Wait, what? A new US studio… and a sequel to a game released in late 2020 on console in a shoddy, and on PC, a somewhat underwhelming state?
CD Projekt RED has published a job advertisement that openly and undeniably mentions the term “Cyberpunk 2077 sequel.” The Polish company has a lot of balls to say so in a job advertisement, without being so cryptic, when the (and officially only!) add-on for the base game, Phantom Liberty, will leave PlayStation 4 and Xbox One behind, has not even been released yet. The job offer is spontaneous; looking for someone to join the new studio opening in Boston. The ad doesn’t say anything further except to send them your CV if you’d like to work on a sequel to Cyberpunk 2077.
In October, CD Projekt announced in their fiscal earnings report that they were working on Cyberpunk 2077’s Phantom Liberty alongside new The Witcher projects. This new project is codenamed Project Orion and will follow the story of Phantom Liberty. CD Projekt announced this add-on around the same time as the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime, which was a big hit on Netflix, and as a result, interest in Cyberpunk 2077 has been reinvigorated. It’s understandable, therefore, that the game has taken on a new lease of life after its unfinished release in late 2020.
The game has since received a native current-gen (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series) version, its performance is far from scandalous, enough not to be removed from the PlayStation Store or Microsoft Store, and it’s not as buggy today. It’s no wonder that the Polish company will eventually be working on this IP alongside The Witcher and will be using Unreal Engine 5 for that, too, as they dropped the in-house engine REDengine for The Witcher remake.
Do not expect a sequel to Cyberpunk 2077 in 2-3 years: it is possible that it could take 4-5 years, so it could even become a next-gen game.