Cyberpunk 2077's dreadful reception "changed me and us as a studio", says CDPR dev

Cyberpunk 2077's poor launch led to changes at CD Projekt Red, improving the Phantom Liberty DLC.

: Cyberpunk 2077's dreadful reception in 2020 prompted CD Projekt Red to change its production style. This shift allowed the Phantom Liberty DLC to launch more successfully. The studio has since moved its focus to the next Witcher game, codenamed Polaris.

Cyberpunk 2077's terrible reception in December 2020 significantly impacted CD Projekt Red. According to senior quest designer Paweł Sasko, the game's negative feedback prompted essential changes in their production style, making the launch of Phantom Liberty much smoother.

Sasko told TheGamer at Gamescom Latam that the overhaul in their production approach was only possible due to the initial negative reception. After dozens of patches and the launch of Phantom Liberty, the studio has fully transitioned away from Cyberpunk 2077.

By February 29, 2024, only 17 people were still working on the game, and by April 30, that number dropped to zero. CD Projekt Red is now concentrating its efforts on their next project in The Witcher series, currently under the codename Polaris.