CD Projekt RED Awarded $7 Million in Funding via Polish Government

We’ve learned (via WCCF Tech) the Polish government has awarded CD Projekt RED a handsome amount of funding, following the company’s application for these funds earlier this year.

In total the RPG-powerhouse was granted $7 million in government funding across a variety of subjects, including seamless multiplayer, cinematic feel, and even city creation. Here are the proposals from CD Projekt:


City Creation
Comprehensive technology for the creation of “live”, playable in real-time, cities of great scale based on the principles of artificial intelligence and automation and taking into account the development of innovative processes and tools supporting the creation of high-quality open world games.

Seamless Multiplayer
Comprehensive technology enables the creation of unique gameplay for many players, taking into account the search of opponents, session management, replication facilities, and support of a variety of game modes along with a unique set of dedicated tools.

Cinematic Feel
Comprehensive technology for providing a unique, film quality RPG with open world, also taking into account innovative solutions Process and unique set of dedicated tools.

Animation Excellence
Comprehensive technology enabling a significant increase in quality and production of complex face and body animations for open world RPG games, also taking into account the innovative process solutions and a unique set of dedicated tools.


The company also proposed “generic support cross-platform multiplayer gaming software for popular consoles and operating systems” for their DRM-free games platform, GOG.com.

CD Projekt RED was valued at $1 billion back in August of this year, making them quite easily one of the most valuable, independent game developers in the world. Their next game, Cyberpunk 2077, is being set to high expectations.

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  • Madbrainbox

    I hope Cyberpunk will turn out good but I have my reservations.All I red about it so far seems slightly off.Plus,it’s a different beast entirely than Witcher.

  • Izzy Lichi

    That face when they post non-niche game articles.

    >.>

  • Feniks

    EU money no doubt. Oh well half of Europe is on social welfare courtesy of a few EU countries who CAN run an advanced economy.

  • Gigaknight

    On one hand, I agree with you.

    On the other hand, it is nice to have a place to talk about games where one doesn’t have to deal with PC or mainstream-thought static.

    Maybe it ought to be tagged “AAA” or “mainstream”. Even if we do play niche games, I’m sure we all at least have opinions on games that aren’t.

  • 2501

    Considering how creatively bankrupt AAA game development is, and how CD Projekt develops and publish their own games. They are pretty much a niche in their own way. I don’t think any publisher these days would greenlight a project like Cyberpunk 2077.

  • Master Bating

    “Cinematic feel”
    “Film quality”
    Jesus Christ, at least they got 7 Million out of this.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    TO THE TRACK SUIT SHOP!

  • bigbear514

    I also hope it turns out well. My main concern with the hype this game has gotten is that we’ve mostly heard of talk without getting any gameplay.

  • catazxy

    They deserve it, now MAKE Cyberpunk 2077 amazing!

  • Izzy Lichi

    its a very popular game, very AAA, its virtually the opposite of niche

  • BlueLight

    Witcher 3 had a surprisingly small budget. It was not AAA. Popularity does not equal AAA, they are just seen together most of the time.

    For instances, i believe ride to hell retribution was officially AAA

  • FrostSalamander

    Christmas bonuses for everybody

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    Best Crowdfunding Ever.

  • Guin

    This is what I said in some other AAA game articles, but better watch your back over certain “people” who will try to attack your opinion.

  • Guin

    I’m surprised this isn’t more of a thing. Art has historically been funded by governments since ancient Greece.

  • Casey

    Indeed. It’s nice to have a studio that you know won’t launch a game with tons of pointless retailer specific preorder DLC, DRM, and milquetoast writing/gameplay focus-tested to death to appeal to mindless bros looking for the next CoD and Madden.

  • Casey

    But vidya games aren’t art. Don’t you know? They’re the terrible harbinger of misogyny, violence, and sexual depravity.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    True, but video games have never really been considered art. Even some (perhaps a lot) of the actual developers have expressed such an opinion, as have self-proclaimed gamers.

    They’ve been viewed as toys, especially children’s toys, pretty much from the get-go.

  • pomfland

    Yep, it’s funded entirely from European Regional Development Fund.

