CD Projekt Red is trading up from Roach in The Witcher 3. A new job listing from the dev is looking for a Vehicle Gameplay Programmer. Whoever fills the role will join the Warsaw studio currently working on Cyberpunk 2077.
Their job? “The person in this position will cooperate with Gameplay & Level Designers teams to create the whole architecture of vehicle related code, and the physics of driving / flying in those vehicles,” reads the listing.
Sure sounds like some flying is going down in CD Projekt Red’s next game to me. I doubt we’ll be jumping into a sci-fi fighter jet, but a car that can hover around? It doesn’t seem too far-fetched given the listing description.
It’s not just the Warsaw studio looking for new talent. CD Projekt Red’s Krakow studio is looking for a Gameplay Designer to assist on Cyberpunk 2077. This listing also mentions how the devs want to ramp up the size of their team at that studio by two or even three times.
Hype culture will always be a big part of the gaming industry, and CD Projekt Red’s next outing will be one of the epicenters. After the incredible critical and commercial success of The Witcher 3, fans will be expecting Cyberpunk 2077 to be just as good.
The devs know the expectations surrounding their next game and are taking a “when it’s done” approach to the game’s release date. We know from CD Projekt Red’s Strategy report they plan to release Cyberpunk 2077 between 2017-2021 along with another AAA RPG title. Since the unannounced RPG title is expected in this same timeframe, we can assume Cyberpunk 2077 will hit in the first half of this timeline. A mid-late 2018 release date is where I would put my money.
We’ll see if the dev decides to trot out Cyberpunk 2077 at any of the major game shows this year. All we’ve seen so far is this short teaser from three years ago.
What we do know is that Cyberpunk 2077 will be much bigger than The Witcher 3. Marcin Przybyłowicz is also returning to work on the soundtrack for the game. And the odds of us cruising about in flying cars is higher today.