400 Strong and Growing: Polaris Expands, Next Witcher Adventure Nears

In 2022, CD Projekt Red (CDPR) announced a series of new projects, including sequels to the “Witcher” and “Cyberpunk” series. However, subsequent updates on these new ventures have been relatively scarce. Drawing from a report by Wccftech, CDPR CEO Adam Kiciński recently discussed the progress of these projects in an interview with the Polish media outlet, Parkiet.

Firstly, the sequel to the “Witcher” series, currently code-named “Polaris.” Kiciński revealed that the development team for Polaris has grown to over 330 members and is expected to expand to approximately 400 by mid-2024. Additionally, in 2024, CDPR will commence the development of the project codenamed “Orion,” a sequel to “Cyberpunk 2077.” Orion, having completed its conceptual design phase earlier, is now in the stages of team assembly. The core development for Orion will be undertaken by CDPR’s new studio in Boston.

Moreover, a spin-off project from the “Witcher” series, codenamed “Sirius,” is being entrusted to The Molasses Flood, while Fool’s Theory studio is tasked with remaking the original “Witcher” game. CDPR will be closely collaborating with these studios on these projects.

Kiciński also addressed rumors about the release date of the Polaris project, emphasizing their inaccuracy. He stated that following the multiple delays of “Cyberpunk 2077,” CDPR has become more cautious. The announcement of release dates will be deferred compared to previous practices, though they intend to reveal upcoming games as early as possible to facilitate appropriate marketing strategies.

Finally, Kiciński spoke about acquisition matters. He asserted that CDPR has no intention of acquiring other companies, nor does it wish to be acquired by a larger entity. This stance is born from the long journey to achieve their current position, which is expected to strengthen further in the coming years. CDPR places immense value on its independence.