CD Projekt Red’s critically acclaimed The Witcher series is, in actuality, based on a series of novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. He’s been called the Polish Tolkein by many, and there’s no doubt that the games have inspired people to check out the books. Only problem is Sapkowski now thinks that the massive success of the games didn’t exactly pan out in his favor like he hoped.
While speaking to Eurogamer, the author spoke about how CD Projekt Red had first approached him to create games based on his stories. All Sapkowski expected was “a big bag of money, that is all.” Looking back on it, he now realizes that he shot himself in the foot, because he didn’t believe in the success the Witcher games would end up having. (Recently, CDPR’s value was said to be $1.6 billion.) “They offered me a percentage of their profits,” Sapkowski recalls. “I said, ‘No, there will be no profit at all – give me all my money right now! The whole amount.'”
Still, for as much as he’s kicking himself, Sapkowski is happy for CD Projekt Red and what they’ve done with The Witcher. He says that the game is made “very well,” and that they “merit all the beneficiaries from it.”