Next Witcher Game “Polaris” To Start Pre-Production This Year, Confirms CEO

The title is moving onto the next stage of development.

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  • The next Witcher game, “Polaris,” is moving into pre-production this year, as said by the CDPR CEO.
  • The CEO wants 400 devs to work on the project by mid-year; at least 250 are already working on it.
  • He also believes that AI can help improve certain processes but cannot replace developers.

The next Witcher game codenamed Polaris, has often been in the limelight for many months. The devs at CD Projekt Red are quite transparent about the project and its early stages of production. As per a new interview by Reuters, it is still in the concept stages but will move into pre-production this year. The tidbit was confirmed by none other than the CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Badowski during the interview.

We’d like to have around 400 people working on the project by the middle of the year,” said CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Badowski.

Polaris is projected to boast about 400 devs by mid-year that will focus on developing the game. The boost in devs implies that it will finally come out of the skeletal stages. It is worth noting that a report from August last year claimed that over 250 devs were already working on the title. So, it is a huge jump in the workforce that highlights the RPG’s immense scope. It is already rumored to feature Co-Op and PvE elements after all.

The CEO also adds his two cents to the discussion of AI that has taken the world by storm since last year. He clarified that the technology, while capable, cannot replace people completely. Instead, it can be used alongside the workforce to “improve certain processes.” It is unclear whether Project Polaris will make use of AI in any way.

We think that AI is something that can help improve certain processes in game production, but not replace people.”

Besides the concept phase being done, Polaris has still not started to take a tangible form. Nevertheless, it will undergo massive changes in the coming years as the new cohort of devs join the fray. In the meantime, CD Projekt Red is brewing a slew of other projects that are currently in development. 

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One of these games includes Cyberpunk 2, and from what we know, it may just address its predecessor’s biggest narrative complaint. It is still in the conceptual phase but seems to be the next focus after the new Witcher title. That is not all; the interview included that multiplayer is also being considered for the sequel, but no other details were revealed. The CEO wants to have 80 developers begin working on it by the end of the year. 

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