With Cyberpunk 2077 looking to be one of CD Projekt Red’s most ambitious projects to date, it’s clear that this game could be the start of a franchise. Add the success of The Witcher, which will soon be getting a Netflix series, and it’s clear that the sky’s the limit for this awesome developer. It looks like these two games will be the company’s main IPs from now on since a new report has suggested that more installments from both franchises will eventually be made.
During the company’s latest financial report (via IGN), the studio revealed that they are moving towards a “dual-franchise” business model that will have them making games for both IPs. This probably won’t be limited to mainline installments since Gwent, a spinoff game from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt seems to be doing pretty well.
"Managing two separate major franchises (The Witcher and Cyberpunk), along with several independent development teams, enables the Company to conduct parallel work on several projects and smoothens its long-term release schedule. This migration towards a dual-franchise model supported by several independent product lines also permits optimization of manufacturing and financial activities, mitigates important risk factors and makes it easier for Company employees to seek professional fulfillment.”
Though we would like to see other new IPs from the company, this isn’t a bad business model to follow. Focusing on two major franchises and making sequels/spinoffs for them ensures that fans will buy them. The fact that CD Projekt Red is known for its quality helps since The Witcher 3 basically broke every rule for modern releases, only really asking fans to pay for the game’s expansion pass.
As someone who is tempted to double-dip on The Witcher 3 for Nintendo Switch, I wish this company the best.
Cyberpunk 2077 will be coming out on April 16, 2020. The Witcher 3 will be coming to the Nintendo Switch this October.