After years of collaboration, CDPR acquired Digital Scapes in March of this year.
CD Projekt Red has officially announced the acquisition of Canadian developer Digital Scapes. The two companies have been working together since 2018 and signed the acquisition agreement in March 2021.
Digital Scapes may not be a well-known developer in their own right, but did help CDPR with Cyberpunk 2077. According to a press release announcing the deal to the public, Digital Scapes has helped optimize the game for three years.
Digital Scape’s impressive CV doesn’t stop there. The company itself was formed in 2012 by industry veterans from BioWare, Radical Entertainment and Relic. Since its inception, it has worked on franchises such as Dying Light, Company of Heroes, Dead Rising, and Mass Effect.
The Canada-based studio specializes in assisting other developers in various areas, such as multiplayer, animation, combat design, cloud services and more. While the press release is vague on what Digital Scape will do at CD Projekt Red, it suggests he will continue in this supporting role, rather than leading a new project anytime soon.
This acquisition may also rekindle hope for Cyberpunk 2077’s multiplayer, as the company has experience in this area. In March – at the same time as the acquisition – it was announced that the originally planned multiplayer mode was being phased out and would instead aim to “enhance single player games with online experiences”. With this change in strategy coinciding with the acquisition, it is likely that the two are linked.
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