Gaming site JVMM noticed that The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt Red applied for grants to bolster the technical underpinnings of its next game, Cyberpunk 2077.
CDP Red applied for grants from GameINN, a Polish program operated by the country's National Centre for Research and Development. The goal of GameINN is to make Poland a more competitive force in the gaming industry by helping its developers fund their projects. It was created by Porozumienie Polskie Gry, or "Polish Games Accord," a coalition of studios based in Poland that includes CDP Red.
The developer's asked for a grant to implement a feature called City Creation, "a complex technology for creating a huge living city, playable in real time, which [the technology] is based on rules, AI, and automation, and supports innovative processes and tools for making top-notch open-world games."
CD Projekt Red's Witcher series of RPGs received almost unanimous acclaim in large part for the scope of their worlds and the characters and activities players encountered therein; it's only natural the developer wants to enhance those settings.
A second grant labeled Seamless Multiplayer is described within the grant as "a complex technology for making unique multiplayer gameplay mechanics, including the ability to search for opponents, manage game session, replicate objects, and support for different game modes along with a unique set of dedicated tools."
Giving players the option of jumping in and out of play sessions at will makes sense in a futuristic setting like Cyberpunk 2077's, where an in-game technology could be used to explain away the option.
Cyberpunk 2077 is still far over the horizon—far enough that CDP Red has yet to even hint at when it might be ready. It's never too soon to drool over rumors and grants, though.