I’ll be the first to admit that I really don’t know all that much about the world of The Witcher. Yes, I played through the first game on the PC and even did a full-on Let’s Play series on it, but other than what I know from the game and have read from different wikis, I’m not super-knowledgeable. Yet, that said, I did understand that the games were set sometime after the last of the books that were published at the time. To me, this meant that the games were meant to carry on the story and perhaps serve as sequels and, with that understanding, I could rest easy. After all, this meant that they were considered canon and we didn’t have to deal with all this “multiple timeline” junk anymore.
Sadly, that peace of mind was relatively short lived.
My good friend Alexander (@TheTwelve on Twitter) pointed out an article on Eurogamer that has an interview with the writer of the books, Adam Badowski, who says that the games are impressive (though he does not play video games himself), states that the games and the books are not related. According to Badowski, “The game – with all due respect to it, but let’s finally say it openly – is not an ‘alternative version’, nor a sequel. The game is a free adaptation containing elements of my work; an adaptation created by different authors.”
A bit of a letdown? Yes, but then, I have to respect his opinion on the matter. Also, I’m not a diehard fan of the universe (though I do like it), so I won’t take it nearly as hard as some fans are bound to.
NOTE: I’ve tagged this under “Canon Questions” because even though this is news-related, it also directly answers the question as to the status of the games in The Witcher continuity.