Making games as great as The Witcher 3 isn’t an easy feat. Not even for a studio as dedicated as CD Projekt RED. When it comes to creating beautiful, breathing worlds the polish team does know how to take their time and create something special. How did the transition from the cold dark world of The Witcher to the colorful cyber world of Cyberpunk 2077?
In the most recent issue of the Art of Gaming, some of CD Projekt Red’S artists talked about the difficulties of moving from Witcher to Cyberpunk.
The team not only wants to get the extra detail needed into models. Colors are extremely important when it comes to setting up an entire universe. Pawel Mielniczuk, character art director says:
“In both worlds, the spectrum of colors should be just as wide as their characters’ spectrum of grey morality”
For CD Projekt RED, the ability of you choosing your character doesn’t come with a generic impact in the storyline. The team has shown us the extent of character development through their gameplay videos for Cyberpunk 2077 and it looks like it will create a new era of immersion.
Michal Stec, the lead content producer says:
“Transitioning from The Witcher to Cyberpunk 2077 was one of the biggest challenges wed had to face.”
This is not only was it because of the person’s view from third to the first person. The ability for us to create our own character demanded required a unique approach, one the studio didn’t have up until that point. We all loved Geralt in The Witcher 3 but we couldn’t help but feel that we’re watching the game as a spectator. In Cyberpunk, the connection between the player and the main protagonist will be tighter and that will impact the way you play the game too.
To pass that turning point, CD Projekt RED had to rely a lot on brainstorming and share ideas with the rest of the team. This is a vital procedure for successful artist teams and one that comes with a level of excitement for the artists themselves. In the past, we’ve known that the studio did have their ups and downs internally, with employees claiming that development was being held behind due to poor management and internal conflicts. If what the developers are saying now is true, Cyberpunk 2077 was a turning point, keeping the studio together instead of tearing them apart.
It won’t be long until we see the efforts of CD Projekt RED come to life. Cyberpunk 2077 releases on April 16th for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.