CD Projekt Red would not disclose the specifics behind the new deal between them and Sapkowski due to “non-disclosure provisions.” However, CD Projekt Red announced that the agreement “satisfies and fully clarifies the requirements and expectations of both parties in light of previously concluded agreements,” and more importantly means there will be future cooperation between the two.
Specifically, CD Projekt Red says the new agreement “reaffirms its existing title to ‘The Witcher’ intellectual property in developing video games, graphic novels, board games and merchandise.” In response to the news, CD Projekt CEO Adam Kiciński said, “We’ve always admired Mr. Andrzej Sapokowski’s works — a great inspiration for the team here at CD Projekt Red. I believe today marks a new stage in our continued relationship.”
In October 2018, Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski officially demanded further compensation from CD Projekt Red for their use of the Witcher license. The Witcher 3
has been a critical and financial success, and Sapkowski has publicly expressed some level of disappointment over the original deal between him and CD Projekt.
Sapkowski wanted at least 6% of the profits made from The Witcher property, but also said he was “prepared to settle the matter in an amicable — and more importantly — expeditious and quiet manner.” At the time CD Projekt called the demands “groundless.”Sapkowski originally agreed to license The Witcher to the developer for a one-time payment instead of a royalties system that CD Projekt initially offered. In an interview with Eurogamer, the author said, “They offered me a percentage of their profits. I said, ‘No, there will be no profit at all — give me all my money right now! The whole amount.’ It was stupid. I was stupid enough to leave everything in their hands because I didn’t believe in their success. But who could foresee their success? I couldn’t.”
With the matter settled, CD Projekt will retain access to The Witcher license. The company is also working on a new video game series called Cyberpunk 2077 based on the popular tabletop RPG.
IGN reached out to CD Projekt for more comments, but the company declined to issue any further statements. Read our Witcher 3 review here, or check out our Cyberpunk 2077 coverage for more info. There is also a Netflix series based on The Witcher that premiered this year but is separate from CD Projekt’s video games.
Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter.