On the day developer CD Projekt Red revealed the next game in The Witcher saga, it also reminded us that, yep, Cyberpunk 2077 still has an expansion coming. The company likely had to pivot hard following Cyberpunk‘s release, sweeping up bugs and basically fixing a pretty broken game. However, work on the game’s first story DLC continues. In an earnings report today, the company claimed that the Cyberpunk 2077 chapter will release next year.
As reported by IGN, several “agile teams” are on station to get the expansion out the door. The creation of said teams was a result of the troubled development behind the game, CDPR President Adam Kicinski said. That’s not all too surprising. The developer went under heavy crunch to get Cyberpunk 2077 shipped, so it makes sense that it would desire a change before the release of the expansion. Let’s hope that’s the reason.
Kicinski reiterated in the call that the company is approaching the upcoming DLC much like it did for The Witcher 3. So, one can expect that the expansion will be grandiose in scale. As I recall, The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine added about 20-30 hours of extra content to the game. And it was amazing.
As it was mentioned in @CDPROJEKTRED_IR financial call moments ago, Cyberpunk 2077's upcoming expansion will arrive in 2023. Please stay tuned for more details coming later this year
A busy year
Following the earnings call, CD Projekt tweeted the company’s roadmap for 2022 (which you can see above). Work on the Cyberpunk 2077 expansion was listed at the top, and the third bullet point mentions “further support” for the game. Naturally, this should translate as more patches and updates, as the game is still somewhat unstable. The roadmap also includes a mention for the next Witcher game. There’s also a point about the next-gen version of The Witcher 3, which CD Projekt Red just yesterday announced would move the development in-house.
The company also revealed the sales data for its two biggest breadwinners. Cyberpunk 2077 has sold more than 18 million copies since its late 2020 release date. The Witcher franchise has claimed over 65 million sales, 40 million of which belong solely to The Witcher 3.
The tale of Cyberpunk 2077 has yet to end, as its developer is sticking to its promise of an expansion to release next year. But as with many of the company’s former promises, we should probably wait and see.