CD Projekt RED ‘Solidifies’ Relationship with Andrzej Sapkowski, Creator of Witcher
CD Projekt RED issued a press release yesterday, announcing that it has 'solidified' its relationship with Andrej Sapkowski, the author of the Witcher saga.
Adam Kiciński, President and Joint CEO of CD Projekt RED, stated:
We’ve always admired Mr. Andrzej Sapkowski’s works — a great inspiration for the team here at CD PROJEKT RED. I believe today marks a new stage in our continued relationship.
The press release further notes that the new agreement 'fully satisfies' both parties and therefore sets a framework for future cooperation between the Witcher creator and CD Projekt RED. Additionally, the agreement apparently grants new rights to the Polish game developer and publisher, though it is not clarified which ones. As far as we knew, CDPR already had perpetual rights to the Witcher franchise when it comes to gaming. Still, it's worth remembering that the author of Witcher and CDPR didn't always have the best relationship; the author requested an additional $16 million payment and later reportedly got compensation indeed. When viewed in such a perspective, it is clearly in the best interest of CDPR to keep him on their good side.
It is certainly no coincidence that this announcement came on the very same day Netflix released the highly anticipated Witcher TV adaptation, starring Henry Cavill as Geralt, the titular Witcher. The popularity of Geralt of Rivia has literally skyrocketed since the universally acclaimed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt launched in 2015. The character has since been featured on other games, such as Bandai Namco's Soul Calibur VI and CAPCOM's Monster Hunter World.
The Netflix show has nothing to do with CD Projekt RED itself, however, its mere existence will indirectly benefit the Polish developer and publisher when it comes to selling Witcher games and merchandise. It is also widely believed that CDPR will focus on developing a new Witcher game after Cyberpunk 2077 ships in a few months, although it may not focus on Geralt of Rivia anymore, as many fans believe his protege Ciri could take his place as the new main character of the series.