Following the announcement of CD Projekt’s monetary outcomes for the fiscal yr 2022, the studio’s CEO Adam Kiciński and CFO Piotr Nielubowicz offered extra particulars in regards to the studio’s future tasks in the course of the convention name for traders and analysts.
Kiciński talked in regards to the transition to Unreal engine, mentioning that the studio is engaged on the pipeline and a few builders are nonetheless studying the expertise, whereas on the similar time, there are groups working along with Epic Video games on the elements wanted by CD Projekt’s open-world story-driven RPGs.
Talking of Undertaking Polaris (a model new mainline Witcher sport that may mark the beginning of a brand new multi-game saga introduced a couple of months in the past), this transition “will not decelerate, however will not speed up” the event. However, CD Projekt expects the change to Unreal to make manufacturing smoother for the next tasks. That is why CD Projekt expects to have the ability to launch three massive Witcher video games in six years beginning with Polaris.
We additionally heard that it is attainable that greater than half of the corporate’s improvement drive will probably be engaged on Polaris by the tip of this yr or the start of subsequent yr.
By the way, Kiciński talked about that each Polaris and Orion (a sequel for Cyberpunk 2077) are on the very core of the studio’s exercise, so it is “exhausting to think about” that CD Projekt might determine to not stick with it with their improvement. He would not see a threat of that ever taking place.
Talking of Cyberpunk 2077, the impression of the anime Cyberpunk Edgerunners was “actually seen” within the firm’s gross sales. This autumn was “tremendous intense” and ended up being the second-best This autumn within the historical past of the corporate (following the quarter during which the sport launched), driving 2022 to be the second-best yr ever for CD Undertaking by way of monetary outcomes.
Mentioned impression on gross sales was seen for “many weeks” and when gross sales settled down, their quantity was nonetheless higher than earlier than the discharge of the anime.
The advertising and marketing marketing campaign for the enlargement Phantom Liberty (which begins in June), goes to be “important” as the discharge of the enlargement goes to be the studio’s largest occasion of the yr. After all, it will not be corresponding to the advertising and marketing marketing campaign for the launch of a totally new AAA sport. Whereas the marketing campaign has been within the planning part for some time, the executives declined to verify or deny whether or not they are going to be current at E3 2023 in June.
CD Projekt expects the launch of the enlargement to assist improve gross sales of the principle sport in the long term, set up the franchise much more, and make it a long-seller. This occurred previously with The Witcher 3 and it is the impact the studio is searching for with Cyberpunk.
Cyberpunk 2077 is at present obtainable for PC, PS5, Xbox Sequence X|S, PS4, and Xbox One.