Cyberpunk 2077 was supposed to change the market. Eight years in the making, repeatedly delayed, the game was anticipated in a way seldom seen in the industry. Its story, depth and graphics were expected to set a new standard.
It is hardly surprising that the game’s Polish producer, CD Projekt – already renowned for making The Witcher series – was in the spotlight before the premiere on 10 December. Yet now, after some versions of the game turned out to be full of glitches, the firm is under fire. Having earlier this year become the highest valued company on the Polish stock exchange, its share price has been tumbling.
Yet while CD Projekt has dominated the Polish “gamedev” scene, in its shadow a whole host of other firms have emerged and thrived. Poland has some 440 companies and 480 game premieres a year, according to a recent report by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP).
Many of these firms have benefited from the attention brought to Poland’s games industry by CD Projekt; but they have also forged success on their own merits, and often produce games with a distinctly Polish flavour.