This has been on very interesting week for CD Projekt Red. Early this week rumours started up regarding the Witcher 3 #developer in #discussions with Electronic Arts for a potential buyout. CD Projekt Red issued a formal #statement to Eurogamer yesterday, a response to this unfounded rumour.
“We usually don’t comment on rumours but this one has become quite viral and we think it deserves to be put to bed,” co-founder Marcin Iwinski outlines on behalf of the Board. “We are not talking with anyone regarding selling CD Projekt Red or GOG.com. Period. And the payslip is a fake – it was not issued by our company.”
DSOGaming posted news about a tip they received from someone claiming to be an employee of CD Projekt Red. The employee explains, “I have some bad news to share with you. Our management is probably talking with Electronic Arts about a potential takeover. Electronic Arts representatives are currently visiting our studio and meeting with top management. We are not going to release any game soon, so for sure it’s not about any publishing deal, so the only possible reason for EA guys being here is that they want to buy us.”
Quite a state by the employee. There was also a tweet from community manager Marcin Momot:
— Marcin Momot (@Marcin360) September 14, 2015
A buyout could be possible, but for an independent company such as CD Projekt Red, having just amassed success with the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, this does not make sense. A digital distribution agreement maybe. Seeing both companies have huge digital distribution platforms that are second to Valve’s Steam platform. So a publishing partnership would be far more likely assumption.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will see the first expansion Hearts of Stone on October13th , which is expected to add around 10 hours of gameplay. Along with a bigger expansion coming in the first quarter of next year called Blood & Wine, adding another 20 hours to the game.
Linux users are still waiting for the native port sometime this fall. CD Projekt Red have not released any details about the launch, which we find surprising. But we do know the PR team have not denied the upcoming launch of the native build.