The creative director on CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 has left the game for a role at Blizzard Entertainment, a move that may leave many fans scratching their heads.
As picked up by Reset Era user Gerwant, Sebastian Stępień’s LinkedIn profile confirms a recent career change from a CD Projekt RED creative director to the same position at Blizzard. The shift happened this January, and while he lists both positions as “present,” it is likely just until the transition period is over. A creative director leaving mid-development is sometimes call for concern, but there has been nothing to suggest Cyberpunk 2077‘s development isn’t moving along as scheduled.
Abandoning a project as high-profile as Cyberpunk 2077 to join Blizzard is a little curious given the developer’s current climate. Following the news that Blizzard was axing its Heroes of the Storm esports scene, reports surfaced that the studio was being forced to cut costs across a range of its development teams, which doesn’t normally instill confidence.
There is no word in the LinkedIn profile to suggest what project Stępień is now heading at Blizzard, suggesting that it’s an unannounced title still in the earlier stages of development. Previous job listings from the developer hinted at a possible RPG in the works, which would make as much sense as anything else, given Stępień’s skill set.
Cyberpunk 2077 does not yet have a release window, but one Turkish publisher has gotten our hopes up for a 2019 launch. More recently, CD Projekt RED talked about the game’s open-world of Night City, and how it is entirely handcrafted.
Source: Reset Era