Shortly after the announcement last September, CD Projekt said that Phantom Liberty was the only planned expansion for the sci-fi RPG title. The company detailed the decision during its quarterly earnings call last week.
During a question and answer session, CD Projekt was asked if the sales of Phantom Liberty could convince them to make a second expansion for the game. CD Projekt’s vice president of business development, Michał Nowakowski, responded as follows: “We have reached a final decision. As we announced a long time ago, we will not be working on a second or third expansion. This is the only expansion to the game and it has nothing to do with numbers or our satisfaction with sales or anything like that.
Nowakowski went on to explain: “Honestly, it was a technical decision. This is the last time we will use Red Engine and in the near future, as everyone knows, we will be developing products on Epic’s Unreal Engine. That’s one of the main reasons we’ve come to the decision to make Phantom Liberty the only expansion.”
Additionally, during the earnings call, studio President and CEO Adam Kiciński said that the company is transferring more resources to the next Witcher game as development of Phantom Liberty is completed. Currently, around 250 developers are working on Polaris (codename for The Witcher 4), while the number of employees involved in the Cyberpunk 2077 expansion is even higher.
Kiciński said: “After the launch of Phantom Liberty, we will move a large part of our staff to Polaris. Some of the remaining members will focus on supporting other ongoing projects like Orion or Hadar, but please note that we will also be supporting Phantom Liberty for a while.”
As for the mentioned projects, Orion is the sequel to Cyberpunk 2077, Hadar is a new IP developed at CD Projekt Red. Both games are still years away as Polaris or Sirius (the Witcher game) are expected to be released first. , in 2025 at the earliest.