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Core Cyberpunk 2077 team members ‘are moving to the US’ to lead sequel studio
CD Projekt will establish a new North America studio to work on ‘Project Orion’
Core team members behind Cyberpunk 2077 are reportedly planning to move to the USA to lead development on the next game in the series.
That’s according to the game’s quest director Paweł Sasko, who tweeted on Tuesday that he would soon be relocating from CD Projekt Red‘s Polish headquarters to help establish the new Boston-based team who will make the sequel.
According to the designer, “the core team” behind the first game will also move to North America to establish the new studio.
“I see you are asking, so I would like to clarify,” Sasko wrote. “After the release of Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty I’m going to focus primarily on the new Cyberpunk 2077 project, code name Orion!
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“I’m moving to Boston together with the core team responsible for Cyberpunk 2077 to establish new studio and be the foundation for the North American team. Working together with the Vancouver crew and the devs from Warsaw we are going to deliver you a banging next game!”
CD Projekt Red confirmed on Tuesday that the next Cyberpunk game, Project Orion, would be handled by a new US-based studio called CD Projekt Red North America.
The company hadn’t previously been made clear, however, whether any of the Cyberpunk 2077 staff would be moving to this new studio, or how many.
VGC has asked CD Projekt for comment on this story.
Work on Orion will begin after the release of the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 expansion, Phantom Liberty, next year, CD Projekt said in an investor call on Tuesday.
“Our plans are certainly ambitious, and call for a great deal of work, dedication and further growth,” CD Projekt VP and CFO Piotr Nielubowicz said in a statement.
“This is why we’re setting up a new team in Boston, which, together with the expanding Vancouver team, will form our new studio – CD Projekt Red North America. As a result, we will be able to fully tap into the North American talent pool.”
Cyberpunk 2077 was billed as one of the biggest titles of the last console generation, but things went badly wrong for it at release.
After three delays, the highly anticipated RPG released for PC and consoles with a host of technical problems, resulting in refunds being offered and the game being pulled from the PlayStation Store.
However, the game has recently seen a resurgence of players, following a recent patch, discount and the launch of Netflix series Edgerunners. According to CD Projekt, Cyberpunker 2077 has sold over 20 million copies.