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CD Projekt Red grows its team for Cyberpunk 2077 follow-up Project Orion

Studio in North America is getting bigger
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Polish developer CD Projekt Red has been expanding its presence all over the globe lately and its branches in the United States and Canada, which are currently working on the follow-up to Cyberpunk 2077, codenamed Project Orion, have recently been reinforced with another studio located in Boston, Massachusetts, as the company announced.

It looks like Cyberpunk 2077 and Phantom Liberty veterans Gabriel Amatangelo (Game Director), Paweł Sasko (Associate Game Director), Igor Sarzyński (Creative Director), Andrzej Stopa (Cinematic Director), Kacper Niepokólczycki (Environment Art Director), Sarah Grümmer (Acting Lead Quest Designer) and Kacper Kościeński (Engineering Director) have been relocated to the studio in Boston, where the group has been joined by an array of illustrious newcomers.

Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty is CDPR’s most expensive DLC: A man with short dark hair, a growth of stubble on his chin, and electric circuits running around his eyes stands in the middle of a dark street illuminated faintly by dim neon lights.

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Dan Hernberg, a former Amazon Games and Blizzard Entertainment employee, will act as the Executive Producer of Project Orion, while Ryan Barnard, formerly at Ubisoft, Massive, and IO, will be the game’s Design Director. Alan Villani, who was previously the VP of Technology at WB Games and worked on the Mortal Kombat series, will take on the role of Engineering Director.

Project Orion’s writing team will be reinforced by Anna Megill, who’s past credits include Control, Dishonored, Avatar, Guild Wars 2, and the upcoming Fable game, as Lead Writer and Alexander Freed, who previously worked as Lead Writer at BioWare, as a member of the team.

CDPR is assembling quite the team in Boston. Project Orion is currently in early production and it’ll probably be a while until we hear anything concrete from it, but it looks like the key personnel have been gathered together now. With devastating layoffs hitting many players in the industry, this positive bit of news is very welcome.