Polish developer and publisher CD Projekt RED today announced via a press released that it won’t be distributing its upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077 in North America. Instead, Warner Bros. Interactive will handle distribution for the region when the game eventually launches.
As noted in the announcement, this isn’t actually anything particularly unusual. Warner Bros. Interactive handled the distribution of both the previous two Witcher titles.
“We’ve worked with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and both releases turned out to be really successful, so we’re entering this new stage of our cooperation with great confidence,” says Michał Nowakowski, CD PROJEKT’s Member of the Board and SVP of Business Development. “Cyberpunk 2077 is our biggest and most ambitious project to date, and I’m really looking forward to all the amazing things we can achieve together.”
“CD PROJEKT RED is one of the best game development studios in the world and it’s great to be working with the team again,” said Kevin Kebodeaux, Senior Vice President, Sales, Americas, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Cyberpunk 2077 is a standout title and we are expecting great things from our continued collaboration with CD PROJEKT RED.”
It’s worth noting that Warner Bros. Interactive’s involvement in the project is likely only for the distribution of physical copies of the game. Cyberpunk 2077, like the Witcher 3 before it, is published entirely by CD Project Red.
Without extrapolating too wildly, might CD Project Red lining up physical distribution mean we’re closer to the release of Cyberpunk 2077 than we first thought – say, 2019? We’ll have to wait and see. Until then, you can read our preview impressions of the game from our experience at E3.