CD Projekt hosted its monetary convention name for buyers and analysts and the corporate’s executives talked extra about their plans for Cyberpunk 2077.
We hear from CEO Adam Kiciński that from the inventive standpoint the studio “might be pleased with the core strengths” of Cyberpunk 2077: a good looking and fascinating metropolis, a gripping and thrilling story, and multi-layered characters.
From a enterprise standpoint, the corporate managed to introduce a brand new IP to the market and to the minds of gamers across the globe.
That being stated, he admitted as soon as extra that not every little thing went as deliberate, and this can be a big lesson for the developer and one that may by no means be forgotten.
Later within the presentation, board member Piotr Nielubowicz talked about that in monetary phrases, 2020 was the very best 12 months within the historical past of the developer. That being stated, he admitted that bearing in mind the sentiment across the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 and the suspension of gross sales on the PlayStation Retailer, the scenario will not be immediately corresponding to the state of affairs seen after the premiere of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Furthermore, a giant a part of the CD Projekt RED workforce (roughly 20%) is now centered on bettering Cyberpunk 2077, and this may affect prices in 2021 and the timing of upcoming releases. A variety of sources are additionally being centered on the next-gen upgrades for each Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3, because the developer believes these shall be essential for the long run.
No exact info was supplied about Cyberpunk 2077 gross sales within the first quarter of 2021 (on high of the 13.7 million introduced for 2020) and extra shall be shared through the subsequent presentation on the finish of Might. But, the manager admitted that normally, the sentiment about Cyberpunk and the scenario with the suspension of gross sales from the PlayStation Retailer that lower the sport off from a big portion of the market (which can additionally not directly affected the players’ choice to buy the sport on different platforms), undoubtedly influenced gross sales.
Kiciński talked about that he believes that the next-generation model launching this 12 months ought to have “a big affect on gross sales and the overall environment about Cyberpunk” 2077.
He confirmed that there received’t be public beta testing for stated next-gen launch, however CD Projekt is working with exterior skilled contractors, so there are plans in place to run as a lot testing as is required.
The technique going ahead is fairly easy, to maintain engaged on the sport and its content material, to maintain bettering the participant expertise. That is “the one technique” to be sure that folks have extra good high quality content material to play with. That is one thing CD Projekt is “very eager” on delivering.
Work in bettering the sport will proceed “so long as it’s mandatory.”
Kiciński confirmed that, whereas a giant a part of the workforce and funds is targeted on bettering the single-player of Cyberpunk 2077, work on the multiplayer is constant and will probably be launched step-by-step as on-line parts added to the single-player. In the end, it’ll take extra time to ship, however CD Projekt believes it’s essential to push extra on the single-player for now.
We additionally hear a tough estimate of copies of Cyberpunk 2077 refunded to gamers. CD Projekt obtained roughly 30,000 requests and over 95% have already been processed.
It was additionally clarified that a lot of the gross sales for the sport attributed to the PC & Stadia class had been on Steam, and people on Stadia aren’t actually corresponding to these on Valve’s platform. Gross sales on GoG.com had been barely lower than 10% of PC gross sales.
The corporate is planning a large advertising marketing campaign for the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 on next-gen consoles, however it received’t be corresponding to the one launched on the finish of 2020.
Kiciński confirmed that CD Projekt isn’t fascinated by being acquired by different firms. For now, they don’t see any benefit in becoming a member of larger teams and so they’re not looking for any chance on this regard. That being stated, they’re open to M&A, however within the different path, with CD Projekt actively seeking to presumably buying groups that may assist them execute their very own technique.
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