The Witcher was a PC-only single player CRPG released in 2007 by a development studio largely unknown outside eastern Europe, based off a fantasy setting almost unheard of in the English-speaking world. It proceeded to sell over a million copies in its first year of release, with its sequel reaching that number in under six months.
This game's success was such a surprise that the studio more or less apologized for their shoestring-budget hack job of a localization by using some of their windfall to produce a much more polished Enhanced Edition, which further boosted the game's popularity.
The Witcher is based off of the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski.
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Andrzej Sapkowski, the author of the book, originally sold the right to The Witcher for less then $10,000 to CD Projekt Red to make the game.
Following the success of The Witcher and its sequels and spin-offs, the author of the original books, Sapkowski demanded and sued around $16 million in royalty payments from CD Projekt Red in 2019. The studio responded to the lawsuit as meritless despite still wanting to be in good terms with Sapkowski. The case was later settled out of court with Sapkowski being payed an unenclosed sum for loyalty payments from the video game series success.
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