Recent job postings at The Molasses Flood suggest the studio could be working on a multiplayer Witcher spin-off game.
In October 2021, the CD Projekt group announced the acquisition of The Molasses Flood: an emerging studio responsible for popular indie titles such as Drake Hollow and The Flame in the Flood† In the final paragraph of the accompanying press release, it was revealed that the newly acquired studio would be independently working on an “ambitious project” based on one of CD Projekt’s existing IPs. Naturally, this sparked a wave of speculation.
As the only notable IPs associated with the Polish powerhouse are: The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077, most assumed that the project in question had to be associated with one of the two. Since the former is the more popular franchise and already has an expanded universe of sorts, The Witcher appeared to be the stronger candidate, and the studio’s recent job openings further confirm this.
The Molasses Flood is currently looking for a Multiplayer Designer to work on an Unreal Engine built game based on a CD Projekt IP. The listing suggests it will be a system-heavy action game with a strong emphasis on multiplayer combat and procedural generation of some sort. Similar openings at the company indicate that the game has a leveling system and non-player enemies, as well as a mix of both armed and unarmed combat.
This isn’t the only evidence pointing to multiplayer witcher game is also in the works. In a Q+A session late last year, CD Projekt’s president and joint CEO Adam Kiciński reaffirmed that the company is looking to bring multiplayer to both its Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher franchises in the coming years. With a free multiplayer update to the former having started development long before last year’s acquisition was confirmed, it seems pretty likely that The Molasses Flood project could be the multiplayer witcher experience to which Kiciński referred.
If this is ultimately the case, the news will likely be welcomed by fans of the series, many of whom have discussed the possibility of a multiplayer witcher game in the past. Admittedly, some have wondered if the inclusion of online multiplayer could somehow be watered down The Witcher‘s tried and true formula, but knowing that The Witcher 4 is also under development should help address these concerns.
From CD Projekt’s perspective, the idea of bringing multiplayer to the franchise through a standalone spin-off before implementing it into an editorial arguably makes a lot of sense. By doing so, the company could figure out what exactly online multiplayer is witcher game could look like without the integrity of The Witcher 4†
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