The Witcher series is one of the most popular franchises in the game industry which reached new heights after the launch of The Witcher 3. The Witcher series is based on novels by author Andrzej Sapkowski, and according to the author, the games have cost him his book sales instead of boosting them.
Speaking with Waypoint, Sapkowski said that he has nothing against the game industry and the benefits that CD Projekt Red is receiving from the game are well deserved, but the “whole animosity started when the game began to spoil my market”.
He added that CDPR has spread false belief that the games have made the books popular outside of Poland, but it is the other way around.
The belief, widely spread by CDPR, that the games made me popular outside of Poland is completely false. I made the games popular. All of my translations in the West—including the English one—were published before the first game.
However, according to Metro series’ author, Dmitry Glukhovsky, Sapkowski is absolutely wrong and “he’s an arrogant mother******”. He added that “without the gaming franchise, the Witcher series would never get this crazy international readership that it has”.
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is the most successful game in the Witcher franchise and CD Projekt Red thinks that the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 will be more successful than Witcher 3.
Speaking of Cyberpunk 2077, a rumor has made its way on the internet that the pre-production done for Cyberpunk 2077 trashed as a new game director has been appointed.
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