The Witcher Creator Andrzej Sapkowski Shares Thoughts on the Game Series; “Didn’t Believe in Their Success” at First
Polish writer and author Andrzej Sapkowski shared some deeper insights into The Witcher series of books and his relationship with CD Projekt RED's games.
Starting with the release of The Witcher in 2007 and concluding with the critically-acclaimed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 2015, the series’ vast and expansive lore created across its numerous games actually started with the series of novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, who has an admirable (but complicated) relationship towards the games based on his books and stories.
Speaking in an interview with Eurogamer, Sapkowski provided a deeper look into his history with creating The Witcher series of books on which the wildly-popular game series is (loosely) based around. However, one of the most interesting portions of the interview reveals that Sapkowski seems to have a sore spot with the game series in one instance: financially.
According to the Eurogamer interview, Sapkowski’s relationship with the game series is particularly complicated due to his release of the rights to the book series to developer CD Projekt RED for a lump sum of money, rather than waiting on royalties from continuing sales of the games for a potentially larger sum. In particular, Sapkowski said “I was stupid enough to sell them rights to the whole bunch,” adding:
“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.”
While financially the subject of the games series definitely seems to be one that’s a sore spot for Sapkowski, he otherwise acknowledged CD Projekt RED’s work on the series and says the games are “made very well,” and that “they merit all of the beneficiaries they get from it.” Though Sapkowski appears to not be much of a gamer himself, he stated that he has “nothing against gamers” or the games themselves, and appears (possibly) being open to continuing the stories of The Witcher books down the line.