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Rumor: CD Projekt RED Signing Publishing Deal or Being Acquired by Electronic Arts [UPDATE]

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[UPDATE]

It seems like this informant could be completely spinning lies, if a message from Community Lead & Website Coordinator Marcin Momot is anything to go by.

“Just bumped into Marcin Iwiński – it was new to him. I guess the “informer” has better insight than the CDPROJEKTRED founder,” said Momot on Twitter.

I believe we can shelve this rumor for now – especially considering how well The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt performed in sales.

[ORIGINAL STORY]

We’ve caught wind of a very troubling rumor concerning The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt RED.

According to the source (via DSO Gaming), CD Projekt RED management have been in talks with Electronic Arts, and the employee speculates that his employer could be purchased by the publisher:

“I’m employee of CDProjekt Red and I have some bad news to share with you. 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.”

The main thing to take away from this is the employee doesn’t believe this is a publishing deal.

As with any rumor, take this with a hefty grain of salt. However, we’ll keep you guys posted.

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110 comments
  1. DKing
    DKing
    September 14, 2015 at 11:07 am

    If true, RIP CD Projekt RED.

  2. Jumanji Joe
    Jumanji Joe
    September 14, 2015 at 11:08 am

    With the way cdpr has been acting I’m not surprised.

  3. fengas
    fengas
    September 14, 2015 at 11:09 am

    wait, so just CD Projekt RED? Not entire company? because I wonder what would happen with GOG.
    Regardless this is worst news I heard entire year, IF it’s true.

  4. JustaGuest
    JustaGuest
    September 14, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Please wake me up from this nightmare.

  5. Dr.wonderful
    Dr.wonderful
    September 14, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Jesus Tapdancing Christ.

    Everything EA touch corrupts and kills.

  6. Mark Samenfink
    Mark Samenfink
    September 14, 2015 at 11:12 am

    NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  7. rotekz
    rotekz
    September 14, 2015 at 11:12 am

    They are in great financial shape and have no motive to allow a take-over. Oh boy there will be some flak if EA buys them. People will go nuts.

  8. Himanshu Talwar
    Himanshu Talwar
    September 14, 2015 at 11:16 am

    fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.
    That is all.

  9. Tracker
    Tracker
    September 14, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Finally we might get some diversity in games based on medieval slavic mythology.

  10. dogmentation
    dogmentation
    September 14, 2015 at 11:18 am

    “You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

  11. Dr.wonderful
    Dr.wonderful
    September 14, 2015 at 11:20 am

    >mfw it’s true.

    Y-you mean if true, heh right?

  12. Sebastian Mikulec
    Sebastian Mikulec
    September 14, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Talk about a perfect picture of Geralt to use for the thumbnail. He looks so sad and distant and heartbroken.

  13. pepsi
    pepsi
    September 14, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Finally someone is taking control. Maybe now the witcher series can be half as good as the dragon age series.

  14. DanTheMan
    DanTheMan
    September 14, 2015 at 11:25 am

    If this is true, I will not be buying any more games from CD Projekt. Haven’t bought a single EA game in 15 years. Not about to start now.

  15. Muten
    Muten
    September 14, 2015 at 11:26 am

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO000

  16. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    September 14, 2015 at 11:26 am

    If you can’t beat them, buy them?

  17. mutte
    mutte
    September 14, 2015 at 11:28 am

    are……..are you retarded?

  18. DropDaBomb
    DropDaBomb
    September 14, 2015 at 11:30 am

    good. glad that CDProjekt won’t be taken over and ruined by EA.

  19. Alexis Nascimento-Lajoie
    Alexis Nascimento-Lajoie
    September 14, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Oh thank heavenly Christ

  20. Gentleman Banana
    Gentleman Banana
    September 14, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Curses!

  21. Dr.wonderful
    Dr.wonderful
    September 14, 2015 at 11:31 am

  22. Misogynerd
    Misogynerd
    September 14, 2015 at 11:33 am

    The worst part, even if it’s fake is that we know it’s a EA move to do that shit.

  23. Cataro
    Cataro
    September 14, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Wise Choice Dan, really Wise choice! For me EA is on that boycotting list too, but not EA alone, Ubisoft and some other Greedy ones won’t see my money again!
    CD Projekt Red is my Fav. Publisher/Dev such lovely ones can’t be owned by the likes of EA…

  24. DanTheMan
    DanTheMan
    September 14, 2015 at 11:34 am

    You mean the “once decent” Dragon Age series. Still, I’d rather player The Witcher 3 ten times before I play Origins even once.

  25. pepsi
    pepsi
    September 14, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Real classy calling people offensive words because they like something you don’t. Did my opinion trigger you?

