Cyberpunk 2077 Sequel Reportedly In The Works

Himel Mahmud
By Himel Mahmud
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Credit: CD Projekt Red

The sequel for Cyberpunk 2077 from CD Projekt Red is in pre-production, according to new job listings.

Details about the Cyberpunk 2077 sequel have been leaked online after some job openings from CD Projekt Red. The job opening seemingly confirmed that the sequel is in pre-production. CD Projekt Red released Cyberpunk 2077 in 2020 after being in development for almost a decade.

After launch, Cyberpunk 2077’s poor gameplay experience was met with severe controversy and backlash from the community. However, after numerous updates and three years of post-launch support, CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 is finally brought to its current state of the game.

Cyberpunk 2077 | Credit: CD Projekt RED
Cyberpunk 2077 | Credit: CD Projekt RED

Cyberpunk’s redemption began after the Netflix anime series “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” by Studio Trigger. After the show’s popularity and number of updates, the game’s key mechanics were massively overhauled. In 2023, An expansion, Phantom Liberty, starring Idris Elba, was released for PlayStation 5, Windows, and Xbox Series X/S on 26 September 2023.

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Cyberpunk Sequel ‘Orion’ in Pre-Production

CD Projekt RED announced the Cyberpunk 2077 sequel codenamed Orian in October 2022. The Polish developer announced the sequel before the project went into pre-production, as the studio thought it would be best to work on a game when the project’s existence was already known to the public.

Cyberpunk Project Orion | Credit: CDPR
Cyberpunk Project Orion | Credit: CDPR

“As work on the follow-up to Cyberpunk 2077, codename Project Orion, enters early stages of development at CD PROJEKT RED North America,” CD Projekt Red said on the job listings. “The company is currently hiring for various positions across its Boston and Vancouver locations.”

In the job listings posted by CD Projekt, some minor details of codename Orion have been revealed:

  • Cutscenes and ‘movie sequences’ will be ’emotional and bursting with action’
  • Crafting mechanics return from Cyberpunk 2077
  • Open-world events (assumedly more than in Cyberpunk 2077) will be focused on
  • It potentially has multiple maps, per a mention of creating ‘breathtaking worlds ‘
  • Dialogue scenes and gameplay will blend seamlessly together

CD Projekt Red is bringing some veteran developers with impressive resumes for Project Orion. Firstly, Dan Hernberg has joined CDPR as the executive producer for Project Orion. Hernberg previously served as the head of production at Amazon Games and lead product manager at Blizzard Entertainment.

Ryan Barnard, best known as a game director at Ubisoft Massive and IO Interactive, has joined as the design director. The engineering director spot will be taken by Alan Villani, who has previously worked on Mortal Kombat games. Lastly, Anna Megill will be the lead writer, and Alexander Freed will assist with writing for Project Orion. Megill has previously worked on AAA titles like Control, Dishonored: Death of The Outsider, and Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.

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Himel Mahmud is a writer and social media manager at GameRiv. He is a former FIFA professional. He is also a social media and digital marketing expert.