'The Witcher 3' Game Dev CD Projekt Red Signs Deal with Andrzej Sapkowski for More

The author of The Witcher book series has signed a new deal with CD Projekt Red, the video game developer behind the bestselling adaptation, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Writer Andrzej Sapkowski and CD Projekt Red announced the new agreement in December, "solidifying their relationship."

But beyond confirming the developer's ongoing rights to create graphic novels, board games and merchandise based on The Witcher, the new agreement might also pave the way for future video game sequels beyond The Witcher 3.

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Geralt of Rivia is a monster hunter for hire in "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt." CD Projekt Red

The new agreement between CD Projekt Red and Sapkowski not only provides the video game developer with "new rights," but also "sets out a framework for the future cooperation between the two sides."

"We've always admired Mr. Andrzej Sapkowski's works—a great inspiration for the team here at CD Projekt Red," President Adam Kiciński said in a statement released by the game studio. "I believe today marks a new stage in our continued relationship."

Newsweek has reached out to CD Projekt Red with questions about the "new rights" and what it could mean for the future of the video game series, but did not hear back in time for publication.

When Sapkowski originally licensed the rights to The Witcher series to CD Projekt Red, he didn't foresee the massive hit it was about to become and was largely hands-off throughout the development of the video game series. With the massive success of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which has sold more than 20 million copies since its 2015 release, Sapkowski began to worry that the video game series would eclipse his own authorship.

"I was stupid enough to sell them rights to the whole bunch," he told Eurogamer in 2017. "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."

Dissatisfied with the original terms, set in the early 2000s with an independent games studio—a far cry from the juggernaut CD Projekt Red became—Sapkowski pushed for an amended deal in 2018, demanding additional royalties.

CD Projekt Red pushed back, calling Sapkowski's demands "groundless," but also pledged to "go to great lengths to ensure amicable resolution," in order to maintain "good relations" with the author. This new deal reflects that process, laying out "the needs and expectations of both parties, past and present."

The next game from The Witcher developer, Cyberpunk 2077, will be released on April 16, 2020. The developer plans future entries in The Witcher series but has emphasized that, while set in the same universe, sequels are unlikely to star Geralt, allowing The Wild Hunt to serve as the end of a three-game trilogy.

"For the past 10 years the team has been working on swords and castles and medieval Slavic monsters. So I think it's time for some guns, androids, and some ammo," CD Projekt Red Co-founder Marcin Iwinski said in a 2017 call with investors. "We like this world a lot. We invested 15 years of our lives in it and a lot of money. So, we'll think about [another Witcher game] at some point."