CD Projekt Red (the company behind The Witcher games) has inked a new deal Andrzej Sapkowski (the author of The Witcher books and originator of the brand), with an official announcement blog confirming that “both parties [have] signed an agreement further solidifying their relationship.”
Of course, the mutant monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia is in the zeitgeist right now because of a different adaption of Sapkowski’s work: Netflix recently unleashed the first season of its live-action The Witcher series, with Henry Cavill playing the title role. You can read our interview with Cavill and his cohorts at this link if you like.
Cavill, being a self-professed fan of both the games and the books, will surely be chuffed to hear that CD Projekt Red is continuing to work with Andrzej Sapkowski. The developers are currently busy working on Cyberpunk 2077, but here’s hoping that there will be a new Witcher game on their dance card before long. It certainly seems likely now that this announcement has been made.
CD Projekt Red’s Adam Kiciński said this in a statement: “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 CD Projekt Red blog post notes that this agreement “confirms the company’s title to “The Witcher” intellectual property in video games, graphic novels, board games, and merchandise.” The agreement also gives the developers “new rights”, which is quite an intriguing proposition.
The blog also notes that this new deal between CD Projekt Red and Andrzej Sapkowski “satisfies and fully clarifies the needs and expectations of both parties, past and present, and sets out a framework for the future cooperation between the two sides” We look forward to seeing what their collaboration brings us next…