Developers of The Witcher games “are looking forward to watching.”
While The Witcher will soon become a television series, the development team behind its successful video game adaptation won’t play a role in the show.
CD Projekt RED, developer of the successful Witcher game franchise has confirmed to IGN that the studio “is actually not involved in” The Witcher Netflix series announced earlier today.
“CD Projekt RED is actually not involved in this. We wish this project all the best and are looking forward to watching the series on Netflix,” a representative for the studio told IGN.
The studio’s comment lines up with the announcement of the series, which briefly mentions the game adaptations but makes no mention of direct involvement from the studio, while going on to explain that the series is based on “the globally popular fantasy saga from Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski,” who does not receive royalties from the game franchise. The Witcher games have of course been part of that global popularity, as evidenced by The Wticher 3: Wild Hunt selling six million copies in its first six weeks of release in 2015 and the overall Witcher series having sold more than 25 million copies.
The series will still have some ties to the games — Tomas Baginski, who has directed the intro videos for the three Witcher games, is set to direct at least one episode per season of the show.
No release date or casting has been announced yet, nor has any information been provided about just what stories the Witcher TV series will adapt from Sapowski’s books.
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Jonathon Dornbush is an Associate Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter @jmdornbush.