CD Projekt Red is expanding. The main Warsaw office has ballooned and the company has opened two other studios in Poland, one in Wrocław and one in Kraków - which is where I am now.
The CDPR Kraków was actually opened all the way back in 2013, put to work collaborating on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt expansions Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. But it wasn't until this year, roughly 12 months after moving into a new space, CD Projekt Red was comfortable inviting people in.
Yesterday I visited CD Projekt Red Kraków as part of a pre-Digital Dragons 2018 soiree (CDPR is the main sponsor this year).
The studios is on the fourth floor of a stylish glass office facing out onto a large park with a surprising amount of rollerbladers in (apparently it's a big thing here). The office space is roughly shaped like a big circle, so you can walk around uninterrupted, and is a mixture of open-planned desk space and glass-walled offices.
The walls are all windows so loads of natural light pours in, although I bet the blinds are down when visitors are not around, and there are bean bags, sofas and even brightly coloured wingback chairs I would like to steal. CDPR even has climbers growing up purpose-built metal trellises. It's all very hip.
CDPR Kraków houses between 60-70 developers. Clues as to what the studio is working had, unfortunately, been cleared away - whiteboards wiped, desks cleaned, walls stripped of any telltale signs. But I imagine it's helping build Cyberpunk 2077, which the world expects to be unveiled at E3 next month.
I recorded a short video (I'm sorry I turned the camera halfway through) and also took some pictures of the posters on the walls because I was feeling equal parts nosy and silly.
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