CD Projekt has confirmed that more than 250 developers are working on the next major The Witcher game, codenamed Polaris.
The company provided an update on the size of its development teams working on current projects as part of its quarterly financial results on Wednesday.
The team working on Cyberpunk 2077’s upcoming Phantom Liberty expansion is the largest, though that will soon change, according to CD Projekt CEO Adam Kiciński.
“At the end of July, the Phantom Liberty pre-release team consisted of 300 people,” he said during an earnings call. “That’s less than it was at the end of 2022, but it’s still our largest team. On the other hand, the Polaris team has grown to nearly 260 developers at the end of July.
He later added, “After the launch of the Phantom Liberty, we will be moving a significant portion of the team to Polaris.”
Phantom Liberty is due out on September 26th, and promises to completely overhaul Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay, according to CD Projekt.
The company first announced in March 2022 that it was working on a Witcher game that would start a “new saga” for the franchise.
It also revealed at the time that the open-world title was built using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, rather than their own Red Engine, which powered previous Witcher games and Cyberpunk 2077.
The game entered pre-production last May, and in October CD Projekt confirmed it would be the start of a new Witcher trilogy. She also said that she plans to release all three games within a six-year period after the first.
Elsewhere during the earnings call, CD Projekt explained why Cyberpunk 2077 won’t get another expansion after Phantom Liberty.
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