CD Projekt Red: Cyberpunk 2077 is 'mind-blowing,' too soon for comic

While The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt continues development at CD Projekt Red, a second team has been methodically working on their next big game: Cyberpunk 2077.

"It is going really, really well and the team is growing and the development... well, I don't want to brag or anything, but really the stuff they've come up with is mind-blowing," said Rafal Jaki, business development manager at CD Projekt Red told Polygon at New York Comic Con.

The company, and Jaki, remain tight-lipped about exactly how they're bringing the storied table-top role-playing game to video games, but Jaki reiterated that it was coming to PC for sure and most likely next-gen consoles.

"It most probably will be," he said, "but we can't confirm or deny because it's too early for that."

What Jaki could talk about was the growing team at CD Projekt Red that is sprouting up to support the developer's two titles.

There are 210 people working at the developer right now split into three groups.

The red team, which is more than 100 people, is dedicated to development on The Witcher 3. The black team, which is smaller than the red team, is dedicated to work on Cyberpunk. And a third "sizable" team spends its time working on the game engine that is being used for both games.

Jaki was at New York Comic Con this week to talk about the recently announced deal that has Dark Horse publishing a run of comics based on The Witcher.

I asked him if there was a possibility that Cyberpunk 2077 could be getting a similar deal.

Under the deal cut with Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith, CD Projekt Red has the rights to pretty much everything but the role-playing game books.

"Mike Pondsmith is retaining the right to his books and that kind of thing, because that's his baby, his legacy for twenty more years," Jaki said. "He knows that market very well. But anything else created, that's us."

While they have the ability to sign a Cyberpunk deal, Jaki said their focus is entirely on what they already have planned.

"Right now we are focusing all of our efforts on The Witcher and I think that's not bad because we love the world and we think it's worth the attention," he said. "But after the premiere of Witcher 3 there are several possibilities that we could explore.

"We are talking and we don't know. That's the truth, we are just talking creatively within the studio. We have two huge AAA titles in development right now. It's so time consuming on our part that we really need to focus on polishing the actual games and then can pick up the conversation on what's going to be next."

While Projekt CD Red might be weighing its options in terms of future comic deals, Dark Horse has no such reluctance.

When I enthused about the possibility of a Cyberpunk comic from Dark Horse, Nick McWhorter, director of custom projects at Dark Horse, joined in, adding.

"Tell me," he said. "Just tell me when."

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