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'The Witcher 3' Director Leaves CD Projekt RED Following Workplace Bullying Allegations

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'The Witcher 3' Director Leaves CD Projekt RED Following Workplace Bullying Allegations

With a troubled AAA launch, a cyber attack, and legal action on multiple fronts, it's fair to say that it's been a turbulent few months for CD Projekt. Now Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, director of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and head of production on Cyberpunk 2077 has announced he's leaving the company. His departure comes amid allegations of workplace bullying.

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A new report from Bloomberg reveals that Tomaszkiewicz was at the centre of a long and involved internal investigation into accusations of bullying leveled at the director. While the commission put together to carry out the investigation found him not guilty, Tomaszkiewicz decided to resign anyway.

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In an email to fellow CDPR staff, Tomaszkiewicz wrote that felt felt a lot of people were "feeling fear, stress, or discomfort" when working with him, despite having been cleared. He apologised for "all the bad blood" caused, and vowed to work to be better in his next role.

Tomaszkiewicz had been with CDPR for many years, having worked on the studio's very first game: 2007's The Witcher. He was lead quest designer on The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings, before stepping into a directorial role for The Witcher 3 and its expansions Hearts Of Stone and Blood And Wine. He worked on Cyberpunk 2077 as design director and head of production, before becoming vice president of game development at the studio.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt / Credit: CD Projekt Red, Bandai Namco
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt / Credit: CD Projekt Red, Bandai Namco
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The former director's departure comes just one month after Cyberpunk 2077's lead gameplay designer Andrzej Zawadzki announced he was leaving the company after eight years.

The developer announced the news on Twitter back in March, writing, "After almost eight years, my time at CDPR has come to an end. It's time for the new adventure. To every person I've met on the way - thank you :) It was an honor and pleasure. See you around :)".

Zawadzki didn't explain in public why exactly he decided to move on from CDPR, but he did state in a follow-up post to peers that he'd be taking a "long holiday" before seeking out his next role.

Featured Image Credit: CD Projekt

Topics: News, The Witcher, Cyberpunk 2077

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