Development started again at an early stage
written by Michel Moster Op
CD Projekt Red has shed light on reports regarding the development of Project Sirius, an upcoming spin-off of the Witcher series.
Earlier this month, the developer reported that Project Sirius, one of the new The Witcher games in development, had been fixed during development. The game, which is in development at The Molasses Flood in Boston, was “evaluated” for its “scale and commercial potential”. Although no exact details were given, it appears that the company is incurring additional costs to eventually bring the game up to the level it wants. It seems that the company is hinting that an earlier version of the game has been deleted.
Speaking with investors, CFO Piotr Nelopovich clarified the situation. According to him, the project is “new for us in terms of design and shape” and differs from the “large production” that the developer is known for. “To stay competitive, we need to look for new ways to expand our franchises. At the same time, we need to be able to evaluate our original concepts, even when development has already begun.”
According to Nilopovich, it was a “difficult decision” to overhaul Sirius’ development, “but the right one”. The project did not align with CD Projekt Red’s philosophy in the early days. Rather than continue to incur costs for a game that didn’t quite fit the studio, it was decided to change course early in the development process.
In any case, not much is known about the Sirius Project. Last October, CD Projekt Red revealed that it had several The Witcher games in development, including a new trilogy, which ended up being a remake of the first The Witcher, and Project Sirius, mentioned above.
It was then reported that the Sirius project was going to have an “innovative style” and “deliver an unforgettable story for existing The Witcher fans and new audiences”. The game will be set in the world of The Witcher, but should appeal to a wider audience and contain both single-player and multiplayer elements.
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