Most fans of CD Projekt Red's RPG franchise The Witcher are probably familiar with the bad blood between the dev and the writer of the original books Andrzej Sapkowski, but the Polish studio once again showed their class by extending an olive branch.
Just for context, Sapkowski sold his rights to all The Witcher books for a direct sum, as he firmly believed that royalties will be non-existent. CDPR, however, kept going from strength to strength, creating an RPG giant, which led to Sapkowski demanding .
Unsurprisingly, many fans of digital Geralt saw this as extortion and even Metro franchise author Dmitry Glukhovsky commented that it's not a very dignified way to go about your own bad calls. CDPR are legally in the right, after all, right?
Well, they are, but it was CDPR who approached Sapkowski in the first place - these are some of his biggest fans who believed in his work, even if he didn't return the favour. Burying any hatchets makes business sense as well, now that The Witcher is becoming a multimedia franchise.
"We've always admired Mr. Andrzej Sapkowski's works - a great inspiration for the team here at CD PROJEKT RED”, said CDPR's CEO Adam Kicinski. "I believe today marks a new stage in our continued relationship."
While the exact details of the agreement were kept under wraps, the joint announcement says that it "satisfies and fully clarifies" current and future needs and expectations of both parties.
"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", the statement concludes.