    Here’s a final ranking list: http://www.ncbr.gov.pl/gfx/ncbir/userfiles/_public/fundusze_europejskie/inteligentny_rozwoj/gameinn/lista_rankingowa_3_1.2_2016_poir__gameinn.pdf

  • EroBotan

    when will polish government notice me …

  • Sevuz

    MAKE CYBERPUNK GREAT AGAIN!

  • Travis Touchdown

    EA better buy and ruin them soon. I’m sick of people pretending they’re these great devs.

  • ネミッサ

    This might be a good thing. Witcher is overrated AF. I’ll give em another chance.

  • Guin

    They used to say that for comics and now we get art exhibitions of them. What a strange world we live in.

  • Mr0303

    I don’t like it when governments fund privately own companies. It’s a recipe for disaster. That being said CDPR are a great developer, so hopefully they’ll use the money well.

  • Casey

    No “self-proclaimed gamer” is going to call a video game a toy. In addition, I’m betting that any dev that sees them as such is just a cog in a machine like Activision, EA, or Ubisoft, where they’re viewed, positioned, publicized, and sold as products.

  • Sevuz

    EA has plenty to kill as it is (Bioware and Star Wars).

  • Sevuz

    Not the biggest fan of The Witcher myself. But it did enough right that I will keep my hopes up a bit.

  • Sevuz

    I think it’s good it ain’t just gonna be a repeat of W3. It boring if they just do the same again + Cyberpunk 2077 it’s another world and theme.

  • Ruto-hime

    I played Witcher 3 a while ago, and must admit that I can’t agree with the ‘Best RPG of the Year’ statements… While I liked the Characters and the Voice Acting, I felt the gameplay was quite simplistic for me, as well as occasionally tedious. The story was okay too.
    But the Horseback riding annoyed me a lot, or I did something wrong… :D

    But nonetheless, GOG.com is a wonderful service by them and deserves it’s praise.

  • Ruto-hime

    Hm… I find that Star Wars became ‘meh’ when Disney bought it’s licences… At least I’m quite disappointed with it’s course so far.

  • Madbrainbox

    Yes.But I don’t know if they will be able to pull that other world off.Witcher worked because it was based on an established character.The choices you have in dialogue cannot stray too much from the character in the books.So is his combat style. The “cinematic feel” they are talking about works great for Witcher but I don’t see that working very well in a game where you get to create your own character.We’ll see.I don’t think they will screw it up but,as I said,I have my reservations.

  • Madbrainbox

    It’s the best RPG series released in the past 10 years in West IMO.

  • Madbrainbox

    They put Poland on the map as far as entertainment goes.They deserve some credit at least for that.:)

  • Mr0303

    I’m not saying they don’t deserve to have finances to continue their art, but I just don’t like government intervention in private businesses. It makes it seem like cronyism and corruption is at hand.

  • Madbrainbox

    Yes.And a huge pain in the ass.The amount of paperwork you have to do to get the money is ludicrous.And there are always inspections of all kind.It’s,basically a 7 million euros headache.But the former communist countries need to support their private sector if they want to catch up to the West any time soon.

  • Madbrainbox

    Yes.I guess we’ll get something this E3.We’ll see then if we should get excited or not.

  • EinMugenTenshin

    You’re only saying that to cover your own release of Fairies Story 3, Aoba Suzukaze… We’re onto your self-profit ways of thinking little one!

  • EinMugenTenshin

    It’s actually a thing in most countries. Just like tax breaks for movie creation.

  • Movie, game or novel wise?

  • Zombie_Barioth

    Not as a toy, I meant just not as art.

    Same goes for devs. Some may see them as toys, Yamauchi did, though not a dev, and he made it very clear he didn’t like or play them.

    Miyamoto has implied he views it more like craft or simply entertainment, and I believe it was John Romero who compared the stories to that of porn.

    Entertainment or having elements of art seem to be the general consensus on the ‘not art’side.

  • Ecolink

    unfortunately that says more about the quality of games coming from the west than it does about the witcher. not saying i didnt enjoy playing it but it has many flaws

  • Madbrainbox

    It does.But the good massively outweighs the bad.
    And I agree,the RPG scene in the West is not in the best of shapes.
    I’d say CDPR and Obsidian are the 2 companies that are holding it together.Even if there are many people that have massive problems with Obsidian,I still love a few of their games.

