Cyberpunk 2077 sequel likely to start pre-production in 2024

CD Projekt Red's CEO Adam Kiciński confirmed that Project Orion, the sequel of Cyberpunk 2077, will enter its research phase next year.

Cyberpunk Sequel Pre Production
A sequel to Cyberpunk 2077 could realize the potential of the original.

CD Projekt RED revealed that the sequel to Cyberpunk 2077 won't start pre-production until next year, presumably after the Cyberpunk 2077 expansion, Phantom Liberty, is released. It might not even happen until 2024 if not later.

CDPR's third-quarter earnings report saw president and joint CEO, Adam Kiciski, confirm the company is currently focused on the "final stage of the development of Phantom Liberty," with some 350 people collaborating on the project.

He added that the studio is still working on the new Witcher trilogy and The Witcher remake. Finally, he also mentioned that Project Orion, the codename for the Cyberpunk 2077 sequel, is "probably" not going to start pre-production anytime soon.

According to the company's CFO, Piotr Nielubowicz, CDPR will "accelerate the work on the Orion project done by the new Boston studio," as soon as Phantom Liberty is out. However, if you read further into the financial call, it appears CDPR wants to focus on The Witcher 4 first.

Most likely, CDPR will devote most of its resources to the next The Witcher game before it starts ramping up development on the Cyberpunk 2077 sequel.

In the end, it makes sense to focus more on The Witcher than Cyberpunk 2077. Keep in mind, The Witcher is still CDPR's bread and butter. Not to mention, Cyberpunk 2077 nearly sunk CDPR. If it wasn't for a second wind following the release of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, audiences might not be as curious to find out about The Phantom Liberty let alone a sequel to Cyberpunk 2077.

So, if you're hoping to see CDPR revisit Cyberpunk 2077 anytime soon, don't.

Most likely, the timeline for CDPR's next projects will see The Witcher 4 hit the store shelves first followed by The Witcher remake. Even by then, it's doubtful CDPR will reveal the sequel to Cyberpunk 2077. Honestly, we wouldn't be surprised if CDPR reserves the follow-up to Cyberpunk 2077 for the PlayStation 6, which is presumed to launch by 2026.

Cyberpunk Sequel Pre Production
It's still a shame that Cyberpunk 2077 is getting only one expansion.

In the meantime, fans can look forward to playing Phantom Liberty sometime next year. Keep in mind that it won't be a free DLC, much to the disappointment of hopeful fans. Also, CDPR has confirmed that it has no plans to do a second season of Edgerunners despite its success.

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