From Blades To Guns: ‘The Witcher 3’ Core Team Will Stay On To Make DLC While Work On ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Begins

Last month, the Inquisitr reported that CD Projekt Red had announced their intentions to keep further development of the The Witcher 3 the studios’ primary focus over the next two years. Statements from the developer revealed their desire to keep improving The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt through additional title updates, DLC packs, and expansions before finally moving on to shift their primary focus to Cyberpunk 2077 in 2017.

Taking the time to speak to IGN at E3 this week, CD Projekt joint CEO MArcin Iwinski once again backed up his studios’ promise to keep the majority of their team busy developing new content for The Witcher 3 for now. However, Iwinski did reveal that they have now started to move a few people over to begin laying the groundwork for Cyberpunk 2077.

“The core team is working The Witcher 3‘s expansions, but more and more people are moving over onto Cyberpunk.”

While the developer isn’t expected to be done with The Witcher 3 until sometime in 2017, Iwinski shared the studios enthusiasm over getting work a completely different project like Cyberpunk 2077. For years, CD Projekt Red has built fantasy games within a medieval setting like The Witcher 3 and its predecessors. With Cyberpunk 2077, however, the team is looking forward to being able to work in a futuristic sci-fi world full of advanced technology and firearms.

“You can craft swords for 12 years, but you might get burnt out. People might want to leave and go work on something else. We’re excited to switch to guns.”

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Speaking about the reveal of the first teaser trailer for Cyberpunk 2077, Iwinsiki stated that they hoped to give gamers just a brief glimpse of the style of their next title in order to gauge public response. After seeing how Fallout 4 was announced at this week’s E3 event, The CD Projekt co-founder said he would like to fully unveil Cyberpunk 2077 in a similar fashion. Iwinski praised Bethesda of revealing their game, showing off gameplay, and then giving a solid launch date all at the same time.

“We released the Cyberpunk teaser trailer because we wanted to see how gamers felt about it. We were super excited about the project internally, but what if it wasn’t the right thing [for us]? But the response has been incredible. Now it’s just up to us to deliver. We’re hard at work on it.”

Proving their continued commitment to The Witcher 3 for now, CD Projekt released two additional DLC packs for the game this week. PC Gamer detailed the add-on content which includes a new scavenger hunt quest as well as new outfit for Triss Merigold.

Are you excited to see what CD Projekt does with a sci-fi setting after the move on from The Witcher 3 to Cyberpunk 2077?

[Images via The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077]