Witcher 3 Creator Gets Millions in Funding to Research Seamless Multiplayer Tech

Witcher 3 Creator Gets Millions in Funding to Research Seamless Multiplayer Tech

The Witcher 3 developer, CD Projekt Red, will be celebrating Christmas a little earlier this year. The Polish government’s National Centre for Research and Development (NCRD) provided the developer with nearly 30M zloty (about $10M NZD) to research new technologies.

This is part of the NCRD’s push to stimulate the gaming industry in Poland. The organisation is offering $39M NZD to Polish developers to help realise their creative potential.

Here are the four briefs that CD Projekt Red received the money for, as translated by WCCFTech. It could give a glimpse into features present in their future games.

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.

Developer Techland – better known for Dead Island and Dying Light – also saw a chunk of that cash, for “developing a prototype for an action RPG set in an original fantasy world” played in first-person. CI Games (Lords of the Fallen, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3) received a grant for an unannounced project, and for “the development of innovative technology based on advanced algorithms, dedicated artificial intelligence to generate ambient player in the crowd, and herds of animals”.

Do you think any of this could be going towards Cyberpunk 2077? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Gamasutra


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Comments Comments (8)

Posted by Zolen
On Tuesday 20 Dec 2016 8:54 AM
yes ... yes I do
Posted by AdamC
On Tuesday 20 Dec 2016 10:12 AM
20 December 2016, 08:54 AM Reply to Zolen
yes ... yes I do
And because of this I feel it's a few years away
Posted by Zolen
On Tuesday 20 Dec 2016 11:24 AM
Perhaps 2077 ?
Posted by dr_zox
On Tuesday 20 Dec 2016 11:29 AM
hmmm....a government seeing the value in the video games industry wow
Posted by Paorio
On Tuesday 20 Dec 2016 3:24 PM
Yay a good thing from a government being pointed out haha
Posted by SteveMacNZ
On Tuesday 20 Dec 2016 4:41 PM
more governments should follow their lead and also encourage coding in schools etc. things like "minecraft hour of code" https://code.org/minecraft are all good for the industry
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Tuesday 20 Dec 2016 5:14 PM
I don't care for multiplayer, but our gov should give to game development, it's a billion dollar industry that can make a lot of profits if the games aren't sh*t.
Posted by Seraphim
On Friday 30 Dec 2016 1:36 AM
Yes, I do. but whatever project this ends up being, it sounds very in tune with what I like.