Ever since the debut of Cyberpunk 2077‘s story trailer at E3, fans have been clamoring for more information. One unlikely but compelling possibility in particular seems to have captured the imaginations of many; namely, whether Ciri from The Witcher could appear in the game. After all, she did seem to describe having visited the world of Cyberpunk at one point during The Witcher III: Wild Hunt.
Cyberpunk 2077’s Director’s Opinion
One man this idea doesn’t seem to be popular with, however, is the game’s director; Adam Badowski. Speaking during E3, he responded to reporters; “I hate this question!” when asked about the possibility of Ciri appearing in Cyberpunk 2077. Clarifying his views on the matter, he went on to explain; “We are not Kingdom Hearts. We are not joining universes, and I know that there are a lot of fans on the team and they would like to have Ciri in the game. But I am totally against it, still.”
CD Projekt Red CEO, Marcin Iwiński, seemed to offer some hope for fans by adding; “Maybe you will change your mind. There is a little hope there”. The news for Witcher fans hoping for an appearance by Ciri does not look good, however. Beyond the simple aesthetic concerns, there are several reasons why it might not be possible to feature Ciri in Cyberpunk 2077; not least because it might breach whatever copyright agreements CD Projekt Red has with Andrzej Sapkowski, the Polish author who wrote the original Witcher novels. If Badowski is against the idea anyway, though, any hope that fans had is likely quashed. Even if he did eventually change his mind; it’s likely too late in the game’s development for any significant appearance to be added.
It has already been confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will have DLC, so fans may still hold out some hope even after the release of the game. Similarly, it’s always possible that CD Projekt Red could include some allusion to the character’s presence, or brief Easter egg glimpse of her. However, fans hoping to interact with Ciri in any meaningful way probably shouldn’t get their hopes up.