CD Projekt’s first original IP, codenamed ‘Hadar’, will be another RPG series
The company says not to expect any surprises in terms of the new franchise’s genre
CD Projekt’s first original IP, which is codenamed ‘Hadar’, will be another role-playing series from the company.
The Polish firm announced on Tuesday that for the first time in its near 30-year history, it is creating an entirely new universe from scratch at developer CD Projekt Red.
While this marks a departure for the Witcher and Cyberpunk maker, fans shouldn’t expect any surprises when it comes to the genre of the new franchise from the storied RPG house.
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During a conference call on Tuesday, CD Projekt was asked when it plans to start pre-production of the game and if it will be an RPG.
“We’re not providing any specific dates in terms of the start of the pre-production of the title,” said Michał Nowakowski, CD Projekt’s SVP of business development.
“We’re still at the phase of building that setting and this is the part that’s preoccupying the core team working on it.
“However,” he continued, “when it comes to the genre, we do certain types of games and I think it’s safe to assume that we want to continue to do the games within that kind of genre, so you can imagine what kind of game to expect.”
Nowakowski also said in a prepared statement that CD Projekt began toying with the idea for the game several years ago.
“Early-stage conceptual work commenced in 2021, and – for the first time in our history – the IP is being incubated entirely within CD Projekt Red. It is important to understand that right now we are still working on basic concepts and laying the groundwork for this new franchise.”
The new IP was announced as part of a major CD Projekt strategy update on Tuesday in which the company, which now has over 1,200 employees, said it plans to support three franchises going forwards.
Alongside the original IP, CD Projekt revealed plans for a Cyberpunk 2077 sequel codenamed ‘Project Orion’, a new trilogy of Witcher games, and Witcher spin-offs.
CD Projekt co-founder and joint CEO Marcin Iwiński also announced that he’s stepping down from his current position and plans to take on a non-executive role at the company.