Andrzej Zawadzki, who was a senior game designer of Cyberpunk 2077, left CD Projekt RED after almost 8 years. He hasn’t disclosed a reason for it yet.
The developer shared the news yesterday on Twitter. According to Zawadzki, it was an “honor and pleasure” to work at CD Projekt RED, but it’s now time for a “new adventure.” He thanked his former colleagues, though he didn’t say anything about his future plans.
After almost 8 years, my time at CDPR has come to an end. It's time for the new adventure.
To every person I've met on the way – thank you 🙂 It was an honor and pleasure.
See you around 🙂 pic.twitter.com/Hts3TE9VzW
— Andrzej Zawadzki (@ZawAndy) March 22, 2021
Andrzej Zawadzki joined CDPR in July 2013, working as QA Tester. In 2016, he became a junior gameplay designer of Cyberpunk 2077 and was promoted to senior game designer a few years later.
According to Zawadzki’s CV on LinkedIn, he helped establish core RPG features, designed progression and itemization systems, led teams of several designers, implemented skills and perks, helped balance the economy, and worked with the UI team on inventory, crafting, and character progression.
After CD Projekt faced criticism following Cyberpunk 2077’s problematic release, Zawadzki defended the company and its employees. He stated that death threats towards developers were “absolutely unacceptable and just wrong.”
Meanwhile, CD Projekt’s turbulent journey with Cyberpunk 2077 continues. Over the course of just a few months, the studio fell victim to a hacker attack, which led to the delay of one of the patches, and lost the title of Poland’s top public company. Despite setting an all-time record and selling more than 10 million digital copies in its first month, Cyberpunk 2077 sales have dropped to 1% of its launch figures.
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