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We now know how much CD Projekt RED paid Andrzej Sapkowski for the rights to make a Witcher game – it was PLN 35,000, which now stands for about $9,400. That was not so much more than the ridiculously low sum that Metropolis had paid a couple of years earlier, the only difference being that the latter failed to complete their project. Of course, that was still quite much back then for a small Poland-based studio that was just making their first steps in gamedev, but considering the dividends they are reaping now, that was peanuts.
Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher Saga author, is having a hard time when it comes to recognizing the value of the gaming community, and the developers as people whose work contributes to his novels’ success. Rather than that he prefers to attribute all the marbles to himself, portraying both the gamers and the developers as ungrateful groups feeding off his genius and trying to drag his heritage away from him.
The Kraków-based branch of CD Projekt Red, established in 2013 and best known for The Witcher series, will significantly expand. This news has been revealed by John Mamais, creative director, in a Q&A session put through by the studio itself. As claimed by Mamais, to truly make use of the potential of a project as ambitious as Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red will soon increase the number of employees to 500, and the Kraków-based branch, now consisting of about 30 developers, will expand to 100.
CD Projekt RED revealed some interesting sale numbers for The Witcher franchise. The three core installments of the series managed to move 20 million copies worldwide. Unfortunately, the studio refused to tell how does the number split across individual titles and how many copies of The Witcher 3 were bought last year. On the other hand, The Witcher 3 managed to break a popularity record—51 thousand articles about the game appeared in online media.
On the occassion of The Witcher 3 receiving multiple awards at The Game Awards, Adam Kicinski, the Joint CEO of CD Projekt, was interviewed by the Polish TV - TVN24 BiS. Kicinski implied that we are going to get another game in the Witcher franchise, but for the moment the priority is Cyberpunk 2077 that is supposed to "succeed even more".