  • Sevuz

    They are gonna milk Star Wars dry til the end

  • Sevuz

    I fully understand. Everyone should remain skeptical until they show some gameplay and prove they can handle it.

  • Ruto-hime

    Movie and Game(s) I would say so far… maybe future novels will redeem it’s creativity or relevancy, but I couldn’t say for sure.
    I for example had following Top 3 concerning those three Star Wars related things:
    1. Novels (X-Wing Series, etc…)
    2. Games (KotoR 1+2, etc…)
    3. Movies (Episode 3, 2, 4, 5, 6, 1, 7)

  • I’ve actually been very pleased with the New Canon novels and even the comics for the most part.

    The games are lacking, but I’m putting that down to EA and mobile junk – nobody really had a chance to give it a whirl yet. So far the only accepted Canon games are Battlefront, which had jack all for story, and even the supposed tie-in novel doesn’t actually have anything to do with, and a few browser / mobile games that retread known ground or are, funnily enough, not seen as canon by anybody, including the story group.

    Episode 7 was a good action movie I thought, but didn’t reach the heights of the series. It grew on my more in subsequent viewings and after looking into the novelizations with their expanded scenes, though. And Rogue One appears to be pretty damn good, though I haven’t seen it yet (but I read the prequel novel Catalyst and very much liked Krennic and the Ersos).

    There’s a bunch of pandering coming from the comics under Marvel. They’ve introduced more female characters already than male ones, for one, and seem really concerned with bumping up diversity rations overall. The underlying stories are decent though, even if they have the occassional braindead scene like Han & Leia hanging out in space til rescued with only breathing masks… A big problem I have, though in essence I like the characters, is that they copied the rogue/droids/wookiee combo from the good guys to create a few henchmen for Vader. Just that the droids are actually sadistic torture bots, the wookiee a bounty hunter and the rogue a female ex-archeologist genius with a mean streak.

    But the novels really is where I got hooked. Bloodline was a great political intrigue showing Leia and the New Republic far better than Episode 7 did. Twilight Company which I just finished 5 minutes ago was a gritty, authentic military scifi romp showing the Rebel meatgrinder hands-on. Tarkin explores the Grand Moff in great depth and Catalyst, while slow, shows the drift from clone wars era Republic into Empire very, very well. Even the Junior Novels I’ve read have been surprisingly decent.

    My biggest disappointment are the Chuck Wendig works for the New Canon so far. His Aftermath is garbage, and it doesn’t help that he’s got a trilogy there to show what happened almost immediately post-RotJ. He panders too hard, throws in lesbians and gay protagonists just to tick off boxes without it contributing the story in any way, and when people pointed that out in their reviews he lost his shit and humiliated them on his blog. The Interludes in the trilogy are the real meat, showing the characters and events you give a shit about, while the story itself focuses on throwaway douchebag characters who are competing for most-unlikeable-twat awards. And then he wrote it all in present tense, with abrupt, cut-off and soundeffect-laden sentences. It is a little more bearable as an audiobook due to the use of actual sound engineering but holy shit is it an unreadable mess.
    The same guy also got to handle the comic adaptation of The Force Awakens, and he added nothing besides shit exposition boxes (“this is rey. rey is our hero, respect her” type bullshit), and the entire 6 part series had shit art and a horrible pacing on top of it.

    I’m trying to work my way through all new canon material released and to be released, though, and overall my experience has been pretty good. Plenty of good novels and stories being told. The loss of gems from the old Expanded Universe is significant, of course, but after a slow start under Disney they’ve done very well to get all the gears to link together again. Too bad they still have a lot of taboo timeframes and topics due to the upcoming movies, though.

  • Crizzyeyes

    I’d agree with you if we were talking quest design and dialogue by themselves. Witcher does an excellent job at that. I just wish Witcher 3 didn’t have such, for lack of a better term, “Skyrim-ish” gameplay elements .

  • Madbrainbox

    They fucked the alchemy system in 3.And there’s too much loot.And the progression system is weird.Yeah,it’s not perfect by any stretch and making it open world wasn’t the wisest of choices I think but it’s still a joy to play because it has so many strong points.And it’s strong points are amazing.