The Witcher Developers Leave CD Projekt Red For New Project

By Ishaan . February 6, 2014 . 10:30am

The Witcher series’ lead gameplay designer Maciej Szcześnik and gameplay producer Marek Ziemak have both joined 11 bit studios, the company announced this morning. At the studio, Szcześnik is the lead designer of a brand new game in development.


Szcześnik and Ziemak


“I’ll be responsible for the entire design of a game that took shape in my imagination,” he said in a statement. “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.”


Meanwhile, Ziemak’s role at 11 bit is a little more mysterious, and will be announced “soon,” alongside news of the studio’s projects. Judging by a comment released by Ziemak, though, it sounds like it could be related to indie games.


“I’ve been watching the indie-game scene for quite some time and I love its creativity and freshness,” Ziemak stated. “Without going into details, expect some hot news from us around March.”

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  • Masa

    that image for Witcher lots of people use, thing is its not the Witcher, that was what he looked like in development before they changed him.

    • Khoko

      You do realize that is one of the like 12 or so hair styles you can have in the game, right?

      • Scrooge_McDuck

        He’s talking about the face, not the hairstyle.

  • MrRobbyM

    Marek is quite the looker..

    Ahem. I hope they continue to make amazing games and wish them the best of luck.

    • andref

      Why does this comment deserve dislikes…. people on the internet never fail to surprise me

  • andref

    Still glad they left after the series is finished and good luck to their new endeavors

  • fairysun

    More people need to play The Witcher series.

  • Eric Harris

    so did they completely finish their roles in the Witcher 3? That’s all I care about right now, since I am really looking forward to the Witcher 3 on PS4.

  • Göran Isacson

    Huh. One wonders if the franchise will continue on without them, or if they will put it to rest and try something new. They WERE gonna do a cyperpunk RPG next up, weren’t they? Maybe that’ll be their new franchise.

    • Ash_Riot

      Cyberpunk 2077 is being developed by CD Projekt. They have left CD Projekt, so no, they aren’t working on that. And The Witcher 3 has always been planned to be the last one “in the trilogy”, so The Witcher team will no doubt make something else new themselves soon too!

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