The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED denies a new report that says Electronic Arts plans to purchase the studio.
DSOGaming was contacted by a CD Projekt RED employee who said EA was visiting their offices:
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.
CD Projekt community manager Marcin Momot shot down the report over Twitter. He said that he spoke with studio co-founder Marcin Iwi?ski and that there's no EA purchase in the works:
That said, it's easy to imagine EA purchasing CD Projekt, a developer with a proven track record. EA has a long history of acquiring other studios: BioWare, Maxis, and DICE are just a few studios that the company has bought over the years.
A deal to purchase CD Projekt would also presumably include its digital store, GOG. If EA owned both Origin and GOG, they'd have a serious share of the digital PC games market. That could earn the company a huge amount of money in the future.
While buying CD Projekt might be smart for EA, I'm not sure many gamers would be happy about it. Many studios acquired by EA, such as Mythic Entertainment and Westwood Studios, were shut down later down the road. Gamers also feel that EA hurt many of the studios they buy by meddling with their development process. The anxiety about a possible takeover of CD Projekt - and what that would mean for Witcher and GOG - was palpable on social media.
What were EA and CD Projekt meeting about, then? I'm not convincing that an acquisition is the only reason the two companies would meet. CD Projekt is planning to release boxed copies of Witcher 3's expansion packs so presumably they're going to rely on a third-party distributor. Furthermore, they haven't announced a publisher for their upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077. It's worth considering these possibilities before getting worried that EA's about to buy the studio.