on Cyberpunk 2077 are still remarkably scarce. CDPR has been keeping it heavily under wraps since its announcement more than five years ago. During this same interview though, Kicinski let one more tidbit of info slip out - Cyberpunk 2077 will have some form of online element.
“Online is necessary, or very recommended if you wish to achieve a long-term success. At some point, we have mentioned that there will be a certain online element related to Cyberpunk.” Eek. Quite what this means it’s difficult to say, although recent rumours have pointed towards a social hub from which players can head out on their quests. If CD Projekt RED can make Cyberpunk a spiritual successor to Phantasy Star Online, all my dreams will be realised.