A sequel to Cyberpunk 2077 is in the works and CD Projekt Red is already teasing that it will be bigger than the first game.
Cyberpunk 2077 has been a huge redemption story. Upon launch, it was one of the most derided games in years, plagued with game-breaking bugs, performance issues, and unfinished content. It got so bad that Sony, in a rare move, openly offered refunds for the game on the PlayStation Store.
Since then, the development team for Cyberpunk 2077 has been hard at work getting the game to the place where gamers wanted it to be. While it may or may not reach the lofty ambitions generated by a decade of hype, Cyberpunk 2077 ultimately became a good game in the eyes of many. Now, it appears CD Projekt Red has officially started work on a sequel.
Is a Cyberpunk 2077 sequel confirmed?
A Cyberpunk 2077 sequel codenamed “Project Orion” has been confirmed and is in development.
In a tweet by Cyberpunk 2077 narrative director Igo Sarzynski, he proclaimed his excitement for starting work on Project Orion. He emphasized the importance of a good team he’s familiar with, and most notably claimed that 2077 was “just a warm-up.”
CD Projekt Red was accused of overhyping Cyberpunk 2077 by many of its critics upon launch. How much that overhyping can be attributed to fans or the studio is debatable. That said, it seems that the team on Cyberpunk 2077’s sequel isn’t too bothered with hyping up their next project. The best-case scenario is the team has learned its lesson from the first outing in Night City. Major changes to the gameplay have been discussed, including a move from a first-person perspective to third-person, though the game is likely early enough in development that plans could change multiple times over.
What is CD Projekt Red’s next game?
The Witcher 4, under the codename Polaris, is speculated to come out in 2025.
The Witcher 4 will be the first game in the franchise to run on Unreal Engine 5. Adjusting to the new engine and multiple upheavals within its offices also have impacted the pace of the game’s development.
The Cyberpunk 2077 sequel is also being developed with Unreal Engine 5, alongside the rest of CD Projekt Red’s upcoming releases. Cyberpunk 2077 director Gabe Amatangelo clarifies that they would not be starting from scratch, and they are already working with Epic to bring features of the REDengine to Unreal Engine 5.
Although 2024 will be barren for CD Projekt Red fans, they can expect big things in 2025.