CD Projekt Red has laid off most of its employees, “about 9%”, and about 100 will lose their jobs in the next seven months.
CDPR CEO Adam Kiciński said on CDPR’s website that the layoffs are “part of an ongoing process of several profound transformations within the studio”, which is “the key to making quality games on time and without coercion.”
Explanation from Kiciński
Kiciński says: “We want to have not only the best people, but also the right teams to achieve our own high expectations and our goals of creating the best role-playing games.” “This means having more agile and more effective teams built around the needs of our projects. Right now, we are confident that we need to be consistent in applying this approach for CD Projekt Red to grow.”
Kiciński continues: “There’s no easy way to say it, but we have a lot of employees today. We have talented people completing their tasks, and we already know that we don’t have other opportunities for them in the coming year, based on the needs of current and anticipated projects.”
Kiciński notes that not everyone will be fired immediately, “some employees will be laid off by the first quarter of 2024 at the earliest, but in the spirit of transparency, they have chosen to share this information now.” He also states that they want team members to have plenty of time to adapt to change in a timely manner and that they offer everyone a comprehensive compensation package.
CD Projekt Red’s Game Plans
This news comes just two months before the release of Cyberpunk 2077: The Phantom Liberty, along with a host of other projects CDPR is currently working on. The company plans to release three new Witcher games over the next six years, starting with Project Polaris, and is working on a Witcher spin-off that was announced in pre-production last October. He is also working on a mysterious Project Hadar project created from scratch within CDPR. To develop so many projects and to maintain Kiciński’s vision of maintaining a working environment without coercion poses a great risk of staff reduction.