Contrary to popular belief, CD Projekt RED's The Witcher series of games aren't completely original. The truth is, they are loosely based on a novel bearing the same name. But, neither the novel nor the three games so far are based in Japan. However, the prospect of seeing Geralt of Rivia in Japan is very intriguing, to say the least. His sword skills would fit in well in medieval Japan.
CDPR knows this. This is why it's trying to create a high-budget fan faction with The Witcher: Ronin.
The only problem? CDPR is asking fans for money to help fund the project.
Why is CDPR not self-funding The Witcher: Ronin?
The Witcher: Ronin is an amazing concept. The 100-page hardcore version that's exclusive to Kickstarter backers is a steal at just $40. However, we can't help but feel concerned that CDPR is shooting itself in the foot again. Setting up a Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 for the project just doesn't feel right. After all, it's not like the company doesn't have the funds to do it themselves.
CD Projekt Red is far from an indie company. The game developer and publisher is the largest in Poland and is estimated to be worth at least $7 billion. Sure, the company's bottom line might have suffered because of Cyberpunk 2077. Still, this doesn't change the fact that the company still has amassed a fortune over the years. Not to mention, Cyberpunk 2077 is slowly on its road to recovery. People are starting to buy the game again after Sony and Microsoft relisted it on the PlayStation Store and Microsoft Store, respectively.
Perhaps CDPR believes that people will forgive their mistakes with Cyberpunk 2077 and focus on what they originally achieved with The Witcher 3? This could be correct, as at the moment, CDPR's Kickstarter campaign for The Witcher: Ronin has raised nearly $500,000. Only time will tell if the final product will meet the fan's expectations.