CD Projekt RED Discusses the Inception of The Witcher Series
The Witcher series is known all around the world in the gaming industry as well as novelists who admire the work of Andrzej Sapkowski. CD Project RED later turned this novel into an amazing and lucrative video game property.
CD Project RED and its talented teams were once merely distributors and worked on localizations of western games for Poland. Marcin Iwiński, the co-founder of Witcher developers CD Projekt Red, said that the studio started off game development with no idea of how to make games.
I started the company with a friend from high school, Michał Kiciński. We started as game distributors, but in all honesty, we weren’t very good at distribution. We were very good at games, at picking games and being the first to localize them for Poland.
They wanted to move to game development and create something special. The Witcher series (books) gave them the right direction and motivation to develop an RPG.
Marcin Iwiński also talked about their role models – Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk from BioWare.
We started the company as two gamers distributing games in Poland. We were fascinated with RPGs. That’s how we met Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk from BioWare, who were our role models.
We played all the Baldur’s Gate games. But it was always, like, there was this evil Sarevok and you go and find him and – [trumpet sound] – you won. We thought, hey, that’s great, but let’s add a new flavor to it: more ambiguous, more complex characters who are more real because they remind us of ourselves.
The Witcher series has won countless awards and praise from all around the world. It is a shame that all good things must come to an end and as of right now, The Witcher series is over. There may not be a new game in the series but of course, we should never say never.