CD Projekt Red says the new Boston studio will enhance the Americana setting in the Cyberpunk 2077 sequel.

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The most recent installment of the AnsweRED podcast primarily revolves around a discussion with the lead developers overseeing Project Orion, the forthcoming Cyberpunk 2077 sequel, and the potential contributions of the freshly established Boston studio to the game. Acting Executive Producer Dan Hernberg articulated:

Cyberpunk embodies a distinctly American narrative. It exudes a lot of rebellious energy, and given that it originated from an American writer, setting it in America just feels like the right move.

Associate Game Director Paweł Sasko also shared a fitting illustration: In the development of Cyberpunk 2077, produced in Poland, inaccurate manhole covers were used for a US-based urban backdrop.

There was a fascinating anecdote post the release of Cyberpunk 2077 that gained traction on Reddit – the manhole mishap. The discussion revolved around the incorrect manhole covers featured in the game, which were more typical for European cities like Germany rather than ones commonly seen on American streets.

This highlights the disparities, doesn’t it? In America, details such as fire hydrant placements and appearances, streetlights, the positioning of objects like trash cans right by the roadside – these are distinctive. Such nuances are what Dan refers to as ‘Americana.’

Dan Hernberg further noted:

Our curbs have a different design, the color schemes on our signs vary. Everything is subtly distinct. It doesn’t shatter the immersion, but it’s that slight inconsistency where you ponder, “Perhaps this wasn’t crafted by individuals immersed in American culture.”

Moreover, our presence in America allows us to tap into those cultural connections with the broader American influence, particularly from Hollywood. Given that Cyberpunk 2077 was based in LA, these cultural connections and themes offer myriad opportunities in terms of music, storytelling, and exploring various facets of America that intrigue us.

The Boston studio offers the advantage of allowing CD Projekt RED to access the talent pool in North America, including graduates from prestigious institutions like Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Additionally, there is collaboration with the existing Vancouver studio on Project Orion, with Hernberg hinting at some ‘exceptionally exciting developments’ being worked on by the Canadian team for the sequel.

While the Cyberpunk 2077 sequel will undoubtedly take some time to come to fruition, CD Projekt RED purposefully established the new studio to concurrently develop the game alongside the new The Witcher saga. The developer is keen to ramp up the pace of its game releases, offering hope that the arrival of Orion is within reach within this decade.

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