Polish game developer CD Projekt Red has taken a significant step towards its long-awaited sequel to the cyberpunk behemoth, Cyberpunk 2077. They have established a new subsidiary, CD Projekt Red North America, consisting of two studios in Boston and Vancouver.
This talented team, led by seasoned veterans from the original Cyberpunk project, is already hard at work on the sequel, codenamed Project Orion. The news comes as a welcome update for fans eager to dive back into the neon-drenched world of Night City.
While still in the early stages of development, Project Orion boasts a formidable staff. Key members of the original Cyberpunk team, including game director Gabriel Amatangelo, assistant game director Paweł Sask, creative director Igor Sarzyński, and film director Andrzej Stopo, have seamlessly transitioned to lead the new project.
They are joined by Kacper Niepokólczycki as artistic director of the environment, Sarah Grümmer as acting director. lead task designer and Kacper Kościeński as director of engineering. But CD Projekt Red North America isn't just relying on familiar faces.
The team also hired some heavy industry for Project Orion. Industry veteran Dan Hernberg, with experience at Panic Button and Blizzard on titles such as Apex Legends and New World, steps in as executive producer. Ryan Barnard, who brings years of experience from IO Interactive and Ubisoft, joins as Director of Design.
Meanwhile, Alan Villani, whose resume boasts games like Mortal Kombat, is taking on the role of director of engineering. The narrative reins for Project Orion fall into the capable hands of Anna Megill. Her impressive portfolio includes contributions to acclaimed titles such as Control, Dishonored, Fable and Guild Wars 2.
Megill joins Alexander Freed, a writer who has written stories for BioWare, Obsidian, DICE, Wizards of the Coast and FoxNext. Combining CD Projekt Red's established talent with fresh perspectives, this talented team promises an exciting evolution of the Cyberpunk universe.
To further strengthen its ranks, CD Projekt Red is actively seeking diverse talent for various positions in its studios in Boston and Vancouver. However, fans eager to jump into Project Orion may need some patience. The game is still in its early stages, and the release date remains unannounced.
However, the formation of CD Projekt Red North America and the assembly of this impressive team marks a significant step towards Night City's next chapter. It's an exciting development that fuels anticipation for the future of the Cyberpunk franchise.