CD Projekt RED Gets Government Grant to Develop Seamless Multiplayer
Ashley Allen / 4 years ago
CD Projekt RED has been given a £5.6 million (116 million PLN) Polish Government grant to fund the development of innovating new gaming technologies. The grant, courtesy of Poland’s National Centre for Research of Development, is intended to support four proposals submitted by the developer of The Witcher trilogy, which include seamless cross-platform multiplayer systems and virtual city creation, playable in real-time.
“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,” says Adam Kiciński, President of the CD PROJEKT Capital Group. “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,” Kiciński adds. “Indeed, our industry now has the potential to become the champion of the modern Polish economy.”
The four proposals approved by the NCBR are:
- 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.
The fruits of this grant are sure to be evident in CD Projekt RED’s forthcoming sci-fi RPG Cyberpunk 2077.