CD Projekt Red loses The Witcher 2 senior producer

Polish developer parts ways with Tomek Gop after more than five years at dark-fantasy RPG house.

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CD Projekt Red Studio has found significant success with its dark-fantasy action role-playing franchise The Witcher. However, future installments in the series will be undertaken without one of the studio's top developers.

Tomek Gop

Senior producer Tomek Gop (aka Thomasz Gop) has updated his LinkedIn profile to indicate that he left CD Projekt Red Studio this month. Gop joined the Polish development house in March 2006, a year and a half before the first installment in the franchise shipped for the PC.

Gop's responsibilities at the studio included asset production management and coordination, as well as PR and marketing. CD Projekt had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment on Gop's departure as of press time.

[UPDATE] Gop has since confirmed his departure from the studio. "Hi, just a quick note from me," he said in a statement provided to GameSpot. "I did in fact leave CD Projekt RED. The Witcher 2 Xbox 360 is in works and shaping up good - I'm a producer, not the project lead, so I'm still quite confident guys will make it. My reasons were mainly personal - we're still friends with CDP and there's no bad blood."

CD Projekt Red scored critical and commercial success with The Witcher 2, which is based on the fantasy universe created by Andrzej Sapkowski. Earlier this month, the studio confirmed that The Witcher 2 sold 400,000 units during its first week of availability for the PC. An Xbox 360 release for the game is expected later this year.

Discussion

37 comments
ZedX-14Pilot
ZedX-14Pilot

I usually don't play RPG's, but, The Witcher series and Mass Effect 2 have converted me. Somewhat. I am late to the party as far as RPG's go, but glad I have finally jumped in. The Witcher 2 is absolutely worth every penny and minute. This studio obviously has a great wealth of talent, and will surely continue churning out great games. I especially liked their response to the lawsuit recently filed against them. They show real grit. It is a bummer whenever a place loses talent, but, I believe that sometimes talent is developed. That is what I think about this studio. Their environment is what keeps the team on their A game, and that is why they will remain successful.

Mkherkzen
Mkherkzen

There's a mistake in Tomek's name. In Polish Tomek is a short form of Tomasz (read it like if it was Tomash), just like Tom is a short form of Thomas in English. Mr Gop is a great lad. And a very funny one too (in a positive way ofc) - he knows how to make people laugh :) @ Talus057 Believe it or not, but developing costs in Poland are way smaller than in American or even other European studios. And the Witcher series are known for selling well despite being a PC-only M-rated titles.

Talus057
Talus057

I wonder how much that "critical success" cost?

l777l
l777l

That's somewhat unfortunate. Good luck.

marz311
marz311

That sucks, he was actually a cool and somewhat funny guy. Knows how to promote games well.

shkar
shkar

I hope that they bring the game to PS3 ,,,,,,not be offensive but I can't stand the multiple DISC swapping that the xbxo360 version will have considering the fact that unless they don't downgrade the game it will need more than 2 discs to be playable on the 360 ......

BloodMist
BloodMist

Maybe he could move over to Bioware and smack a bit of sense back into them.Well one can dream at least.

73X
73X

I wish you well, Mr. Gop.

kaem79
kaem79

Sad news and best wishes to you Thomasz Gop. To CPR, right now you are the best game developer out there. Keep up the awesome job. May fortune rain over ye'all :)

Jamemba
Jamemba

I hope The Witcher series still kicks major a$$ after this loss. :)

rayzobho
rayzobho

Disappointing news for sure, but here's hoping that we can get another great game dev team out of this occurrence.

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

As long as he doesn't start working for EA I wish him the very best.

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

its a loss for a good pc dev team regardless. the team is weakened, at least for now, however much, and wish Gop best of luck.

MadYarpen
MadYarpen

Sad to read, but at least he is PR guy after all. Good luck to him, he is a great guy. The studio won't suffer, there is plenty of talented ppl in poland. And remember after The Witcher 1 Michal Madej left the studio, and he was a chief designer - nothing wrong happened to TW2 because of that. So good luck once again and thanks to him for bringing us TW2.

Supabul
Supabul

Is this the guy who said the Witcher 2 was openworld, and in some walkthrough vid's said all those place's in the distance where explorable

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

I hope The Witcher games don't get downgraded by this loss. Best of luck to both the great company and Gop.

knut-am
knut-am

:) No need to act like you know the guy. People change jobs all the time it's silly to make a fuzz.

topsemag55
topsemag55

I hope the parting was on good terms. Best of luck to both.

Blue-Sky
Blue-Sky

Lots of respect for CD Projekt Red Studio. Hope his depature doesn't have long lasting effects.

devrindare
devrindare

I wish him best of luck and also to CD projekt, cause i know another Witcher game is on the line in the next 3 years, to make a great game without a valuable person in the team.

darklord2160
darklord2160

i hope this won't reduce the quality of CD Projekt red's games in the future.can't wait for TW3

DesertLynx83
DesertLynx83

I'd be more worried if EA or Activision bought them out.

lucas182
lucas182

as long as that headline doesn't read "EA buys out CD Projekt Red", i think we're fine...

scorpgul
scorpgul

Patrice Desilets left Ubisoft and Assassin's Creed still delivers quality gametime. I don't see this affecting Witcher at all people make too much fuss about things like this

Hirasugi
Hirasugi

oh no, I hope they can be able to get the first witcher out...

heroesfan261
heroesfan261

It's sad but still, It's not like the Senior Producer is the main reason a game is good. For me It was the incredible direction and design, combined with an amazing graphics team. CDProjekt is still going to own big time.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Sorry to see him go. I hope he gets back into the industry soon. Perhaps a game based on Elric? ;)

aermeus
aermeus

Ill echo other peoples comments...sad to see him go...CD Projeckt was emerging as a great developer for PC games...appearing in all the videos he seemed like an intelligent nice guy who was committed to making great games...hopefully he takes his expertise to another developer to make more great RPGs

malikmmm
malikmmm

i really liked this guy! he appeared in every single witcher 2 pre release trailer or dev walkthrough.

AhmedSami2011
AhmedSami2011

mmmm .. I think the studio will remain powerfull without him

Neosword
Neosword

Sad to hear about CDP losing anyone. I hope they continue to crank out great games.

collinmul
collinmul

You always hope that the core of a young team stays together as their company and legacy advance from obscurity to industry-wide fame and fortune. Hopefully this is just one person making a personal choice, rather than infighting getting the better of the people involved. This is how up-and-coming companies fall apart, and we don't need to see this VH1 special again.

Evz0rz
Evz0rz

Sad to hear...hopefully he goes on to do great things!