The Witcher 3 Gameplay Designers Have Left The Studio
This is surely going to surprise a great many fans of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, as it’s rather premature for members of CD Projekt RED to be leaving. Then again, we don’t know how far along the development process is and it could be that the bulk of the work has been done.
Still, it doesn’t happen every day.
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It’s been publicised that Marek Ziemak, the gameplay producer at CDPR, and Maciej Szczesnik, the lead gameplay designer of the series, have left CD Projekt RED, both of whom are clearly prominent figures. The news was confirmed by Szczesnik himself.
Following their departure the two of them will be joining an indie team called 11 Bit Studios.
This is concerning. Has their part in development concluded? Are they leaving before their team? Will this have any effect on the gameplay? We probably won’t get an answer to those, but I’d put my faith in CD Projekt RED to deliver the goods again.
Szczesnik said in a statement:
“I’ll be responsible for the entire design of a game that took shape in my imagination. It’s a really exciting feeling to create a new world from scratch, make its characters and rules and to know that I have this blank page to fill with my ideas and then bring them to life.”
CD Projekt RED has not yet issued a statement on this issue. However, an optimist would say that with their work on the project being done, development may be closer to the finish line than we would have thought.