The article from GamesRadar discusses the ambitious goals of CD Projekt Red (CDPR) for the sequel of Cyberpunk 2077, drawing parallels with the evolution that The Witcher series underwent. CDPR is aiming for a transformative journey for Cyberpunk 2077, similar to the progression seen from The Witcher 1 to The Witcher 3.
The Witcher series started with a relatively modest first installment, which, despite its cult status today, had its share of issues including quirky combat controls and less polished graphics.
However, the series saw a significant improvement in its second installment, and by the time The Witcher 3 was released, CDPR had established itself as a leading RPG developer. The Witcher 3 was praised for its open world, deep storytelling, and complex characters, setting a high standard for RPGs.
Cyberpunk 2077, despite its rocky start, especially on consoles, is already a massive and polished RPG. Igor Sarzyński, the narrative director for Cyberpunk 2077, emphasized that the sequel’s evolution is more about refining the tone, setting, and gameplay mechanics rather than a complete overhaul.
He acknowledged that while some elements of the game worked well from the start, others required more time and iteration. The sequel aims to create a more coherent and immersive experience by tightly connecting all the game elements.
The article also mentions that CDPR has learned from the mistakes made during the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 and is determined not to repeat them for the upcoming Witcher 4.
However, it is noted that it will be some time before we see the sequels to both games, with work on Cyberpunk 2 just starting and The Witcher 4 not expected until 2025 at the earliest.