CD Projekt RED

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CD Projekt RED
Division of CD Projekt
Industry Computer and video games
Founded 2002
Founder Michał Kiciński
Marcin Iwiński
Headquarters Warsaw, Poland
Products The Witcher series
Cyberpunk 2077
Number of employees
Parent CD Projekt

CD Projekt RED is a Polish video game developer founded in 2002 as a development studio of CD Projekt. The studio is best known for developing The Witcher games, based on the book series of the same name by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.


After the launch of The Witcher in 2007, CD Projekt RED had a few projects in development. Most of the games were cancelled as a result of massive financial problems that CD Projekt had during the economic crisis of 2009-2010. In February 2008, CD Projekt RED's parent company CD Projekt acquired Metropolis Software, which was subsequently merged with CD Projekt RED.[3] During that time, Metropolis Software was working on a first person shooter called They. The game was put on hold in 2009 with the merger of the Metropolis Software studio, when CD Projekt was struggling with financial problems. Later it was revealed[4] that after CD Projekt RED's input, They was supposed to differ from the original vision of Metropolis Software and be much more story-driven, inspired by games like BioShock or Half-Life 2. CD Projekt RED stated that They was only a working title, the game was supposed to be released under a different name. The rumored final title was Interference.[5]

CD Projekt RED was also planning to publish two expansion packs for the original The Witcher.[6] Both expansions were focused purely on the story and cancelled before they were ever officially announced. CD Projekt was interested in creating additional content for The Witcher in the same way that the premium mods were made for the original Neverwinter Nights and contacted two developers recommended by BioWare. The first expansion was called The Witcher: Scars of Betrayal and was in development at Ossian Studios, known as the developer of Neverwinter Nights 2: Mysteries of Westgate adventure pack for Neverwinter Nights 2. Scars of Betrayal was a stand-alone story set in the small village of Kurcova, where Geralt was to be caught in a web of intertwined intrigue and complex interpersonal relationships. The second expansion, called The Witcher: Outcast, was in development at roXidy, the developer of the Neverwinter Nights premium module Wyvern Crown of Cormyr. The story was set on the island of Faroe in the Skellige Isles, one of the locations that was later included in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. CD Projekt RED is also working on Cyberpunk 2077, an open world RPG based on the Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop system created by Mike Pondsmith.

Games developed[edit]

Year Game Platform(s) Engine Notes
2007 The Witcher Microsoft Windows, OS X Aurora Engine Enhanced Edition released in 2008
2011 The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, OS X, Linux REDengine Enhanced Edition released in 2012
2014 The Witcher Adventure Game Microsoft Windows, OS X, iOS, Android N/A Development cooperation with Fantasy Flight Games
2015 The Witcher Battle Arena iOS, Android Unity Development cooperation with Fuero Games
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One REDengine 3
TBA Cyberpunk 2077 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One REDengine 3


CD Projekt RED is openly against the inclusion of DRM technology in video games and software. The company believes that DRM is not an effective measure of stopping software piracy. It has based these beliefs on the data received from the sale of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. CD Projekt RED found that their initial release, which included DRM technology, had been pirated over 4.5 million times, while the DRM-free re-release saw far lesser pirate-activity.[7] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was released without DRM technology from the beginning.[8]

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  1. ^ "Our History". Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Adam Badowski". Retrieved May 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ Kalista, Randy (18 February 2008). "Metropolis Software and CD Projekt form super Central European development house". Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  4. ^ "Eksluzywny wywiad z Michałem Kicińskim". 29 April 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Gram pytań: Rocznica Wiedźmina, czyli Michał Kiciński na spytkach!". 9 November 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ossian Studios Interview". 17 April 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Griffiths, Daniel Nye (18 November 2012). "'The Truth Is, It Doesn't Work' - CD Projekt On DRM". Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Iwinski, Marcin (30 October 2013). "No DRM in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - an open letter to the community". CD Projekt RED. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 

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