Laughing all the way to the bank? Witcher author signs deal with computer games group for ‘undisclosed figure’
The author of The Witcher series of books has teamed up with the video games producer behind the successful franchise to create more games.
In an undisclosed agreement, CD-Projekt said that in their talks with author Andrzej Sapkowski: “The agreement 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.
“The agreement grants CD Projekt new rights, as well as confirms the company's title to 'The Witcher' intellectual property in video games, graphic novels, board games, and merchandise.”
Last year Sapkowski, who had originally agreed to a one-off payment from the games developer, demanded around 60 million PLN, after the huge success of the third instalment.
The author had said that didn’t believe the first Witcher game would even make a profit but the series has sold over 40 million units worldwide with the third instalment shipping 20 million units alone.
Adam Kiciński, President and Joint CEO of CD Projekt, said: “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 third game, titled ‘Wild Hunt’ was released in 2015 and had over 1,500 people involved in its production at a cost of over 300 million PLN.
Further expansions to the game world were released later in 2015 and then in 2016.
The game was loved by fans and critics alike, receiving an average rating over 90 percent and picking up several ‘Game of the Year’ awards.
Currently streaming on Netflix, the Witcher series starring Hollywood heartthrob Henry Cavill, has been earning rave reviews and is being touted as a replacement to Game of Thrones by some fantasy fans.