The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt isn't strutting down the beardwalk until 2015. Boooooo. But we shall save mourning for another day, as there is work to be done and questions to be asked. After all, CD Projekt isn't just a Witcher factory anymore. It's also working on Cyberpunk 2077 and a couple mysterious "smaller" games. When Geralt - CDP's clear ace-in-the-hole - gets shuffled back into the deck, what does that mean for everybody else? I got in touch with CD Projekt to find out.
First, the potential bad news. CD Projekt is certainly hoping to have The Witcher 3 out by February 2015, but that doesn't mean it's a done deal. Quality beats speed just as shotgun beats rock, paper, and all forces in the known universe, and CDP will hold onto Witcher 3 for as long as it sees fit.
"Nothing is ever set in stone," a CDP rep told RPS. "Our games are done when they are ready."
"But after lengthy consideration, we’re confident we can deliver upon our own and fan expectations for The Witcher 3 by Feb 2015."
Here's hoping they're on the money this time. On the upside, Cyberpunk 2077's development will apparently continue apace no matter what. Some Cyberpunk developers are currently aiding in Geralt's quest to cross the finish line, but not enough to sideline the massively ambitious tabletop adaptation.
"Cyberpunk 2077 is still in development," said CDP's rep. "While our current focus is on The Witcher 3, it doesn’t mean Cyberpunk 2077 is on the backburner - the team is working hard and everything is going well."
Similarly, CDP's still not-fully-announced other projects are apparently running full steam ahead. "We have several other projects in the pipeline and everything is going great," CDP's rep told me.
So it sounds like things are going quite well, all things considered. Witcher's back in the shop for a few extra months of polish, but otherwise CDP - a now rather large operation - is soldiering ever onward. And all this despite the fact that CDs technically went extinct five years ago.