CD Projekt has picked a UK distributor for its next big game, but theres still no sign of an official release date.
Technically CD Projekt Red are their own publisher, but theyre not quite big enough to do everything on their own – so theyve always need to partner up with a major third party publisher to act as their distributor.
In the US that was Warner Bros. for The Witcher 3, and it was recently confirmed theyd be doing Cyberpunk 2077 as well. Bandai Namco handled things for The Witcher 3 in most of Europe and now theyve announced theyll be doing the same for the new game.
To be specific Bandai Namco will be handling distribution and promotion of Cyberpunk 2077 in 24 European countries, namely Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Malta, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the UK.
Although the deal will make relatively little difference to gamers, up until now all the promotion and PR for the game – such as the successful showings at E3 and Gamescom – have been handled by CD Projekt themselves.
Now Warner will be overseeing things when it comes to E3, although itll still be CD Projekt that are in charge overall.
Although the distribution deal brings the game at least one step closer to release theres still no clue as to when itll be out. CD Projekt insist it will be launched on current gen consoles, which suggests within the next two years, but its probably best not to take anything for granted at this stage.
Our current distribution partnership with Bandai Namco is built on the strong foundation and trust developed during our previous projects, said CD Projekts Michał Nowakowski. Weve successfully cooperated on The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Im convinced Bandai Namco will take good care of Cyberpunk 2077.
CD Projekt Red has become, in just a few years, one of the leading studios in this sector with a truly innovative approach to each game and we are both proud and excited to confirm that well be part of the Cyberpunk 2077 project, said Bandai Namco Europes Alberto González Lorca.
Were looking forward to working once again with CD Projekt Red and distribute another of its games in Europe, providing first-class services to one of the most eagerly awaited games of the coming years.