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CD Projekt Red Explores AI and Expands Cyberpunk 2 with Multiplayer

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With the release of the Phantom Liberty expansion, CD Projekt Red, the Warsaw-based developer of Cyberpunk 2077, has now set its sights on the future. Furthermore, the highly anticipated upcoming installment in The Witcher series is currently in development, alongside a sequel to Cyberpunk (which fans are eagerly hoping will be titled 2078). Notably, the company has assembled a dedicated team to explore the potential benefits of incorporating AI technology into the game’s development process. The potential inclusion of multiplayer is quite exciting, as it is currently being considered.

In an interview with Reuters, CDPR CEO Adam Badowski revealed that the company is currently expanding its workforce to meet the staffing needs of its ongoing projects. The next title in The Witcher series, known internally as Polaris, is currently in full development and is the main focus of the company. Badowski expressed the goal of having approximately 400 people working on the project by the middle of the year.

The development of the Cyberpunk sequel, codenamed Orion, has recently commenced, with production starting this month. According to Badowski, there are plans to significantly grow the core team based in Boston, with a target of reaching 80 members by the end of 2024. The company’s co-CEO, Michal Nowakowski, mentioned that they are contemplating the inclusion of multiplayer elements in the game but declined to provide any additional information at this time.

Nowakowski also noted that CDPR had formed a team to explore the potential of AI in game development. He emphasized that, while AI can enhance certain processes, it cannot replace human involvement.

What are your thoughts on CDPR’s future plans? Which upcoming game has you more thrilled: the potential next installment of The Witcher series or the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2078? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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