CD Projekt RED has signed a new deal with The Witcher creator Andrzej Sapkowski, which will no doubt see the author get paid. The announcement follows the release of the Netflix show, which is taking the world by storm right now. As it stands, the Polish developer will now maintain full control of the intellectual property as it pertains to video games, graphic novels, board games, and merchandise.
"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,” a press release explains. Sapkowski had previously complained, of course, that he wasn’t getting paid for the success of titles like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, after he negotiated an upfront payment rather than a profit share.
“We've always admired Andrzej Sapkowski's works – a great inspiration for the team here at CD Projekt RED,” said gaffer Adam Kiciński. “I believe today marks a new stage in our continued relationship.” Naturally, no new games have been announced while the studio focuses its attention on Cyberpunk 2077, but arguably the bigger story here is that The Witcher will return on consoles – otherwise why sign this new deal in the first place?