In a recent interview with Polish website Gazeta, CD Projekt co-founder Michal Kiciński stated that he believes the studio's upcoming sci-fi RPG Cyberpunk 2077 could be a greater commercial success than The Witcher 3.
Details about Cyberpunk 2077 have been scarce, with only a teaser trailer from 2013 and a few job listings from the studio to go by. With the massive success of The Witcher 3, CD Projekt Red has set an incredibly high bar for players who want Cyberpunk 2077 to live up to and exceed every expectation. Speaking with Gazeta, Kiciński is convinced that the studio is developing something special that may surpass the success of The Witcher 3.
"I am convinced that 'Cyberpunk 2077' may be a much greater commercial success than 'The Witcher 3'. The Futuristic world of 'Cyberpunk' is closer to what we know from everyday life. It is also increasingly popular as evidenced of the phenomenon’s presence in a number of films, books, comics and games. You have to remember that fantasy, is a niche topic."
Although The Witcher became a massively popular game, Kiciński notes that there were limitations because they were working within the fantasy genre and the source material was primarily known in Central and Eastern Europe.
"I think that is absolutely real. 'The Witcher' was a fantastic material for the game, but imposed on us obvious limitations. First, we had to deal with the story set in a fantasy world. Second, we promoted brand that was known primarily in Central and Eastern Europe, and not in Western countries."
"I believe that in the case of 'Cyberpunk' CD Projekt will be able to fight not only for the prestigious prizes and awards, but also a great commercial success. The combination of these two elements in the gaming industry is difficult but entirely possible, as the example of Rockstar today, and earlier also and Blizzard."
When asked the much anticipated question, when will Cyberpunk 2077 finally release, Kiciński replied that he knows just as much as everyone else and is patiently waiting like the rest of us. Not the answer I'm sure many were hoping for, but CD Projekt Red seems to be keeping their cards close to their chest on this project until they are absolutely ready to begin a large promotional campaign closer to a launch date.
Among other answers in the interview, Kiciński also interestingly revealed that he hadn't yet played The Witcher 3.
Source: The Wolf Hall
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