Gabriel Amatangelo has been appointed as the new Game Director for Cyberpunk 2077 development and the massive amount of work on the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 expansions.
The team behind Cyberpunk 2077 has been led by Adam Badowksi until recently; Badowski has recently shifted roles towards other leadership duties at CD Projekt Red including the "RED 2.0" transition project. A new Game Director isn't the only change-up, mind — Quest Director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz has recently stepped down from that role and left the company according to GamesIndustry.biz; Tomaszkiewicz has not yet announced where he'll be working next.
Badowski being replaced by BioWare and EA veteran Gabriel Amatangelo, a man who has only been with CD Projekt Red for a little over a year. This change in leadership is one of many steps towards fixing the game's many problems — and getting it ready for the future.
Cyberpunk 2077 Development Has a Long Road Ahead
Cyberpunk 2077 development certainly had more than its fair share of problems — there's quite a long list of unfulfilled promises, many of which are still valid today even after several major updates. There's still a lot of work to be done, but CD Projekt Red also has its eyes on developing new content.
One of the many tasks of new Cyberpunk 2077 Game Director Gabriel Amatangelo is to get going on the Cyberpunk 2077 expansions. Although multiplayer gameplay is somewhat uncertain, CDPR still brought in over $300 million in profit last year, largely driven by sales of Cyberpunk 2077. Not that many people have refunded the game, and that means that there is a pretty big install base that's hungry for new content. CDPR has been pretty hush-hush about the future, but one thing is certain — Cyberpunk 2077 expansions are still very much in development.
"We’ve been talking about the fact that there will be expansions for Cyberpunk for a while," CDPR's Senior Vice President of Business Development Michał Nowakowski said in a call with investors earlier this year as reported by PC Gamer. "We haven’t given any details in terms of their names or any potential SRP [suggested retail price] or anything like that, but yes, we can confirm we’re working on them. They’re in our plans."
CDPR is Waiting on Sony for Cyberpunk 2077 PlayStation Store Re-Release
There's one other major hurdle for Cyberpunk 2077 development — the Cyberpunk 2077 PlayStation version was pulled from the PlayStation Store late last year in an unprecedented move by Sony. CDPR is trying to get back on the storefront, but it seems they're waiting on Sony.
As VGC reports, CD Projekt Red has continued Cyberpunk 2077 development on the PlayStation, pushing patches and working to fix the issues that ultimately caused it to be removed from the PlayStation Store. Despite this work, CDPR still doesn't quite know when it will be available for purchase again.
"Unfortunately, I have no new information in this regard," CDPR's President and Joint CEO Adam Kiciński said via a translator. "We are still in discussions and with every patch the game gets better and there is a visible progress, but as we said the decision is an exclusive decision of Sony, so we are waiting for the information about the fact that they took the decision to bring back this game. Until then I am not able to tell you anything more."
CD Projekt Red has a lot of work ahead for Cyberpunk 2077 between fixing old problems and developing new content. It's made several missteps during the launch and quite a few gamers lost confidence in the company; hopefully, these efforts will pay off in the long term and ultimately deliver on the ambitious vision that CDPR showed us all those years ago.
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