Rumors of Electronic Arts taking over The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt Red have been officially denied by a representative from the studio.
In a response to a tweet posted by a concerned fan, Community Manager Marcin Momot sarcastically refuted the possibility, citing the CEO and co-founder as his source.
— Marcin Momot (@Marcin360) September 14, 2015
The rumor originated from a DSOGaming report citing statements from someone alleging to be an CD Projekt Red employee.
“I’m employee of CD Projekt Red and I have some bad news to share with you,” said the unnamed developer. “Our management is probably talking with Electronic Arts about potential take over. Electronic Arts representatives are currently visiting our studio and meeting with top management. We are not going to release any game soon, so for sure it’s not about any publishing deal, so the only possible reason for EA guys being here is that they want to buy us.”
While the source did provide a payslip to DSOGaming to verify his or her employment, the information provided has remained unconfirmed.
In an interview with Develop last June, Iwiński admitted they are approached by companies interested in an acquisition regularly but have every intention of remaining independent.
Community speculation suggests that if the aforementioned meeting did take place, it may have to do with the development of CD Projekt Red’s next title Cyberpunk 2077. The sci-fi RPG is the studio’s only currently announced game, though they’ve previously stated that they won’t discuss the project openly until 2017.
In the meantime, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has two major expansions planned for release in the coming months, starting with Hearts of Stone on October 13th.