Dark Horse Comics is to publish a series based on CD Projekt's The Witcher property, it has been revealed.
The series will be written by Eisner Award winner Paul Tobin, with art from Joe Querio, known for his work on B.P.R.D.. The cover art will be created by Dave Johnson, of 100 Bullets fame. The series will focus on a new adventure featuring Geralt of Rivia:
Travelling near the edge of the Black Forest, in the land of the Angren, monster hunter Geralt meets a widowed man whose dead and murderous wife resides in an eerie mansion known as the House of Glass. With its endless rooms and horror around every corner, Geralt will have to use all his witcher prowess to solve the manor's mystery and survive.
"We're very happy to be working with Dark Horse Comics, which is one of the biggest and most interesting comic book publishing houses in the world," said CD Projekt RED studio head Adam Badowski.
"What makes it even more exciting is the fact that, for many of us, the Dark Horse logo has near legendary status, standing for classic characters such as Hellboy or Usagi Yojimbo. We're very happy to be once again expanding The Witcher universe."
Nick McWhorter, director of custom programs for Dark Horse Comics, added: "We're very excited to work with CD Projekt RED on The Witcher. With the rich world they have created, and an enthralling central character like Geralt, we feel The Witcher is ripe to tell a compelling story through comics."
The first issue of The Witcher will be available for purchase from March 19.
CD Projekt announced The Witcher 3 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One in February. Built using the studio's new RedEngine 3 technology and set for release in 2014, the game will boast an open world 30 times larger than that featured in its predecessor.
Game director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz said last month that CD Projekt has no plans to release paid DLC for The Witcher 3. "We don't believe in that. We believe patches, fixes and additional content should be provided to gamers free of charge."