Considering a large portion of The Witcher 3's audience is ignoring the main game and playing Gwent all day, some sort of tabletop Witcher experience was almost inevitable.
Now CD Projekt Red is working to create a board game that works for pen and paper RPG enthusiasts. Of course they are. Why did it take them so long?
In their words:
The Witcher Role-Playing Game will allow tabletop RPG fans to re-create an array of characters known from the Witcher universe and live out entirely new adventures set within the world of Geralt of Rivia. Powered by Fuzion, the same ruleset that made Cyberpunk 2020 gain worldwide player acclaim, The Witcher Role-Playing Game will feature a myriad of spells, rituals, and curses; favorite gear and items from the entire Witcher series including a bestiary of devilish monsters players can face during their adventures. The system will provide all the necessary tools to create and play out your own adventures and become everything from a battle-hardened monster slayer to a merchant kingpin controlling a vast network of contacts.
Worthy of note: CD Projekt Red is currently working on a Cyberpunk video game and The Witcher boardgame is going to be based on the ruleset used in Cyberpunk 2020. That's quite the interesting back and forth, and it makes me wonder just what that Cyberpunk game is going to look at play like? Interesting.
Either way, I don't think this is like Metal Gear Solid Risk, or Zelda Monopoly. Given CD Projekt Red's background and how protective they tend to be over their property, I suspect this will be a solid, worthwhile interpretation. Keen to see how it all works out.
The Witcher Role-Playing Game is set for a 2016 release. So far CD Project Red are keeping quiet on pricing and other details.
Either way, this thing is gonna print money.