One of the most anticipated gaming titles in history, 2020’s Cyberpunk 2077, has had a rollercoaster existence ever since its launch, which revealed the numerous bugs and issues plaguing the game. However, its developer and publisher, CD Projekt Red, worked tirelessly to issue patches, fixes, and hotfixes to bring the game to a somewhat playable state, and to everyone’s surprise – they did it. As per our previous reports, Cyberpunk 2077 is finally playable, and the game is currently one of the best-selling titles on Steam’s digital store. And now, new rumors suggest that the Cyberpunk 2077 sequel might be in the works.
Upon releasing a poorly-optimized game littered with bugs and errors that even crashed some gaming platforms, CD Projekt Red sidelined all further narrative development and shifted its focus on repairing the broken game. Now, as reported by ComicBook, CD Project continues issuing updates for the game but shifts some of its focus back on the narrative development, DLC, next-gen console release, and apparently the game’s sequel. Adam Kickinski, the president of CD Projekt, recently discussed the company’s slate for the coming year, stating that the developer and publisher remains very committed to the two of its biggest gaming franchises – Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher.
Kicinski hasn’t disclosed any further detail about what’s in store for either franchise, but he did seem to suggest that an official sequel to Cyberpunk 2077 could be in the cards. In an interview with the Polish publication Rzeczpospolita, Kicinski said, “We are currently focusing on our two franchises. Both have enormous potential, so one of our strategic goals is to start working on AAA projects in parallel within our IPs, which is expected to happen next year.”
While Kicinski didn’t mention a Cyberpunk 2077 sequel specifically, the fact that he said triple-A projects associated with the company’s IPs could start development in the following year suggests that the Cyberpunk 2077 sequel might start development. Or he could be referring to The Witcher 4; previous reports have indicated that the sequel to one of the best-selling gaming titles ever is finally in the works. Admittedly, things are a bit vague at the moment, but with 2022 just around the corner, we’ll learn more in the following months.
It’s worth noting that CD Projekt Red already has some half-developed Cyberpunk 2077 projects that the company sidelined to fix the game – most notably Cyberpunk 2077‘s canceled multiplayer mode. It has very little to do with the sequel, but we suspect that the developers could use some of its coding and elements for the purported sequel. Or, it could be entirely possible that Kicinski wasn’t referring to the sequel but the release of the Cyberpunk 2077‘s multiplayer instead. As we said, it remains to be seen.
We just hope that the company has learned from its mistakes and that, if they’re already planning to develop a sequel, they’ll do it right this time. In the end, Cyberpunk 2077 sold approximately 14 million copies in 2020 alone, despite its abysmal launch and the sorry state of the game. With the sales currently on the rise, partially boosted by various discounts, Cyberpunk 2077 might even recuperate its production costs and earn back the enormous amounts of money CD Project lost over it. In the end, if the sale figures will determine whether a Cyberpunk 2077 sequel will potentially be created in the future.