Witcher Developer Wants It to Rival Star Wars and Lord of the Rings

The series might expand beyond the video game world

By Andrei Dumitrescu on November 9th, 2012 08:50 GMT

Adam Badowski, a managing director at CD Projekt RED, believes that The Witcher series of video games could, in the near future, spawn other types of media, including individual books and television shows.

The executive told Eurogamer that, “It’s true that the game was based on the popularity of the Witcher novels, so there’s no sense in wondering what came first, the chicken or the egg. In this case, the books and the author are both of those things.”

He was reacting to statements from Andrzej Sapkowski, the writer who created the character of Geralt and the game world, who questioned whether a video game could have relevance outside of its core market.

Badowski added, “We want to develop The Witcher’s universe in other media, not only video games. We have Mr. Sapkowsk’s blessing and what we create is in line with his vision of the world, no matter how the saga will evolve.”

The CD Projekt RED representative then went one step further, saying that The Witcher series might one day have the same pop culture importance as Star Wars or The Lord of the Rings, with a fan base similar in size.

At the moment, the team is not officially working on any new game linked to The Witcher, but after the launch of the REDkit set of modding tools, the community is expected to create a lot of new content, that CD Projekt RED will then curate.

The development studio is, at the moment, working on Cyberpunk 2077, a game that’s set in the near future and is based on a pen and paper system.

The developers say that they will offer the same focus on choice and on consequences that has powered the success of The Witcher.

There’s also an unannounced dark fantasy project in the works at a separate team.
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