  26. Sebastian Mikulec
    Sebastian Mikulec
    September 14, 2015 at 11:40 am

    /reads update
    //steps away from rooftop ledge

  27. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 14, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Wouldn’t be surprising if CD Projekt was nearly bankrupt after having spent significantly more money on marketing than actual production of a game that sorely shows where the money was spent.

  28. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 14, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Sure you haven’t.

  29. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 14, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Doesn’t it suck to know that BioWare’s most successful releases EVER have been after being purchased by EA?

    Doesn’t it suck to know that they’re making games that millions of people enjoy but you don’t?

    Doesn’t it suck to know that no amount of threatening to kill BioWare staff because their games aren’t exactly what you want is going to make them suck your dicks?

  30. Ferrick
    Ferrick
    September 14, 2015 at 11:43 am

    KOTOR1 and KOTOR2? Are you going to forget that ever happened?

  31. DanTheMan
    DanTheMan
    September 14, 2015 at 11:43 am

    100% true. I don’t play EA games because their franchises don’t interest me anymore.

    I don’ think it’s such an unbelievable concept considering some people only play COD and nothing else.

  32. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 14, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Most of Witcher 3’s gameplay elements are ripped off from Inquisition, except you can go anywhere you want almost immediately and then irreparably break the plot by accidentally going somewhere you weren’t meant to go yet.

  33. mrwizeass
    mrwizeass
    September 14, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Well, get ready for The Witcher: Inquisition with tumblr-esque, shoe-horned characters.

  34. Ferrick
    Ferrick
    September 14, 2015 at 11:46 am

    did you read the article’s update?

  35. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 14, 2015 at 11:46 am

    >five minutes of a 100-hour game addresses LGBT issues
    >”PANDERING TO SJWS! ALL THE WORK WENT INTO GAY CHARACTERS! THIS GAME IS GAY!”

  36. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 14, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Doesn’t it suck knowing that EA is one of the top-selling publishers in the world?

  37. DanTheMan
    DanTheMan
    September 14, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Maybe EA’s franchises are more popular because of the mouth breathing retards who buy their games?COD is also popular. Doesn’t mean it’s good.

    Also, I never said I don’t enjoy Dragon Age. I played Origins and thought it was great. The Witcher is still better, imo.

  38. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 14, 2015 at 11:49 am

    “People who buy games I don’t like are retards!” Logic!

  39. DanTheMan
    DanTheMan
    September 14, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Yeah, it’s good logic. I know.

  40. An-Nusantarani
    An-Nusantarani
    September 14, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    kekek
    then as a trans-dragon I fully expect for them to cater to ME and create a draconic potion!

  41. Dr.wonderful
    Dr.wonderful
    September 14, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Yes. Yes it fucking does.

  42. Dr.Weird
    Dr.Weird
    September 14, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Hahaha yes, this is perfect, I love you EA, the amount of butthurt this has generated is a lavish feast of outrage.

  43. TheCynicalReaper
    TheCynicalReaper
    September 14, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Not that hard an accomplishment when all EA produces is the Cisquisitioning and Madden games. Honestly, what was the last game you bought from EA? For me it was ME3 even though I knew better.

  44. landlock
    landlock
    September 14, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    As if, this would go against everything they stand for. Bad rumor is bad. ;)

  45. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 14, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Oh yes, five minutes of a 100-hour game touches upon LGBT issues. Surely that is pandering to the Tumblr crowd and whatnot, because gay people in a game means taking away what you like from it.

    Oh, and good for you. Doesn’t it suck to know that, despite threatening to kill the developers because of your retarded bullshit lies and threatening to rape their community manager because she called you fuckers out on your psychotic crap, BioWare didn’t suck your dick, give everyone else the middle finger, and shit all over their work just for your sake? Doesn’t it just make you want to cry over how a developer doesn’t cave in to retarded fucking terrorists who didn’t get exactly what they wanted and think they can trick people with blatant lies? Every one of you fuckers should have just jumped in a hole.

  46. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 14, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Good for you, you’re a bigoted piece of shit. Well, enjoy Witcher 3, where they give you free DLCs to make the love interests look like whores and where having a new woman to fuck is a selling point of the DLC.

  47. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 14, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    This is your Witcher fan. Notably, in how they spend all of their time insisting that it’s better than Dragon Age instead of actually playing this supposedly “best game ever”.

  48. Longtooth
    Longtooth
    September 14, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    For me it was Dragon Age 2, I bought it on sale and I still regretted the decision.

  49. Longtooth
    Longtooth
    September 14, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    There is a new woman? I will have to get that.

