It’s not a major indication of how far along CD Projekt RED’s next gargantuan RPG is, but the news does offer a little insight into how things are proceeding within the Polish developer.
The line comes from Adam Kicinski, the chief executive officer of CD Projekt RED, who told a Polish business TV show recently that the studio has a release date planned for Cyberpunk 2077 — although they won’t make that public until they start marketing the game.
“We already have the release date for Cyberpunk 2077 planned, but we won’t announce it until we are ready to start the marketing campaign,” Kicinski said, according to a fan translation posted on NeoGAF. “At the moment we’re concentrating on The Witcher and don’t want to distract users from that product, which we are still monetizing.”
Interestingly, Kicinski also reportedly said that the studio didn’t want to openly talk about the budget for The Witcher 3 because they didn’t want their Western fans to become dejected. “We didn’t want to publish the budget of The Witcher 3 in case western players got scared thinking it’s a low budget game,” the translation reads.
The CDR CEO also said that the studio was striving to avoid exploiting gamers for their money like other gaming companies. “That’s why we don’t want to become part of a larger structure,” he added.
Update: Updated the feature image (thanks @mrsid).