Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher books’ writer, demands more money from the Polish developers.
A typical example of being greedy: the Polish writer’s demands is far more than the original agreement, which was reported by DualShockers over a year ago, saying he asked for 9500 dollars in zloty, before the game was released. Now, he demands no less than 16 million dollars, claiming that the deal was about the first The Witcher game and not the two sequels. (Or the upcoming Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, which launches on the 23rd on PC.)
The Polish writer expressed his regret a year ago that he refused CDPR’s offer of a percentage cut. The developers responded: „the demands expressed in the notice are groundless with regard to their merit as well as the stipulated amount. The Company had legitimately and legally acquired copyright to Mr. Andrzej Sapkowski’s work, i.a. insofar as is required for its use in games developed by the Company. All liabilities payable by the Company in association therewith have been properly discharged.” They, however, are open to an „amicable resolution” to solve the problem.
So, Sapkowski has screwed up, but CD Projekt RED might toss another bag of money to him, just to make him shut up. (Even though they aren’t legally obligated to do so!)