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Valve shocked the gaming industry and the world last week by announcing Half-Life Alyx, a full-fledged VR game and the franchise’s official return since 2004’s Half-Life 2. It’s also releasing on 20 March 2020, which will be a full month before CD Projekt Red’s highly-anticipated Cyberpunk 2020 on 16 April 2020.

However, the Polish developer doesn’t feel intimidated at all. During the Q&A in a recent investor earnings call, an analyst asked CD Projekt Red if the company was “afraid that (Half-Life Alyx) may pull some of the gamers away from Cyberpunk due to the fact of being [a] highly anticipated release?”

CD Projekt Red senior vice president of business development Andrzej Nowakowski said:

“So, of course, we’ve seen the Half-Life PR announcement.

I think it was a surprise for everybody, but I think not in a way you are suggesting.

VR remains an extremely nichey niche of the market, like it’s very, very small.

That niche is very, very, very — and I could add a few verys here — small.

So from the market perspective, are we afraid? No, because it’s a very different niche.”

Not only is CD Projekt Red not afraid of the competition posed by Half-Life Alyx, they actually consider VR gaming as a whole to be too small and insignificant in the games industry, which is why Nowakowski also confirmed that the developer won’t be working on any VR-related projects for now.

While both Cyberpunk 2077 and Half-Life Alyx seemingly belong to the same genre (dystopian science fiction), Cyberpunk 2077 has the added advantage of releasing on conventional platforms, instead of the VR-exclusive Half-Life Alyx.

There’s no reason for CD Projekt Red to fear what is essentially a gimmick or tech fad (VR gaming), that will probably no longer be a key segment of the next gaming generation (Xbox Scarlett and PS5), like it was for this one (PS4’s PlayStation VR and the various PC peripherals).


 

Aspiring writer. Born in Amsterdam, raised in Malaysia. Comics are my passion. A gamer and science fiction enthusiast. PSN: AlleefAshaari
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