Polish developer CD Projekt Red was held in incredibly high regard after the successful launch of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, an all-encompassing sequel that masterfully built on the first two games in the RPG series. The team's trajectory meant that hype was at an all-time high for Cyberpunk 2077's launch, a launch that didn't exactly go to plan in the end.
The game broadly failed to meet expectations on release, especially the console version, and it took months (and arguably a next-gen update) to sort things out. Almost two years later, as we begin to approach Cyberpunk 2077's first expansion, the game is in a much better state. But, has the whole debacle hurt our chances of getting a sequel?
For now, the team is moving on to The Witcher 4 as its next big project, or as they like to call it, a "new Witcher saga". After everything that's happened with Cyberpunk 2077, the studio has no doubt taken a reputational hit, and we'd be surprised to see them rush this upcoming Witcher title. Still, we're already left wondering about what's to come after The Witcher 4, and whether this team will ever return to the world of Cyberpunk.
It was thought that the two series could potentially alternate, much like Rockstar has done in recent years with Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. This idea still seems plausible given that interest levels in Cyberpunk 2077 remain high, but the question is, would it be worth revisiting a series that hurt the team's reputation as Cyberpunk appeared to? We're not so sure.
For now, we still have plenty of Cyberpunk 2077 to come and go. As we mentioned, a major expansion is in the works, along with a few gameplay overhauls in the pipeline now that the team has all-but ditched the last-gen versions of the game. Once the sun has set on Cyberpunk 2077 updates, and the upcoming Witcher 4 is out of the door, we'll be keen to learn what's next for CDPR and if the team will go 'back to the future' for more Cyberpunk.
But, what do you think will happen to the series? Will we see at least one more mainline entry? Vote in the poll and let us know!