It was announced today that CD Projekt Red developers Marek Ziemak and Maciej Szczesnik are no longer a part of the team. They have joined 11 Bit Studios, a studio founded by other former CD Projekt Red members.
(Maciej Szczesnik and Marek Ziemak; left to right)
Szczesnik was the gameplay designer on The Witcher series and will be the lead designer in a new game at 11 Bit Studios. “I’ll be responsible for the entire design of a game that took shape in my imagination,” said Szczesnik in a statement. “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 has not announced what his role will be at 11 Bit Studios, but it is widely expected he will take part in the indie gaming scene somehow. “I’ve been watching the indie-game scene for quite some time and I love its creativity and freshness,” said Ziemak. “Without going into details, expect some hot news from us around March.”
It is unclear if this will affect The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in any way. The Witcher 3 is set to be released later this year.
I am happy that they are moving on to something they really want to do, but I hope that this doesn’t hurt The Witcher 3 in any way. It is also nice that they are leaving after the series is pretty much over. I wish the best of luck to these men in their future projects.