CD Projekt Red have appointed former Witcher 3 director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz as the new design director for Cyberpunk 2077. The Design Director has been with the company since the first Witcher game when he started as a Junior Tester.
Cyberpunk 2077 has probably experienced some shortage of hands on deck with the recent departure of the project's Creative Director Sebastian Stępień for Blizzard Entertainment. Sebastian's Linkedin profile oddly lists him as still engaged with CDPR and Cyberpunk, while the latest update shows him performing as creative director at Blizzard.
Either way, CD Projekt Red have apparently found a suitable successor for the senior position in Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, who previously fulfilled several design-related roles on all of the Witcher games, and is credited as game director on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and its two DLC packs.
Cyberpunk 2077's new design director has spent around 15 years with CDPR by the looks of it, where he started as a junior tester on the first Witcher game back in 2004.
This shuffling around in the studio's upper ranks may leave some mark on the final product, but according to statements by the company made during last year's Gamescom the game was already playable in its entirety in August 2018. CDPR must be quite confident with the upcoming release since they recently revealed that they have no plans for holding open or closed beta testing sessions of any kind.
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CD Projekt Red recently confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 won't be going through any of the digital distribution turf wars similar to The Division 2 or Metro: Exodus. While they have their own distribution option in the form of GOG, there won't be any exclusivity going on, so a Steam release at least is very likely for PC customers.
That same digital storefront has run into a bit of trouble apparently, and GOG were forced to lay off 10 per cent of their workforce recently. Reports claim that there is impending financial trouble for the publishing arm, while the company themselves attribute the reductions to reorganising.