CD Projekt Red strike new deal with The Witcher author

Geralt in the Witcher 3

With The Witcher taking over our Netflix accounts in the run-up to Christmas you may be forgiven for feeling a little full of Geralt, but there’s always room for a little more. CD Projekt may be working on some more Witcher projects in the future, thanks to a new agreement formed between the company and Andrzej Sapkowski, the author behind the Witcher property.

It’s been a long and chequered history between the author and the game developer. CD Projekt licensed the intellectual property rights for their initial game which was released back in 2007, however, the conflict appears to stem from the terms Sapkowski agreed to back then. Believing that videogames are ‘stupid’ he signed the rights away for an up-front cash deal rather than as a licensing option. As everyone and their horse have now played The Witcher 3 and it’s currently one of the most acclaimed and top-selling games of all time, you can see how Sapkowski would be a little sore over the results of this deal.

This all came to a head in 2018 when Sapkowski demanded more money, totaling around 60 million PLN, which in UK terms is about £12 million. CD Projekt denied this request for payment but work was undertaken to mend the bridge between themselves and the author, which appears to have born fruit as of this weekend.

It’s not known what the deal entails, or what the future might mean for either The Witcher or CD Projekt, but at least it puts this legal squabble behind them and presumably clears the way for more Witcher-related games and projects to be released.

But until then, we’ve still got Henry Cavill’s rippling muscles wrapped up in all that leather, and another Witcher 3 playthrough to begin.