CDPR Makes Fun of Ubisoft Saying Witcher 4 Will Be “AAAAA Game”

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Skull and Bones Was AAAA, Now Get Ready For AAAAA!

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  • CDPR is currently working on the next entry in the Witcher franchise.
  • Following the recent statements of Ubisoft, CDPR has jokingly stated that this project will fall in the AAAAA category.
  • The latest release from Ubisoft was said to be part of its AAAA games despite being disappointing.

The latest release from Ubisoft, Skull and Bones, has been one of the worst releases of the year so far. While the game is easily considered a part of the AAA industry, Ubisoft has left this term behind.

The publisher now refers to its biggest games as part of the AAAA standard, hoping to justify the $70 price tag. Far Cry 6 was no different, and CDPR has recently commented on the term. The developer joked that its next game would be an ‘AAAAA release.’

Why it matters: The gaming industry has grown so much over the years that development costs have skyrocketed. Therefore, Ubisoft hopes to set an even higher standard than AAA games for further distinction.

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CDPR Is Currently Working On the Next Witcher Title

During a recent financial Q&A, CD Projekt Red’s investor relations VP, Karolina Gnas, was asked about the increase in the development cost of the title over the years.

One of the questions asked was whether CDPR’s upcoming titles, like the Cyberpunk 2077 sequel or The Witcher 4, would reassess the studio’s AAA stance following Ubisoft’s comments. The answer was quite amusing.

Ours will be AAAAA.

-Karolina Gnas

You read that right. CDPR will create a game with five whole As, one more than Ubisoft’s latest games. While this remark was a joke, the gaming industry has seen massive development costs for major titles today.

Therefore, we would not be shocked if certain publishers began referring to their major projects as AAAAA releases.

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CDPR’s Biggest IPs Include The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077

It was recently reported that Cyberpunk 2077 made over $750 million in revenue after last year’s comeback. Perhaps this was all the motivation CDPR needed to begin work on its first AAAAA game.

Meanwhile, Ubisoft’s latest AAAA release, Skull and Bones, has not had the best launch. This game has garnered industry-wide criticism after failing to impress audiences.

CDPR seems to be more focused on the future than its naming scheme. While Ubisoft’s AAAA games sound exciting on paper, they rarely live up to the promise of going beyond what the AAA industry is already doing.

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