Sebastian Stepien, a creative director for the upcoming RPG Cyberpunk 2077, has reportedly left CD Projekt Red for a similar role at Blizzard Entertainment.
His apparent career change was spotted on his LinkedIn account this morning. It states that Stepien has joined Blizzard's California office as a creative director.
Neither CDPR or Blizzard have officially confirmed his departure. And his LinkedIn Experience still says that he's currently working on Cyberpunk 2077, and for its Polish developer.
Stepien has been part of the Warsaw-based studio since 2006, where he picked up various writing roles for The Witcher and The Witcher 2, before landing a lead story designer job in 2010.
A few years later, he was one of three creative directors who brought The Witcher III to life, which deservedly became one of the most celebrated games of this generation.
He was also a narrative and setting director for Cyberpunk 2077, which is expected to release either this year or next. So if his departure is true, and for a rival company no less - it's huge.
Perhaps his move suggests that 2077 is nearing its finalised state - who'd want to leave that game behind, right? Then again, maybe that's just wishful thinking. But Blizzard bosses must have a couple of impressive ideas, if they managed to pry Stepien away from what's expected to be another CDPR hit.
We know that the American developer will bring us Diablo IV at some point (after its mobile game, of course), but is that series' format really Stepien's forte? Blizzard has been hiring en masse of late, and with a big name like his joining the ranks, something bolder may be on the horizon.
Sit tight for official confirmation regarding Stepien's new role, and keep an eye on his LinkedIn to see what game he'll actually be working on.
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