CD Projekt Red enters into a new agreement with The Witcher creator Andrzej Sapkowski

by December 23, 2019 0 comments

The Witcher is all the rage right now, thanks to the Netflix series, which is based on the books. But the series was originally made popular by the games. Not many people knew that the books existed, including Henry Cavill, who came to know about Andrzej Sapkowski and the books years after he finished the game and approached Lauren Hissrich for the role.  

The games were a massive success, including CD Projekt Red’s magnum opus, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Before the game was even released, the studio said that we won’t be playing as Geralt, since his saga was complete. They also hinted that they might make new games set in The Witcher Universe in the future where Geralt has a cameo, but it isn’t their focus right now.  

It left many fans with a bittersweet taste, but now we might have some hope. CD Projekt Red has signed a new agreement with the creator of the series, Andrzej Sapkowski. In the announcement, they said that the agreement “solidifies and reinforces the Company’s relationship with Mr. Andrzej Sapkowski.” 

Before we go any further, a little bit of backstory. After the release of The Witcher, Sapkowski came forward and said that he missed out on a very lucrative deal since he didn’t think that the video games would be successful at all. Instead of charging a percentage based fee, he charged an up-front sum. Later, he demanded $15.6 million from CD Projekt Red, but they outright and confidently refused, citing the contract they had already signed. But they did say that they would work towards an “amicable solution”.  

“We’ve always admired Mr. Andrzej Sapkowski’s works—a great inspiration for the team here at CD Project Red,” CD Projekt president and joint CEO Adam Kiciński said in a statement. 

This new agreement is a result of that. Right now, CDPR hasn’t revealed the details of the contract citing NDA. But they did say that it “establishes a framework for future cooperation between the parties. They also said that it gives them rights to CDPR of the title for developing video games, graphic novels, board games and merchandise. 

So we do know that we won’t be playing as Geralt. We can surely hope that we get to follow Ciri’s adventures. 

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