CD Projekt Red Announces It Will Lay Off Around 9% Of Its Team

Published: July 26, 2023 8:41 AM /


A character in the CD Projekt Red game Cyberpunk 2077 leaning against a desk and framed by an opening through which sunlight is beaming in

The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 studio CD Projekt Red has announced it is to lay off around 9% of its workforce.

In a new post on the developer's official website, CEO Adam Kiciński says that the layoffs are part of a strategy to "[refine] the shape of our teams".

According to Kiciński, in order to deliver games "on time and without crunch", teams must be "more agile and more effective".

Kiciński goes on to say that although there's no easy way to say it, the studio is currently "overstaffed", and there are team members working right now who won't have anything to do within the next year.

As such, CD Projekt Red will let go of around 100 members of its workforce, which works out at "roughly 9% of the entire team".

Geralt fighting off a handful of enemies on a wooden bridge in CD Projekt Red's original The Witcher
CD Projekt Red is currently hard at work on a remake of The Witcher, as well as several other projects.

The change won't be immediate; Kiciński says some team members "will be let go as late as Q1 2024".

The studio has chosen to go public with its decision now in order to give staffers "ample time to process and adjust", as well as to offer those affected a "comprehensive severance package", according to Kiciński.

Kiciński closes his announcement by hoping the affected CDPR team members "stay connected" with the studio, wishing them "nothing but success and fulfillment" in whatever comes next for them professionally.

CD Projekt Red currently has a number of projects in the works. These include a remake of 2007's The Witcher (which is being developed by Fool's Theory), as well as a brand new installment in the fantasy series currently codenamed Polaris.

This is, of course, in addition to the hotly-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 DLC Phantom Liberty, which is set to launch across PC and consoles on September 26th.

We'll have to wait and see whether these unfortunate layoffs have any direct impact on CD Projekt Red's upcoming projects. Stay tuned for more news on all things CDPR.



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