'The Witcher' Developer Releasing Mysterious Unannounced Game In 2016
CD Projekt Red, the studio behind The Witcher games, has a mysterious new project planned for 2016.
This news comes courtesy of a presentation by the developer's president, Adam Kiciński, during the company's 2015 financial results conference call. A slide for the presentation revealed that the untitled game will arrive even before CD Projekt Red's next big title, Cyberpunk 2077, which has a release date of 2017.
There aren't a lot of details available about what this project is, but the slide calls it "a new type of video game format previously unexplored by the Studio."
That's very vague, to say the least, and Kiciński didn't bother offering up any other details. The company already has plans to release Cyberpunk 2077 as its next AAA title, but this project comes before that big release, so it seems as if they're planning on experimenting with this new video game format by making it public.
Could the new title be something for virtual reality? With virtual reality headsets finally going on sale this year (albeit at some pretty high price points) and developers beginning to embrace the technology, could the studio behind The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have a VR card up its sleeve?
Kiciński explained to those attending the conference call that he would not give any more information about this enigmatic project until later. However, he did mention that the company plans on doing more "experimenting" and doing things that "nobody has ever done before." If that's the case, that could rule out VR and mean something else entirely. The only question is what?
Meanwhile, the studio has other plans for 2016 before it unveils that project, including the release of the second expansion for The Witcher 3, "Blood and Wine," which doesn't yet have an official release date (although rumors speculate that it will arrive in April).
The Witcher franchise was a huge hit for the studio, with over 20 million copies of the games now sold. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt released last year and made the company around $62.5 million in profit, certainly enough for its ambitious Cyberpunk 2077 project, as well as this new unnamed title.