‘The Witcher 3’ Game Director Joins The ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Team
CD Projekt Red's incredible RPG of 2015, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, was steered to greatness by three co-directors: Mateusz Kanik, Sebastian Stepien (now of Blizzard), and Konrad Tomaszkiewicz. And the latter, a CDPR employee since the very first Witcher game of 2007 (he actually joined in 2004), has now joined the team working on CDPR's next major game, Cyberpunk 2077, as its design director.
A 'one to watch' (to say the least) ever since its first teaser trailer emerged in 2013, Cyberpunk 2077 was finally shown off to the media at 2018's E3 and Gamescom (muggins here saw it at the German event), and swept the boards in terms of conference awards. Watch a clip of the gameplay shown at said events, below.
The confirmation of Tomaszkiewicz as joining the team now, however, might imply that the game's not quite as finished as we'd like, and point to a release date that's a little further away than we'd been hoping for. Could it be that Cyberpunk 2077 comes out alongside the next generation of Xbox and PlayStation consoles, set to be announced later this year? Any bets on 2021?
What I saw of Cyberpunk 2077 at Gamescom last year looked pretty slick, sure, but was just a conference build, created exclusively to show off the game's potential. And even then, it was rougher around the edges that its (private) E3 reception might have suggested. Nevertheless, this is one open-world experience that is shaping up to be something we've not played before - and Tomaszkiewicz, with all his experience, is sure to add to its quality.
Tomaszkiewicz also assumes the role - as reported by PC Gamer - of vice president of game development at CDPR. No pressure there. As for Cyberpunk 2077's next public steps, it's been confirmed as attending June's E3 in Los Angeles - Sony, of course, is ducking out this year - so that release date might just become a little clearer, then.
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