The Witcher 3 Director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz has resigned from CD Projekt Red following accusations of workplace bullying, pledging to "continue working on [himself]" and improve his behavior in the future.
If you haven't yet played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, you've missed out on one of the finest role-playing games of the modern era. As with the previous games, you take control of the legendary Witcher Geralt of Rivia in his quest to fight terrible monsters in a fictional fantasy world based on Polish mythology.
Konrad Tomaszkiewicz served as the game's Director, but it appears that he might have been a little rough around the edges — as Bloomberg reports (via ResetEra), he had been accused of "mobbing" — a Polish term for bullying — by a number of employees. An investigation took place at CD Projekt Red that ultimately found him not guilty of the accusations, but Tomaszkiewicz ultimately decided to resign from the company anyway.
"Nonetheless, a lot of people are feeling fear, stress or discomfort when working with me," wrote in a message to CD Projekt Red employees shared by Bloomberg.
"I am going to continue working on myself," Tomaszkiewicz's message continued. "Changing behavior is a long and arduous process, but I’m not giving up, and I hope to change."
Konrad Tomaszkiewicz most recently served as the Vice President of Game Development, Secondary Game Director, and Head of Production at CD Projekt Red according to his LinkedIn page (which now indicates that he has departed the company). That leaves us with one question — who's going to direct The Witcher 4?
Who Will Be The Witcher 4 Director?
At the moment, there is one good candidate for The Witcher 4 Director: Mateusz Kanik, the Secondary Game Director for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt who is currently working as a Principal Designer at CD Projekt Red.
In the case of this particular resignation, the next natural place to look would be the Secondary Director (Kanik) or the game's Creative Director. Unfortunately, The Witcher 3's Creative Director was Sebastian Stępień; as his LinkedIn page shows, he departed CD Projekt Red more than two years ago to take on a new job as a Creative Director at Blizzard Entertainment.
There is, of course, always the possibility that CD Project Red will tap someone else to fill the role of The Witcher 4 Director or hire outside talent. For now, the one thing we do know is that The Witcher 3 Director probably won't be taking on that job Konrad Tomaszkiewicz.
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