Lords of the Fallen 2 planned for 2023 and Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 3 in development | XboxOne

Eastern European countries know how to do it in video games, it’s not new, and we haven’t finished hearing about their productions. Beyond the famous teams of CD Projekt Red, Poland also includes those of CI Games, the development and publishing studio which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and which reveals some great projects to us through its annual report for 2021.

Lords of the Fallen 2 should show up at the end of the year for a 2023 release

It is therefore through the company’s annual report that CI Games shared its very good results with a turnover up 129%, in particular thanks to the titles Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2, Eldest Souls and Tails of Iron, AAs who knew how to meet their audience and generated significant revenue for the studio.

The main information in this report still concerns the return of two central franchises for CI Games: Lords of the Fallen and Sniper: Ghost Warrior. The first had presented its Souls-like formula in 2014 with a very successful first opus. CI Games founded the young studio Hexworks and entrusted it with the development of the second opus in 2019: Lords Of The Fallen 2. While the information was quite vague, we finally learn that the game should be released in 2023 on Xbox Series X | S, PlayStation 5 and PC.

“The long-awaited sequel to 2014’s Lords of the Fallen, Lords of the Fallen 2 is due out in 2023 on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S as a full game. With the first installment having amassed a player base of over 10 million players, it is essential that we re-engage this audience with the next installment, while taking advantage of the significant expansion of the action-RPG genre since the release of the original game. LotF2 will feature a series of significant improvements, including a new dark-fantasy aesthetic in keeping with the dominant tone of action role-playing games, as well as a completely overhauled and more challenging combat system. The marketing department is currently conducting audience research to better understand IP market perception and penetration, to help define brand positioning for the new game. The global marketing campaign is expected to begin in Q3 of 2022.”

Still a little patience before being able to officially discover this new title which seems to want to take advantage of the enthusiasm aroused by Elden Ring, as much in the style of play as in the universe and the inspiration.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 3 well and truly in development

The other figurehead of the CI Games ship is the FPS saga focused on precision shooting: Sniper Ghost Warrior. Launched in 2008, this game series has earned a solid reputation in a niche style. The report just published by CI Games thus reveals to us that a new opus is in the pipeline, a title which will follow the last two Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts respectively launched in 2019 and 2021.

“The next game in our Sniper Ghost Warrior franchise was developed by our now named Underdog Studio development team, which previously developed Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts and Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2. The studio now has around 50 members and is led by an international team of directors, with approximately half of the key talent located in Poland. The studio has brought in third-party contractors who have been instrumental in the production of Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts and Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2. The project is in full production. »

Thus, we learn that the teams dedicated to Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts are now called Underdog Studio and have more than fifty members. The third opus is in full development and its official presentation is only a matter of time, even if there is still a lot of work to do.

Apart from these two major discoveries, we also learn that a new FPS IP mixing RPG and survival would be under consideration within the Polish studio with the code name “Project Survive”. Finally, all future games from CI Games will be developed under the Unreal Engine 5, a big step forward that will standardize the development of their next major titles with a high quality engine.

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