In October 2022, CD Projekt Red revealed four upcoming projects, each given a codename such as “Project Hadar,” “Project Canis,” and “Project Sirius.” All four of these games are in the initial stages of development, and the company has only disclosed a few details about each. Two of the projects are set in the The Witcher universe, one being a new mainline trilogy and the other a multiplayer game. Project Hadar is an original IP, while the final one, Project Orion, is a direct sequel to Cyberpunk 2077.
The Polish studio CD Projekt Red has had to increase its capacity by opening the CD Projekt Red North America studio in Boston, which is overseeing the production of Project Orion. Even with a designated studio, it is doubtful that fans will witness the Cyberpunk 2077 sequel in the near future.
It Could Be Quite Some Time Before Fans Get to Experience the Next Installment of Cyberpunk 2077 With Project Orion
CD Projekt Red announced Cyberpunk 2077 in 2012, prior to the release of The Witcher 3. It is believed that the real development of the game didn’t begin until 2016, after the last expansion of The Witcher 3 was finished. During the five year period following the initial announcement of the game, it gained a notorious reputation for its silence. Ultimately, Cyberpunk 2077 took a long time to actually make it to store shelves.
In 2018, Cyberpunk 2077 was teased and given its first projected release date for April 2020. Unfortunately, the game didn’t make it to any of the release dates, eventually being released in December 2020. This eight-year development cycle made it one of the longest in all gaming history, but Project Orion could potentially break that record.
In October 2022, CD Projekt Red initially revealed Project Orion, stating that only the beginning stages of work had commenced. Generally, for an RPG of Cyberpunk’s magnitude, development may require anywhere from two to five years. Therefore, the least amount of time fans should anticipate waiting is roughly three years, though that’s still a questionable projection.
CD Projekt Red is working on five different projects, with The Witcher titles being of highest priority. Insider reports suggest that The Witcher 4 has been in development since 2021, though it will unlikely be released until 2025. The other Witcher related projects are expected to be released a year apart from each other.
Project Orion’s release date has been pushed to 2028, and Project Hadar is a new IP that is yet to receive an estimated date. CD Projekt Red appears to be devoting the next few years to the The Witcher franchise, with the upcoming DLC Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty as the last installment in the Cyberpunk series for a while. This means that fans will have to wait a long time before they get to experience a sequel of Cyberpunk 2077.
Cyberpunk 2077is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S.