The Witcher Lead Gameplay Designer Maciej Szcześnik and Gameplay Producer Marek Ziemak have left CD Projekt RED to join a smaller indie studio called 11 Bit Studios. Both companies have confirmed the transfer, and the two men have spoken up on their decision.
Szcześnik will take the role as Lead Designer on 11 Bit Studios’ newest game
“I’ll be responsible for the entire design of a game that took shape in my imagination. It’s a really exciting feeling to create a new world from scratch, make its characters and rules and to know that I have this blank page to fill with my ideas and then bring them to life.”
Ziemak on the other hand didn’t quite delve into his new responsibilities, but said he would make them more public soon.
“I’ve been watching the indie-game scene for quite some time and I love its creativity and freshness. Without going into details, expect some hot news from us around March.”
Szcześnik and Ziemak’s departure from CD Projekt RED comes just a few months shy of the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s release later in Q2 of 2014. With the development of the game and the entire series all but wrapped up, now is the best time to see this successful duo move onto to new projects.
The Witcher helped solidify CD Projekt RED as a world class RPG maker, starting from humble roots seven years ago to be the main competition for Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls Online and BioWare’s Dragon Age III: Inquisition. It will be exciting to see what they are capable of turning 11 Bit Studios into.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC sometime in the second quarter of 2014.