Video game developer CD Projekt Red has revealed the development team for its upcoming project, Cyberpunk 2077, is currently larger than one behind its hugely successful RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Its recent investor-relations meeting discussing the company's previous financial quarter drew a wide range of inquiries over the Poland-based studios' projects that are currently in development, particularly its sci-fi RPG Cyberpunk 2077.
In 2015, senior vice-president of business and publishing at CD Projekt, Michal Nowakowski, said the development team was divided between The Witcher 3's Blood and Wine expansion and Cyberpunk 2077.
"There's a sizeable team still working on [The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine], but an even more sizeable team has been working on Cyberpunk for quite a while now," Nowakowski told Gamesradar. At the time he said the open-world RPG was still in "very early development."
Responding to a question about Cyberpunk 2077's current status, the company has revealed its development has significantly expanded with more developers working on the upcoming title than its massively successful, critically acclaimed Witcher 3 had during its peak months in the development process.
"There are currently more game developers working on Cyberpunk 2077 than on The Witcher 3 in its most intensive month," the studio said in a message posted on the studio's investor relations forums, translated by NeoGAF.
Declining to divulge any additional information about the mysterious upcoming game, CD Projekt did note that the release date will be a surprise.
Besides a few newly discovered job postings and leaks surrounding possible vehicular gameplay, complex, futuristic vehicles – including ones that fly – and robots, not many details have been shared about the anticipated sim thus far. However, the company's latest inkling does show that the game's development is currently in full swing.
Announced back in October 2012 with a teaser trailer released in January 2013, Cyberpunk 2077 has been described by the developer as a "multi-thread, non-linear story" that will be "set in the near future in which advanced technologies have become both the salvation and the curse of humanity."
In March 2016, studio head Adam Badowski said in a Q&A session following CD Projekt's financial release that Cyberpunk 2077 is a "huge game" that will be "even better, even bigger and even more revolutionary" than previously planned.
In its recently released biannual financial report, CD Projekt reported sales revenue of 319 million zloty ($82.1m, £61.5m) and 135 million zloty in net profit for the first six months of 2016, driving the company's stock price up with the company now valued at $1bn.
Following the release of Witcher 3's well-received Blood and Wine expansion, the game's final piece of post-release content, the developer has now shifted its focus to Cyberpunk 2077 and its standalone Gwent game.
Cyberpunk 2077 does not currently have an official release date, but is expected to launch for PS4, Xbox One and PC.