Amidst the shock whirlwind of CD Projekt’s major notices today arrived an inferior but nevertheless really significant little bit of interior news. Marcin Iwiński, whom co-founded the studio in 1994 and presently functions as its co-CEO, is stepping straight down.
“For me personally, here is a huge minute. I am at CD Projekt for pretty much three decades and I also have observed it get from the couple of passion-driven rebels to an internationally recognized designer of story-driven part doing offers liked by millions globally,” Iwiński penned in their farewell message. “when Michał Kiciński and I also founded the organization, I do not think either folks might have had the oppertunity to assume this amazing journey, not within our wildest hopes and dreams.
“whenever I do believe in regards to the future of CD Projekt, its therefore exciting for me personally. Today, the organization includes over 1,200 individuals across workplaces all over the globe. But CD Projekt hasn’t been about real destination or scale—it’s exactly about the massive level of skill we’ve, while the perseverance and commitment of everybody whom chooses to function right here.”
While Iwiński is stepping straight down from their leader part, he is maybe not making the organization. Alternatively, he will be president of CD Projekt’s supervisory board (starts in brand new tab), which oversees the actions of CD Projekt Capital Group—separate from board of directors (starts in brand new tab)—and will obviously additionally stay a significant shareholder in business.
“In my brand new non-executive part i’ll stay active and involved dedicating my give attention to giving support to the whole administration board,” he stated. “i’ll additionally stay attached to the core of why is united states unique, which will be making the very best storytelling games on earth and doing appropriate by gamers.”
A message from Marcin Iwiński ― co-founder and Joint CEO of CD PROJEKT. pic.twitter.com/NTp7F9RcFwOctober 4, 2022
That final point, “doing appropriate by gamers,” seems specially salient offered CD Projekt’s present history. The massively expected Cyberpunk 2077 had been this kind of mess at launch it totally derailed the studio’s plans for updates and brand new content (starts in brand new tab), and defectively damaged CD Projekt’s reputation among fans. But it is proceeded to function in the game in the last 2 yrs, bringing it to about a place of respectable functionality, and player counts (starts in brand new tab) and product sales (starts in brand new tab) have actually both bounced straight back correctly. Cyberpunk 2077 continues to be no Witcher 3, but it is not any longer a wholesale humiliation, either.
CD Projekt additionally announced today it is starting a brand new studio in Boston that, and its present procedure in Vancouver (starts in brand new tab), is likely to be called CD Projekt Red united states. The brand new procedure is likely to be separate from Molasses Flood, the Boston-based designer for the Flame in Flood that CD Projekt acquired in 2021 (starts in brand new tab), and certainly will allow CD Projekt “to completely make use of the us skill pool.”
Continued development will be important to CD Projekt’s long-lasting plans. The studio additionally established today it has plans for brand new Witcher trilogy (starts in brand new tab) become released more than a period of six years (which appears ridiculously positive), two more Witcher spin-off games (starts in brand new tab), a full-scale Cyberpunk 2077 sequel (starts in brand new tab), as well as an totally initial brand new task (starts in brand new tab) of some sort—all of this together with the present work being done on Cyberpunk 2077 and also the Witcher next-gen update, and whatever its your Molasses Flood is performing. That is clearly a hell of the slate for almost any studio, significantly less the one that’s historically struggled to complete one game at the same time.