The incredible quality of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is pretty well covered. It won a lot of Game of the Year awards for good reason, and it's a truly impressive idea of a more traditional RPG from a studio so dedicated to the genre that one of their slogans is 'Play Your Role'. Thanks to the Polish government that studio's next game now has a chance to be a little more impressive still: the government has just granted CD Projekt RED a $7 million research grant.
CD Projekt applied for the grant via the GameINN initiative of the Polish Government. They specifically applied for a grant in order to help them create 'City Creation' - something which is no doubt in the works for Cyberpunk 2077, their futuristic upcoming RPG.
The description offered by CD Projekt back when they applied, via GamePressure, described City Creation as "a complex technology for creating a huge living city, playable in real time" and describe it as being "based on rules, AI and automation" while supporting "innovative processes and tools for making top-notch open-world games."
Also part of the research grant is an effort to create a Seamless Multiplayer system.
That previously-described grant has now been approved, as reported by WCCF Tech (via VG247). While they could be used in any game all these systems seem to match up to Cyberpunk, which entered full production when CD Projekt wrapped up The Witcher 3. While CD Projekt nailed the open world with The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk will be their first shot at doing so in a more realistic city setting - making this tech potentially vital. No doubt $7 million will help decently towards that goal.
We're stupidly pumped for Cyberpunk. Here's the amazing reveal trailer again, and we'll of course bring you any tidbits on this game as they're revealed. There's a good chance we'll start hearing more soon - The Witcher 3 is officially done as of its last expansion, Blood & Wine.