CD Projekt Red really like talking to their fans directly and this time around, the company replied on one fan's Facebook enquiry about the world of Cyberpunk 2077 and how it compares to that of the company's flagship game, The Witcher.
Although the reply was given in what's basically a private Facebook message, the user ended up posting it on Reddit for all Cyberpunk 2077 fans to see. "Night City holds 6 districts, but I can't give you an exact number in square meters, because no one counted this yet", CDPR said.
The company added that Cyberpunk 2077's urban environment makes it even trickier to measure, since there are many buildings with many floors. "In a tall building, and we will have many of them explorable, each floor can house a lot of activities", they said.
CDPR also pointed out that The Witcher 3's world was spread out, with most activities scattered across the map, which isn't quite the case in Cyberpunk 20177. "Here, the world can be huge, but it can be huge upwards, or downwards", they said.
That being said, The Witcher 3 is still the company's darling and the reason why Cyberpunk 2077 was even possible, as CDPR explained earlier. Moreover, Geralt not only built a financial platform for the company's success, it also gave them the confidence to undertake a project of this magnitude.
Almost every single part of the company, internal pipelines included, has evolved greatly since then, from the motion capture studio to the storytellers. Speaking of storytellers, in their effort to ensure a memorable story and an equally memorable experience thereof, CDPR has separated Cyberpunk 2077's narrative and quest teams into two separate units. Interestingly enough, this too stems from The Witcher 3, or more precisely the Blood Baron.
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It was ultimately the Baron who reminded CDPR that for all Geralt's awesomeness, it's the side characters that act as building blocks for the believability of an in-game world. The company stressed that Cyberpunk 2077 will have no shortcuts or compromises when it comes to quality, sidequests included.
You can find the Reddit post in question here.