CD Projekt S.A. is a Polish video game developer and publisher based in Warsaw, and was founded in 1994 by Marcin Iwiński and Michał Kiciński. The two were video game retailers before the company's foundation, and the studio is best known for the The Witcher series and their digital distribution service GOG.com (Good Old Games). The company has a video game development studio, CD Projekt Red.
- The Witcher (2007)
- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (2011)
- The Witcher Adventure Game (2014; co-developed with Can Explode)
- The Witcher Battle Arena (2014; co-developed with Fuero Games)
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
- Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (2016)
- Cyberpunk 2077 (2020)
Why They And Their Games Rock
- The company is against microtransactions and DRM. They even launched the FCK DRM initiative to combat DRM and promote free media.
- The company itself favors their fans over SJWs and corrupt game journalists.
- The company was one of several that stood up for single player games after Electronic Arts claimed they had no place in the market anymore.
- The company believes that free DLC should be an industry standard, having released 15 for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt alone.
- They are heavily against any kind of greedy practices like loot boxes. As they once said in a tweet: "We leave greed to others."
- Some of their games, like The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, actually have context to the more mature stuff like nudity. It isn't there just to be shocking.
- The company has a good relationship with Guerrilla Games. Despite several former CD Projekt members now working for Guerrilla, the two companies often exchange artwork (especially after Horizon Zero Dawn launched), showing that there is no bad blood between them.
- They admitted to making mistakes when developing Cyberpunk 2077 and as a result they are willing to revise and improve any of the games. Showing that they are willing and interested in feedback and criticism.
- Unlike most other third-party companies like Capcom, who often cheap out on the Nintendo Switch by releasing games as digital-only or put one game on a cartridge and another in a voucher code in their bundles and collections, CD Projekt was able to fit the entire game of The Witcher III, along with its updates and DLC, in a single cartridge.
- They'll add goodies to any version of a game you pre-order, including the standard edition, whereas other companies like EA and Ubisoft not only restrict collectibles to more expensive editions in their pre-orders, but add gameplay-effecting DLC to those editions, as well.
- They take their time with their products, and delay them whenever they feel those games need more polishing, rather than outright rushing them. Most of the time.
- Deep, engaging stories.
- Excellent combat.
- Lots of sidequests.
- Beautiful graphics.
- Vast, living worlds to explore.
- Strong replay value.
- Stellar sound design.
- Unfortunately, they're notable for a sucky Saints Row 2 PC port.
- According to some former employees, mismanagement is likely to happen.
- They have been known to mistreat employees with the use of crunch.
- They released Cyberpunk 2077 in a very buggy state with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions being flat out unplayable.