Despite a few setbacks, CD Projekt Red seems committed to making Cyberpunk 2077 a fully-fledged franchise that goes beyond video games.
Despite some failures of Cyberpunk 2077 so far, CD Projekt Red is committed to further developing the IP. Although the studio initially had big plans for Cyberpunk 2077, many of them were eventually reconsidered following the game’s troubled launch. However, this does not mean their hard work to build the Cyberpunk universe will be put aside.
At the company’s recent earnings call, CD Projekt’s Vice President of Business Development, Michal Nowakowski, confirmed that the studio is committed to building and expanding the Cyberpunk franchise.
“We’re totally, fully committed to developing the Cyberpunk IP further,” Nowakowski said, adding that this goes beyond the recently announced Phantom Liberty expansion of Cyberpunk 2077.
In a statement, Nowakowski acknowledged the time and effort the team has put into the development of Cyberpunk 2077 and said the studio wants to build on what they’ve built today with new stories, new experiences and new content. He also added that this doesn’t necessarily have to be in a video game format, reinforcing the idea that Cyberpunk 2077 will only be adding a significant expansion for the foreseeable future.
In fact, CD Projekt Red has already begun executing its plans for an expansion to the Cyberpunk franchise. One way to do this is through the upcoming anime adaptation of Cyberpunk 2077. Developed in collaboration with Studio Trigger for Netflix, the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime will tell a standalone story about a street kid trying to survive in Night City. It’s a loose adaptation of the game, but CD Projekt Red recently stated that the story would become canon.
The connection between the anime series and the video game is also reflected in the latest DLC for Cyberpunk 2077 and update 1.6, which features a new mission set from the perspective of the anime’s protagonist, David Martinez.
While the first episode of the anime series will be released on September 13, the DLC for the game is available now, including on PS4 and Xbox One.
In addition to the video platform, CD Projekt Red is also working on a board game adaptation of Cyberpunk 2077, which will be released in July 2023 following a successful crowdfunding campaign. It is also possible that the studio or its subsidiaries will develop a spin-off game based on the Cyberpunk 2077 universe. So Cyberpunk 2077 fans should be pretty excited about the franchise’s future.