The Witcher 3 Developer Getting Paid Millions by Polish Government to Keep Innovating

by Matthew Hayes

Video games are huge business, and widely renowned, world-class games can bring in a lot of money, prestige, recognition, and honor. The research and development that goes into more advanced games can also drive the entire industry forward. CD Projekt Red, the Polish studio famous for developing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, is one of the most talented and celebrated studios in the world, and that's why they're being given almost $7 million to keep innovating.

CDPR president Adam Kincinski had the following to say in a statement (via WCCF Tech):

"Developing videogames is a hyperinnovative activity, but also one which carries substantial financial risks, involves continuous R&D work and requires much experimentation and prototyping along the way. The GameINN program – a fruit of our industry’s collaborative efforts – will, in the coming years, enable Polish developers to carry out nearly 40 projects worth 191 million PLN. I am confident that the resulting innovative solutions will further elevate the quality of Polish videogames and enhance our competitiveness on the global stage. Indeed, our industry now has the potential to become the champion of the modern Polish economy."

Poland's National Center for Research of Development has set aside 116 million PLN to fund the continuing research conducted by various prominent video game developers that call Poland home. CD Projekt Red got the lion's share of these funds, receiving 30 million PLN (about $7 million USD) for various initiatives. CDPR put forth four proposals, all of which were accepted for funding:

City Creation

Comprehensive technology for the creation of “live”, playable in real-time, cities of great scale based on the principles of artificial intelligence and automation and taking into account the development of innovative processes and tools supporting the creation of high-quality open world games.

Seamless Multiplayer

Comprehensive technology enables the creation of unique gameplay for many players, taking into account the search of opponents, session management, replication facilities, and support of a variety of game modes along with a unique set of dedicated tools.

Cinematic Feel

Comprehensive technology for providing a unique, film quality RPG with open world, also taking into account innovative solutions Process and unique set of dedicated tools.

Animation Excellence

Comprehensive technology enabling a significant increase in quality and production of complex face and body animations for open world RPG games, also taking into account the innovative process solutions and a unique set of dedicated tools.

We expect great things to come of this research, just as long as it doesn't interfere with development of Cyberpunk 2077 because, you know, we really want to play that soon.

By Matthew Hayes

Matthew loves artistic games, RPG loot, all things Nintendo, and esoteric philosophy - if you want to buy him something for his birthday, that's all you need to know. In person, a meek dog-lover. Online, an overly competitive villain. Favorite games include Persona 4 Golden, Rainbow Six Siege, Dark Souls, Rhythm Heaven Megamix, and Jet Set Radio.