‘Cyberpunk 2077’ head writer has left for Blizzard. Oh dear, oh yes. I’m conflicted

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The cool: Blizzard has snagged a supremely talented writer. The worrisome: said head writer was working on Cyberpunk 2077, which still doesn’t have a fucking release date.


Sebastian Stepien, who was also one of the creative directors on ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,’ has left the Poland-based studio.

Blizzard is adding another top talent to its roster of game developers.

Former CD Projekt Red creative director Sebastian Stepien has left the Poland-based game studio for a new role at Blizzard Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. CD Projekt Red also confirmed Stepien’s departure. A Blizzard rep said Stepien had joined the company in a development capacity. No further information about his new role was shared.

Stepien was one of three creative directors on CD Projekt Red’s 2015 hit The Witcher 3 and served as a writer on the first two games in the fantasy role-playing series. Stepien was also the head writer for CD Projekt Red’s upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, an open-world RPG set in the future.

Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated games currently in development, though no release date has been set.

Meanwhile, Blizzard is known for such high-profile franchises as Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft and Overwatch.

Jan. 24 10:49 a.m. Updated to reflect CD Projekt Red’s confirmation.