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

"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...


CD Projekt Red planning release of REDkit for modders and new games based on its brands

The Witcher 3: The Hunt developer CD Projekt Red plans to expand to the U.S. in addition to releasing REDkit to modders and developing three smaller titles based on its brands, according to the company's four year strategy document. As outlined in the document, written in Polish, CD Projekt's strategy for the year of 2013 includes opening a marketing and PR branch in the U.S., and release an open beta of its REDkit editor and provide support to community development modders. For the period of 2014 to 2016, the developer plans to release two smaller "chart-topping quality titles supporting one of the product lines" of approximately 20 hours of gameplay each and a cross-platform game on mobile platforms based on one their brands. For the same period, the company plans to release The...


Cyberpunk 2077 will have 'multiplayer features,' says CD Projekt Red

Futuristic role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077 will include "multiplayer features," developer CD Projekt Red has told Eurogamer. None of CD Projekt's Red's The Witcher games had multiplayer modes, and it is currently unknown if it will be included in upcoming title The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Studio managing director Adam Badowski confirmed with Eurogamer that current plans for Cyberpunk 2077 include multiplayer. "It will be a story-based RPG experience with amazing single-player playthroughs, but we're going to add multiplayer features," he said. Badowski said the game is still in the beginning stages of development, but the studio plans to eventually make the team working on Cyberpunk 2077 as big as that working on The Witcher 3. The team is "smaller right now" during the game's...


Cyberpunk 2077 characters may speak in multiple languages

Characters in Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red's upcoming science-fiction RPG, may speak in their native language, said lead writer Sebastian Stepien in an interview with Dubscore (translated by a user on the game's forums). Night City, the setting of Cyberpunk 2077, is an diverse metropolis, with people and languages from around the world. CD Projekt Red is considering recording every character's voice in their native tongue, and the player would have to buy a translation implant in order to understand them. "We're thinking about a system that could tell the world's story," said Stepien. "The idea is to record everything in original languages, i.e. if we'll meet Mexicans in the game, they'll be taking [sic] — Mexican slang even, portrayed by Mexican actors." The quality of the...


CD Projekt Red announces REDengine 3, will be used to develop Cyberpunk 2077

Polish developer CD Projekt Red unveiled the latest version of its in-house engine this morning, REDengine 3, crafted specifically for the development of role-playing games with open-world environments with non-linear storylines. In a press statement the company describes the engine as a "next-gen-ready solution" that will blur distinction between pre-rendered and real-time graphics. Color grading and lightning systems have been tweaked to make graphics look more true-to-life, and new animation systems for body movement and facial expression will broaden the range of emotions characters can convey. The engine uses an updated version of CD Projekt Red's REDkit editor, a toolset tailor-made for producing RPGs. The tool allows developers to build numerous quests in a branch-like pattern...


Cyberpunk 2077 co-creator talks about the inspirations behind the game

Mike Pondsmith, co-creator of Cyberpunk 2077, revealed the real-world inspirations behind the game's Night City and thematic choices during a recent video interview with Machinima. Pondsmith is the creator of pen-and-paper role-playing game Cyberpunk 2020, of which CD Projekt is basing 2077. He is contributing to different aspects of the video game's world and mechanics. According to Pondsmith, Cyberpunk is not about saving humanity, but "about saving yourself." "In the Cyberpunk world, I realized real soon it was a world where people had the technology, but it didn't fundamentally change the fact there was a lot of treacherous, nasty behavior, large weapons and a lot of serious danger," said Pondsmith. "The important part in Cyberpunk is just that. It's not the technology. It's the...


Cyberpunk 2077 staying true to its roots with printable character sheets, player choice

Fans of pen-and-paper role-playing games can be difficult to satisfy when it comes to the digital adaptations of those games; perhaps not unreasonably, given the gap between the improvised theatrics of the former and rigid, predetermined programming of the latter. CD Projekt Red, developers of The Witcher series — which itself had a tabletop RPG interpretation before becoming a video game — is taking the seriousness of this group's concern with its next title, Cyberpunk 2077. "The whole team are fans of the original system and have warm feelings for it," Cyberpunk 2077 lead writer Sebastian Stępień told Polygon in a recent interview. "We are aware of the large fanbase out there, too, so we have to keep them in mind. That's why we actually read the comments on our blog and forum. We...


CD Projekt Red teases open-world 'other project' to be announced Feb. 5, possibly new Witcher title

Hidden within a few frames of the recently released debut trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 is a message to fans of the Polish video game developer, promising an upcoming reveal of its next project, an open-world game. The message, spotted by NeoGAF user EatChildren, gives some background into the development of Cyberpunk 2077, explaining what the game will be like, and why the company announced it so long before its intended release. Near the end of the Easter Egg, the message reads, "And that's not all that's new, we are about the reveal our other project which is much closer to being completed. And yes, it will also be a fully open-world game with an intense story. You can probably guess the game we're talking about. On the 5th of February it will be all clear." Rumors about The Witcher...


Cyberpunk 2077 debut trailer introduces the Psycho Squad

Cyberpunk 2077's first official trailer introduces some of the themes players will encounter in CD Projekt Red's upcoming adaptation of the pen-and-paper franchise: Physical augmentation, a bleak cityscape and a good deal of violence. The trailer mainly focuses on still models, depicting a gruesome scene in the streets of Night City, Cyberpunk 2077's setting. A woman has massacred 14 people with blades protruding from her arms after going "psycho," a thoroughly unscientific term for when a human's surgical and substance-based augmentations overcome them, turning them into killing machines. When this happens, a special branch of the police are called in to deal with the situation: the Psycho Squad. "These guys are exceptional, these guys are crack troops," said CD Projekt Red studio...


At CD Projekt Red, the development devil is in a game's many details

At CD Projekt Red, the Polish developer of the Witcher series of RPGs and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, development is all about sweating the details, and the studio is swimming in them, according to a post on the developer's blog by senior quest designer Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz. CD Projekt Red splits development responsibilities between two teams: story design and quest design. The former creates "the very foundations for the game that we all build upon." The latter operates "at the micro level of the storyline, thinking what solutions could and what solutions couldn't be implemented in game, what could work in quests and how to implement them in a way that will appeal to the players," according to Tomaszkiewicz. "Quest design work is a constant striving for perfection, and, being...

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