Unreal Engine 5 Transition Explained: Limited Expansions for Cyberpunk 2077
CD Projekt Red, the renowned game developer, recently provided insights into its activities for the first half of 2023 during a discussion with investors. In a noteworthy revelation, a representative from the company shed light on the future of “Cyberpunk 2077” and why players can anticipate only one major expansion, “Phantom Liberty.” Let’s delve into the details of this decision and the factors that led to it.
The Explanation by Michał Nowakowski
Michał Nowakowski, the Vice President of Business Development at CD Projekt Red, offered a comprehensive explanation regarding the limited expansion content for “Cyberpunk 2077.” Contrary to the initial promises of multiple expansions, the decision to focus solely on “Phantom Liberty” stems from a significant transition within the company.
The primary factor at play here is CD Projekt Red’s shift to the Unreal Engine 5 for the development of all its future games. This strategic move towards Unreal Engine 5 signifies a fundamental change in the company’s game development framework. As a result, the use of the existing REDengine, which powered “Cyberpunk 2077” and its potential expansions, would introduce complications and unwarranted financial burdens.
While Michał Nowakowski did not delve into explicit details, it’s apparent that the tumultuous launch of “Cyberpunk 2077” played a pivotal role in altering the developer’s plans. Instead of promptly delivering the promised expansions, CD Projekt Red dedicated nearly three years, both financially and physically, to rectify and enhance the game’s overall experience.
Release Date for “Phantom Liberty”
For those eagerly awaiting “Phantom Liberty,” the expansion is set to launch on September 26. Players on Microsoft systems, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series consoles can mark this date on their calendars as they prepare to embark on new adventures within the immersive world of “Cyberpunk 2077.” As CD Projekt Red navigates the transition to Unreal Engine 5, fans can anticipate the release of “Phantom Liberty” as a significant milestone in the game’s ongoing journey.
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