CD Projekt RED has announced the creation of a brand-new studio in Krakow, Poland. Actually, the press release says "Cracow," which I now know is a completely valid spelling for the region. The new studio keeps things local for CD Projekt RED, who has its offices in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. CD Projekt RED Cracow will help out the main studio with the development of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Cyberpunk 2077.
"A new studio, new people and new energy - we're growing and we're extremely excited that we can tap into the potential that Cracow has to offer. We want to continue to make better and better RPGs and the new studio is another big step in that direction. Cracow, one of the cultural and scientific centers of Europe, is a really special place that will leave a significant mark on our games," said CD Projekt RED boss Adam Badowski.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is currently scheduled for release sometime in 2014. In a recent interview with the Examiner, Witcher 3 game director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz said that CD Projekt RED is working hard to make "every inch" of the game's new open world "interesting and believable."
"Think about closed-world games. Their storytelling is usually quite good because fewer possibilities for gamers mean that developers can plan more and concentrate solely on the finite number of locations in the game," he said. "We want to take that quality and extend it to an open world. We want every inch of the world you'll traverse to be interesting and believable. That's our way of redefining [the open-world genre]."
"There was a time when open world gameplay meant that you just had to travel from point A to point B with nothing to do in between," he added."Nowadays, there's like a second game between point A and B. If you want, you can forget that point B even exists."
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt looked excellent when I had a chance to view a demo at E3 this year. Hopefully, CD Projekt RED can deliver on their new promises.