A new Witcher game could possibly have co-op, game modes, and a class system
by Danny Craig ·
CD Projekt RED
Fans have spotted a handful of job listings from Boston-based CD Projekt RED (CDPR) studio The Molasses Flood that point towards a Witcher title with multiplayer functionality.
- Reddit user Awkward96 shared five links to active job listings on the r/GamingLeaksAndRumors subreddit that were discovered on The Molasses Flood ATS. The collection of listings appears to provide some insight into features that may appear in the studio's upcoming Witcher entry. The five job postings are mostly for senior positions in world building, narrative direction, combat design, and, most notably, multiplayer design.
- Aside from the job title confirming multiplayer functionality, the Senior Multiplayer Designer description states that the applicant must be "highly passionate about multiplayer games and systems (game modes, class design, player progression, social activities, etc.)," implying that the game may be entirely multiplayer given the extensive list of systems provided. The candidate would also benefit from prototyping "multiplayer Co-Op/PvE" games, implying that the game could be a co-op game similar to The Division.
- The Technical Game Designer listing is where things start to get really interesting, with "experience working with procedural generation systems" listed in the "nice to have" section. Some have speculated on what the procedural generation could be used for, theorizing that the game might include rogue-like elements, though most have pointed out that developers commonly use it to create basic landscapes and more lifelike cutscene animations.
- The project will also be a "stylized game," which will be entirely new for the franchise but will complement The Molasses Flood's previous work with Drake Hollow and The Flame in the Flood.
What else is going on at CDPR?
- Cyberpunk 2077’s sole expansion, Phantom Liberty, will have the highest budget of any CDPR expansion. The DLC will star both the returning Keanu Reeves and newcomer Idris Elba as main characters. It’s set in a new area known as Dogtown, and it looks even more dangerous than the other districts of Night City.
- CDPR has announced that it is launching a new playtesting program out of its Warsaw, Boston, and Vancouver studios. Unfortunately, the program is entirely voluntary, with no commuting costs being covered by the studio, meaning those interested will actually have to pay out of their own pockets to get to the testing sessions.
- In early January, CDPR finally settled a $1.85 million lawsuit with its investors regarding the rocky launch of Cyberpunk 2077. The lawsuit, filed in 2020, was one of many filed against the studio after Cyberpunk was panned at launch due to its terrible performance across all platforms, with last-gen consoles being deemed "unplayable" by some.
Interested in working on future Cyberpunk and Witcher content? You can find all the open positions at CD Projekt RED here.