Developer CD Projekt Red has confirmed that development on the sequel to Cyberpunk 2077 will begin in 2023. The Polish studio confirmed back in October that it was working on a sequel along with a new trilogy of Witcher games, including The Witcher Remake which is now expected to launch after The Witcher 4.
According to a third-quarter earnings report covered by Tech4gamers, the Cyberpunk 2077 sequel will enter pre-production next year. However, CD Projekt Red will only begin working on it after the release of the Phantom Liberty expansion, which is expected to release next year for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
“We are concentrating on the final stage of the development of Phantom Liberty,” said the president and joint CEO of CD Projekt Red Adam Kiciski. Around 350 people are currently working on the paid expansion.
Cyberpunk 2077 originally launched in late 2022 to mostly divisive reviews, with many panning the poor performance of the game on consoles. CD Projekt Red doubled down on fixing these issues over the last two years, with updates still arriving today providing patchwork.
Thanks to the release of the Netflix and Studio Trigger anime Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, the game exploded into popularity again and managed to surpass a 20 million sales milestone this year. Thankfully, a lot of work was done to fix the console version’s issues over time. It’s now a much smoother experience than it was at launch, offering plenty of free DLC in the process including some themed after Edgerunners.
However, CD Projekt Red is going back to its roots as it’s returning to The Witcher series with a string of new games in the works. Apart from The Witcher Remake, a new trilogy of Witcher games are also in development.
Cyberpunk 2077 is currently available on PS4, Xbox One and PC with free upgrades available to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.