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CD Projekt ventures beyond  The Witcher  with Cyberpunk
CD Projekt ventures beyond The Witcher with Cyberpunk
May 30, 2012 | By Eric Caoili

May 30, 2012 | By Eric Caoili
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

CD Projekt, the Polish developer and publisher behind The Witcher series, announced a new game that will be based on R. Talsorian Games' pen-and-paper roleplaying game Cyberpunk.

This new title, which is billed as a "triple-A RPG," is the first new IP that CD Projekt has tackled since the company found success with its Witcher franchise in 2007. The developer has formed a new group made up of veterans from the Witcher team to work on it.

At CD Projekt's Summer Conference today, R. Talsorian Games chairman and Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith claimed that his franchise has more than 5 million players around the world across its various pen-and-paper RPGs and collectible card games.

Like the similar Shadowrun series, Cyberpunk debuted in the late 1980s and featured many staples from the cyberpunk genre established by authors like William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, such as hackers, cybernetic implants, and megacorporations.

CD Projekt is collaborating with Pondsmith on the title, and says it intends to create a whole franchise of games based on Cyberpunk, just as it did with The Witcher book series created by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The company hasn't yet discussed planned platforms or release timing.

Though Cyberpunk's near-futuristic setting is very different from The Witcher's, CD Projekt says its new game will feature many hallmarks from that series, such as morally ambiguous choices, non-linear progression, and a complex story designed for mature audiences.

The Polish developer also made several other announcements at its Summer Conference, revealing that Spike Chunsoft will publish The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings for Xbox 360 in Japan on August 23. CD Projekt will put out The Witcher 2 for Mac this fall, too.

Launched for Windows a year ago and for Xbox 360 last month, The Witcher 2 has so far sold more than 1.7 million copies.

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Chris Melby
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I used to play this game with my friends. My Troll's name was Baconbits.

The Witcher Enhanced is one of my favorite games and I love sci-fi games, so what can go wrong? :)

I hope this game is more similar to The Witcher than the Witcher 2 in terms of controls and menus -- so very mouse(PC) eccentric; but since the XBox will probably be in the loop, I'm lowering my expectations.

Dominik Dalek
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I think you've confused CP2020 with Shadowrun. ;)

Chris Melby
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You're right, it's been over 20 years, so my memory is overlapping. Now I'm going to have to check with a friend to see if we ever played this game, or if I'm just remembering the book art while frequenting the various game stores. :)

Alan Rimkeit
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@ Chris - All you have to remember is if you played with Elves and Orcs or other stuff like that. Shadowrun = Fantasy crossed with Cyberpunk. Cyberpunk 2020 = Only humans in a dystopian future of Mega Corps.

Chris Melby
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I gathered that. :)

I emailed my friend that DMed most of our games back then and his answer wasn't 100% yay or nay; so I'm still not completely sure If I haven't played this game. :S We played lots of games back then with different groups and most of it is kind of a blur to be honest.

Guillermo Aguilera
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Hiring Me now!!!!!

Alan Rimkeit
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I have wanted a serious, adult Cyberpunk 2020 RPG for forever and a day. The fact that CD Project is making it elates me so much it is hard to describe. They need to read every book by William Gibson if they have not all ready. Snow Crash and all of Sterlings Cyberpunk books too. This is going to kick so much ass! O.O

Jeremy Reaban
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I just hope it's more of an RPG and less an action game. Being middle aged I just don't have the reflexes (or really interest) in action games anymore.

It's kind of ironic though, in the 90s, Shadowrun was the bigger cyberpunk RPG, yet this time around Cyberpunk is getting the AAA game and all SR gets is a low budget mobile game (yes, it's going to be on PC, but it's likely going to be closer to their previous games, which were mobile and closer to GBA games than anything else). Then again, I'm happier with the latter because it will be turn based.

Andrew Chen
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Wait this is for the Kickstarter, right? I did not realize it was targeted at mobiles and I was a backer. Guess I should work on reading comp!

And isn't the REALLY ironic part how you are more looking forward to the "low budget" mobile game than the AAA-budget title? :)