Poland is bringing exciting new innovations to the gaming industry. The Polish gaming industry is receiving $119 million in support of development and innovations. Due to this, $7 million of that support is going to studio CD Projekt RED. This is used for research and development tools. CD Projekt RED gave us The Witcher 3 and is also working on Cyberpunk 2077.
Polish gaming studio CD Projekt RED blew us away with breathtaking scenery and cities in The Witcher 3. As a result, the studio won Developer of the Year at The Game Awards gala in LA. In addition to Studio of the Year amongst others at the Golden Joystick Awards. Now the studio aims to go bigger and better, providing gamers with an experience that trumps The Witcher 3. With the way CD Projekt RED has delivered The Wild Hunt. Fans are extremely excited for a possible Witcher 4 coming in the future.
In September 2016, CD Projekt RED submitted 4 proposals to the National Center for Research of Development. In addition, the company also submitted a proposal for GOG.com which is likely for their GOG Galaxy platform to allow online users to play cross-platform with Xbox One. For a start, the funding the industry will receive is owing to the GameINN program, a joint venture of Polish developers.
CD Projekt RED research grants
- City Creation – technology for real-time cities of large-scale with AI and automation in an open-world.
- Animation Excellence – better face and body animations in open world RPG games.
- Cinematic Feel – technology for creating film-quality open world RPG settings much like those achieved in The Witcher 3.
- Seamless Multiplayer – technology that enables mass amounts of players with unique gameplay and not forgetting search of opponents, session management, replication facilities, and a variety of game modes.
In regards to these, especially the latter Seamless Multiplayer proposal, talk about CD Projekt Red’s game Cyberpunk 2077 is rife. Recently, it has come to light that Cyberpunk 2077 may have vehicles and involve something new that will outshine The Witcher 3. For this reason, Cyberpunk 77 may have huge, visually stunning cities and unique gameplay making it as special as developers have said.
Other developers who received grants
- Bloober Team – made Layers of Fear. Received a grant to research technology involving AI that reacts to player psychology.
- Flying Wild Hog – made the engine in Shadow Warrior 2. The proposed development of a new engine for Road Hog 2.
- CI Games – made Lords of the Fallen and Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3. Received a grant for their project on innovative technologies based on advanced algorithms, dedicated AI, and herds of animals.
- The Farm 51 – made Deadfall Adventures and Get Even. Received grants for research into creating tools for photo-realistic 3D graphics for VR, and another VR related research project.
- Techland – made Dead Island and Dying Light. Received a grant to develop a prototype for a first-person action RPG in an original fantasy world with DX12.
In view of these grants and goals of developers in Poland, I think we will see some amazing games coming. It would also be great to see more programs like GameINN begin in other countries and support their gaming industries. So, keep watch here for news on all the latest games out of Poland and CD Projekt RED!