  50. DanTheMan
    DanTheMan
    September 14, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Wow, you need to take some Xanax, son. Never seen anyone rage quite as badly over an internet comment. Unlike what you think this is, NG is actually a very tolerant website. Otherwise it wouldn’t be so obsessed with all things niche. That includes trans/gay/straight etc, as depicted in video games.

    Talking so much trash is a good way to get you perma banned from this website in a hurry.

  51. Nagato
    Nagato
    September 14, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I’d be lying if I said I would mind a new Kotor game by CDPR Bioware Poland…

  52. Cirdan
    Cirdan
    September 14, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    As far as gameplay design is concerned the two series seem to get closer and closer to the same generic ideal, and each other with each entry. Pretty uninspiring stuff.

    I doubt anyone actually believed this rumor for even a second, though. Source contacting DSO first? LEGIT

  53. chizwoz
    chizwoz
    September 14, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Threatening to kill and rape people is really something you should have evidence for before randomly accusing people of it. Such issues shouldn’t be hijacked so you can use them to try and win arguments.

  54. artemisthemp
    artemisthemp
    September 14, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Happy for the Update since, I already saw what EA did to Bioware and don’t want that to happen to CD Project Red and let’s not forget that, EA never got us the Dante Inferno 2 game.

  55. Horrorstorm
    Horrorstorm
    September 14, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Very fitting.

    It’ll be sad to see The Witcher games become infected with political correctness and SJW horseshit propaganda.

    The Witcher franchise will never even come close to the standards it set with 3, and the way they handled DLC will be replaced with shitty microtransactions for cut content.

  56. Raspberry
    Raspberry
    September 14, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    lol found SJW trash! ^

  57. chizwoz
    chizwoz
    September 14, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Well that’d sure kill their reputation. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if EA wanted to acquire GOG.

  58. Fantaman
    Fantaman
    September 14, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    No no no no no no

  59. Fantaman
    Fantaman
    September 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Damn right. My last EA game was the Sims 2

  60. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    September 14, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Phew.

  61. Kirijo
    Kirijo
    September 14, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Yep, Shani from TW1 and the books will be in it.

  62. flashn00b
    flashn00b
    September 14, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I had the impression that CDPR would distance themselves from EA due to their DRM free policies.

  63. Balderdash Humphrey
    Balderdash Humphrey
    September 14, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Lol. What a pathetic loser. Don’t you have better things to do than rage post at ppl who disagree with you? Enjoy what I’m sure isa really fruitful existence.

  64. Matthew Mitchum
    Matthew Mitchum
    September 14, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Bonus Points for the ‘Sad Geralt’ image at the top. >.<

  65. ReaperX30
    ReaperX30
    September 14, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    A publishing deal would be cool but please….PLEASE don’t be acquired by EA that would ruin the great reputation the studio has set for itself.

  66. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 14, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Oh yes, ignore how a bunch of psychotic retards threatened murder and rape upon a game developer. They’re EA, they deserve it.

  67. daggot △
    daggot △
    September 14, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I don’t see why people are celebrating so early. If this deal is indeed real of course they’d play stupid.

  68. TheCynicalReaper
    TheCynicalReaper
    September 14, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    …What in the unholy Hell are you talking about? It’s like a schizophrenic hijacked your post after the first two sentences.

  69. Sebastian Mikulec
    Sebastian Mikulec
    September 14, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    D’aww, baby just learned how to troll, how adorable!

  70. mrwizeass
    mrwizeass
    September 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Because Krem totally wasn’t a shoe-horned and pointless character just to check off a box….
    I’m more optimistic about an indie game called Aerannis.

  71. mrwizeass
    mrwizeass
    September 14, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    JUST did. I took it woth a grain of salt, but I still wanted to make that joke.

  72. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 14, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Krem is one of the most prominent non-companion NPCs in the game.

    Pointless indeed. Because all you can see from them is “trans”, because you’re a fucking jackass.

  73. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    September 14, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    “A publishing deal would be cool”
    Look towards Free Radical and see how well that bullshit goes when dealing with the devil.

  74. BlackVion
    BlackVion
    September 14, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Krem didn’t do much of anything, except give Bioware an excuse to retcon Qunari culture. It’s cool that there’s a trans character in the game, but if the only way to introduce them was to mess with your lore, I question the writing. I mean, they could’ve brought in that Tevinter magister, Maevaris, and given her a prominent role. Instead she only gets a brief mention on the War Table.

  75. Lex
    Lex
    September 14, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Now there’s a grim fuckin’ future. Just because they put BioWare to shame without any effort doesn’t mean EA should snatch them up

  76. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 14, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    No, there is no “retcon” of Qunari culture. The people who say that are just utterly ignorant of Qunari lore, probably because they don’t actually play the games and are just being retarded on purpose.

