The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red has received almost $30 million PLN ($7 million) from the Polish government for the purposes of researching new gaming features.
The Polish developer announced the funding recently (via wccftech), which comes from Poland’s National Center for Research and Development’s GameINN program. CD Projekt Red put in four proposals for funding, all of which were approved.
A chart on the NCBR’s website [PDF] shows that CD Projekt Red’s four approvals were for R&D efforts related to “city-creation,” “seamless multiplayer,” “cinematic feel,” and “animation excellence.” This doesn’t necessarily mean that future CD Projekt Red games could have city-building or seamless multiplayer components.
“Developing video games is a hyper-innovative activity, but also one which carries substantial financial risks, involves continuous R&D work and requires much experimentation and prototyping along the way,” CD Projekt Red president Adam Kicinski said. “Indeed, our industry now has the potential to become the champion of the modern Polish economy.”
CD Projekt Red was just one of many Polish developers that received funding from the government. In all, the NBCR gave out $191 million PLN ($45.1 million) for almost 40 games. Other developers that received money included Techland, CI Games, 11 Bit Studios, Bloober Team, Fuero Games, The Farm 51, and Vivid Games.
CD Projekt Red is currently working on Gwent: The Witcher Card Game and Cyberpunk 2077. That game is due out in the 2017-2021 window, which is also when another “AAA RPG title” is coming out. This game has yet to be announced, but was revealed earlier this year during an earnings briefing.