CD Projekt Red explains why Phantom Liberty is the only DLC for Cyberpunk 2077

The studio plans to switch to the Unreal Engine in its upcoming projects.

A follow-up to Phantom Liberty will not be happening.
A follow-up to Phantom Liberty will not be happening.

Cyberpunk 2077 has managed to survive a disastrous launch and is gearing up for the release of the Phantom Liberty expansion. CD Projekt Red has recently shared the reason behind having only one planned DLC for the massive game.

The studio announced last year that the upcoming DLC will be the only expansion for the best-selling sci-fi RPG. During the company's recent earnings call, the developer revealed the reason why only one DLC has been planned for the game. According to the studio, its decision to have a single DLC is already set even if the expansion sells well.

"The decision has actually been made," SVP of business development Michał Nowakowski said. "As we have announced a long time ago, we're not going to make a second or third expansion. This is the only expansion of the game, and it has nothing to do with the numbers and how satisfied or not we are with sales or anything of the kind."

The studio is moving to Unreal Engine 5 for its next projects.

He adds, "It's a technological decision to be honest. This is the last time we're working on the Red Engine for the time being at least, and in the foreseeable future as you know we are working on the Unreal Engine from Epic. This was one of the key reasons why we decided this was the only one."

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty will reportedly overhaul how the sci-fi RPG is played. The core main systems have been "redone or updated in a major way" according to creative director Pawel Sasko and quest designer Despoina Anetaki.

CD Projekt Red may be ready to move on to its next projects after the release of Phantom Liberty. The studio already has plans for a sequel for Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projekt Red recently entered a 15-year partnership with Epic that would see the studio collaborate on Unreal Engine projects including game and engine development.

CD Projekt Red will reportedly move most of the devs working on Phantom Liberty to the next Witcher game.

Aside from the sequel to Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red is reportedly working on the next mainline The Witcher title. The studio said that more than 260 developers are working on the title. A big part of Phantom Liberty's 300-strong team will reinforce the devs currently working on The Witcher 4 after the expansion is released next month. The upcoming game will use Unreal Engine 5 as its main engine for development.

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty is coming to PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S on September 26.

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