  77. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 14, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Oh poor you, you fucking psychopath. Still sad that the terrorist campaign threatening to rape and kill BioWare staff didn’t make them suck your dick over the endings, you sack of shit?

  78. Kirijo
    Kirijo
    September 14, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    If EA buys out CDPR, their games would get some shoehorned gay “romances” to appease the vocal minority of yuri/yaoi perverts from the BW fanbase that hide behind identity politics to justify their fetishes being catered to in games.

  79. Ms_Fortune
    Ms_Fortune
    September 14, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Oh thank god

  80. An-Nusantarani
    An-Nusantarani
    September 14, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    >bigoted
    sod off, stop projecting. I am a true Dragon and I will not have my inner self being denigrated by the likes of you.

  81. chizwoz
    chizwoz
    September 14, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    No-one’s ignoring it. Just questioning your sense of arbitrarily deeming internet commenters culpable for it. Unless I’m not mistaken, you have no idea who sent these threats and nor does anyone else.

  82. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    September 14, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    You need to calm the fuck down. What the fuck are you talking about? People don’t like that EA fucked up Bioware. They don’t want it to happen CDPR. Where the fuck are you getting rape and kill from? Oh, let me guess, you are one of those people who conflates things and any real criticism is treated as harassment along with the real minuscule harassment. Artemisthemp didn’t say anything that warranted your bat shit insane response.

  83. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    September 14, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Pffft. Dragon Age Origins is great, but if you think that the series overall is better than the Witcher series then you are fucking delusional.

  84. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    September 14, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Let’s not forget the awful writing that is Dorian.

  85. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    September 14, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Enjoy seeing all those Witcher 3 GOTY awards.

  86. ReaperX30
    ReaperX30
    September 14, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Yeah..you’re right. I take back my comment.

  87. Booz
    Booz
    September 14, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    worst rumor ever, glad it was not true

  88. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    September 14, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Honestly, you should have never reported the original story. Single unnamed source = NO CORROBORATION.

  89. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    September 14, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Bioware sucks since DA2, Adam Orth it.

  90. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    September 14, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    If you can’t get one from current Bioware, why would you suddenly get one from CDPEAR? EA thinks a F2P MMO *is* KOTOR3….

  91. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    September 14, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    It was ME3. I should have known better. I do now.

  92. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    September 14, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Millions of people “enjoy” Candy Crush. I’m not missing anything by not playing a second of it.

  93. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    September 14, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    What? Origins was good.

  94. mrwizeass
    mrwizeass
    September 14, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Now you’re just trolling.

  95. mrwizeass
    mrwizeass
    September 14, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    And no, I’m a wiseass. There’s a difference.

  96. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 14, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Oh yes, they fucked up BioWare because BioWare doesn’t suck your dick and your dick alone, nevermind that their newer games sell much, much more.

  97. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 14, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    As in, none? You sad little fucking fanboys all need to choke and die on each other’s dicks.

  98. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 14, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Blow your brains out, you cocksucking retard.

  99. TrojanHorse711
    TrojanHorse711
    September 14, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    I know this is fake but it bears repeating: you ever feel so salty about a rival game company’s game doing better than your’s in the same genre that you buy the company outright?

  100. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    September 14, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    What did you say? “Fucking psychopath”? “Terrorist campaign”?

    Were you describing yourself in these comments?

  101. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    September 14, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Stop acting so blind. The quality of those games is down since the first after EA took them over.

  102. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    September 14, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    You are salty.

  103. TeLin特林
    TeLin特林
    September 14, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Bioware has gone downhill.

    But it’s not because they included a gay character.

    Also…not all those who feel EA has brought about Bioware’s downfall also send out death threats andor hate lgbt issues.

  104. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    September 14, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Hah, good thing it was just rumors.

  105. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 15, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Which is why they have higher ratings and more sales.

    Stop acting so blind.

  106. lilyWhite
    lilyWhite
    September 15, 2015 at 12:12 am

    You’re just a whiny piece of shit who thinks including gay characters is the reason why they’re not making games for you and you alone.

    Sad little fucking piece of shit.

  107. RaBiB
    RaBiB
    September 15, 2015 at 12:42 am

    For me it’s SEGA. What crap they did to the Total War and Company of Heroes franchises, a frikken unbelievable mess of pure greed and crazy DLC nonsense.

    CA and Relic may be decent studios but with SEGA in the neck, i never will buy something they let publish from them.

    And i liked both franchises.

  108. Rautaputki
    Rautaputki
    September 15, 2015 at 3:57 am

    Very unlikely. Why was this rumour originally even published without a comment from CD Project Red? At least it’s now there. Please guys, don’t give me a heart attack as a first thing in the morning.