Dmitry Glukhovsky the author of Metro 2033 has called out The Witcher creator Andrzej Sapkowski continues conflicted relationship with CD Projekt RED’s game adaptions of his book series, calling Sapkowski an “Arrogant Motherf***er”
A while back Sapkowski has stated that he isn’t against the game series and that he was admittedly stupid to sell all the rights to CDPR, which then made excellent games – however, the author continues to voice his frustrations stating that the game series has stolen his market and that he made the game series popular.
Speaking Waypoint, the Metro 2033 author bluntly gave his thoughts on the issue:
“I think that he’s totally wrong, and that he’s an arrogant motherfucker.
Without the gaming franchise, the Witcher series would never get this crazy international readership that it has. And it’s not just about the gamers but the gaming press and the buzz it creates, and just the feeling of something great and massive and impressive coming out. This got people hooked. He would remain a local Eastern European phenomenon without this, but he would never break into the West. And the same goes for my Metro books.
It happened so that the game developers were among the first readers. The creative lead of 4A Games, Andrei Proharov, was sent a link to the website by some of his friends, and he read it overnight and thought it was a perfect story for their next game.
I decided to use this opportunity to tell my own kind of story, and I was not at all judging video games as a danger to my precious property. Quite the contrary, I thought that it’s a great opportunity to promote the entire IP. And that was exactly the way it worked.
They did a great job. I think Metro 2033 is the world’s first lyrical, sentimental and philosophical 3D shooter.”
There is one variable at play which might explain Sapkowskis sentiment on the issue, Sapkowski is 68 while Glukhovsky is 37, which means he likely grew up with games around him and thus understands the popularity of the market and it’s subsequent strength.