In a move that many hardcore Witcher universe fans have been waiting a long time for, CD Projekt Red have announced that they are working on an official Witcher Tabletop Role Playing game, slated for a mid-2016 release. Their announcement makes it unclear whether or not this game will be totally new, or an updated and improved version of the original Witcher tabletop RPG, which was released in Poland in 2001, and was met with popularity there. Here’s the description the official announcement provides:
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.
The original 2001 tabletop game, full title The Witcher: Game of Imagination, was released in response to success The Witcher franchise found the late 90s in Poland. As the title suggests, this RPG had a strong focus on story-telling and is very rules light. Fans responded well to the game as it was so user friendly, and was faithful to its source material. Unfortunately, it was never officially released in English, although a team of extremely dedicated fans have been attempting to translate it.
Ever since that beautiful Cyberpunk 2077 trailer was released, some Witcher fans have been hopeful that something like this may occur – as Cyberpunk 2077 is based on a tabletop roleplaying universe ‘Cyberpunk 2020’, and indeed R. Talsorian Games, the creators of Cyberpunk 2020, will be designing the new Witcher roleplaying game.