Due to the fact that there are roughly 2 billion people connected to the web at any given time, a rumour on the internet can spread faster than cooties in a primary school, and yesterday, CD Projekt Red was the subject of a big one. An insider from the company reportedly contacted DSO Gaming in regards to a number of meetings that had been taking place between representatives of EA and upper management in CD Projekt Red.
[quote]I’m employee of CDProjekt Red and I have some bad news to share with you. Our management is probably talking with Electronic Arts about potential take over. Electronic Arts representatives are currently visiting our studio and meeting with top management. We are not going to release any game soon, so for sure it’s not about any publishing deal, so the only possible reason for EA guys being here is that they want to buy us.[/quote]
The story quickly spread and there was much speculation about what this could mean for any future games that CDPR had in the works, with many fearing the worst in the form of microtransactions in the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077. Marcin Momot was quick to respond to the rumours, however, and took to Twitter shoot them down.
@astreamz Just bumped into Marcin Iwiński – it was new to him. I guess the "informer" has better insight than the @CDPROJEKTRED founder. 🙂
— Marcin Momot (@Marcin360) September 14, 2015
In an interview with Develop in June, company co-founder Marcin Iwinski stated that the company is approached for acquisition on a regular basis, which may have helped to give momentum to this EA rumour, but he added that the company, “has no plans of losing its independence or development ethos, despite the risks of open-world triple-A and the increasing costs of making games.” Based on the success and widespread acclaim that they’ve received from The Witcher 3, not to mention the hype that it’s helped build for Cyberpunk 2077, I think it’s unlikely that CD Projekt Red will throw in the towel any time soon.