Will CD Projekt Red Sell Out If The Witcher 3 Is Successful?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the most anticipated games in the industry, but will its potential success have a deeper meaning for developer CD Projekt Red? Claus Larsen (@Binky666) asks the crew if a big publisher will gobble up this great gaming company in the months and years ahead. We do do our best Pachter impression by making wild guesses for you to get mad about on this spell-casting edition of EpicBattleCry!

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Comment by Corax on July 9, 2014 at 8:01am

I have to agree with the Axe Lords. CDPR is doing their thing and they're successful at it because of their philosophy with zero DRM and treating gamers right. They're only going to become a stronger publisher as their platform GOG gets bigger with time.

I just hope they follow Valve and stay "independent". Valve on the other hand should follow CDPR and make Steam DRM free or at the very least 3rd party DRM free!

On a side note I'm really looking forward to see their new desktop client GOG Galaxy.

Comment by Averagus on July 9, 2014 at 8:19am

Just be prepared for all the SJW to start calling the game "sexist" within days of its release.

I'm surprised that it hasn't started already.

Comment by StarBound on July 9, 2014 at 8:54am

If Steam dropped its DRM then GoG would nearly disappear. I still prefer buying games off GoG than from steam simply because I can install the game on any system I want with no restrictions.

Blizzard would have been a good sell option if they werent already activisions bitch.

I would agree if you sell off you sell off. I don't see many companies in the market of preserving the ideals of DRM free gaming mainly because you can make your money from a product once vs if you DRM everything you can rerelease your games multiple times (RE4 comes to mind).

Comment by Starwind on July 9, 2014 at 11:26am
All I can say is NEVAH!~ That is all....
Comment by Uncle Dude on July 9, 2014 at 1:53pm

CDPR's stance has always been pro-gamer, pro-consumer, and fiercely independent. That is their identity, and it's earned them goodwill that is second to none among gamers. The only reason I can see them selling out would be financial i.e. poor money management - a situation where they've spent too much and the returns were less than anticipated. I hope this never happens. 

Comment by Rowan - AzureCantabile on July 9, 2014 at 2:45pm

I don't really see how anybody who's used or seen any of the statements or stories surrounding GOG would expect CDProjekt to sell out. I don't think they'd sell out if Witcher 3 is a success, just if they went the other way and it was between selling and insolvency. 

And no offense intended to Averagus but pre-emptively saying that stuff always does come off as whinier than anyone who has an actual thing they dislike about a game. The "I'm gonna get flamed for this but"/"This will probably get deleted but" strikes a similar vein. When you complain about something before it even happens you usually just look like you're baiting.

Comment by Berserkaren on July 9, 2014 at 4:51pm

Since CDP has Sweet Ass GOG Action aka CDP Green, Then they have their game studio CDP Red that makes The Witcher games and Cyberpunk 2077 and then they have CDP Blue, their publisher company.. So seeing that they are doing GOG Galaxy, releasing The Witcher 3 and are doing Cyberpunk 2077 I so no reason for them to sell their business as of Yet.

Comment by crazyjackal (Jimmy Jones) on July 9, 2014 at 9:52pm

I agree with their answer. I don't see it happening any time soon (next 5 years) at least. Maybe in a decade things will have changed but for now, I think CDPR are exactly where they want to be and have no reason to sell because they've always been about the fans.

I still keep this video to remind me of how awesome they are. I hope I never have to use it to remind them of how awesome they were.

Comment by Averagus on July 10, 2014 at 2:14am

I don't like the comparison with BioWare and the implication that the EA sale somehow ruined them. They were already headed in the direction they are now well before the EA sale. If they were independent, Mass Effect would have still turned into a simplified shooter with a 'Days of Our Lives in Space' script. The same goes for Westwood Studios whose creativity was on the wane before they were sold to EA.

This is not to say that companies like EA don't acquire creative companies and gut them like fish, merely that it is not always their fault when a great company they acquire becomes creatively bankrupt. All companies and indeed all of us get older and our minds slow as we do. As hard as it is to see now, CD Projekt Red will one day end up the same and yes, probably will be sold off to some big publisher. The only way to stop that is to have a vision and keep bringing in new talent to carry it on. Even then, it will eventually happen. Until it does though, I will continue to love what they are doing as I did Westwood, BioWare and many other companies that no longer exist.

@Rowan. Not complaining, just predicting and possibly baiting.

Comment by Hokum on July 10, 2014 at 3:24am

I doubt a Witcher 3 success will make it more likely for CD Project Red to sell, but I do belive it will make big publishers want to buy them. What is more likely though is that CD Project will do some buys of their own and with 4A Games, creators of Metro as the best bet. The time is right for a major European development and/or publisher house with the REDengine as the backbone.

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