Prior to the release of CD Projekt Red's action role-playing game The Witcher last year, few outside of Eastern Europe were probably familiar with Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski's brand of dark fantasy. Be that as it may, the fantasy universe has met a receptive audience in the PC gaming crowd. Publisher CD Projekt Red said today that The Witcher and its recently released Enhanced Edition have sold a combined 1 million copies worldwide.
"Scientific research has proven that those sales numbers are quite good for a debut game based on a relatively unfamiliar IP from an unknown studio on a 'dead' platform," CD Projekt Red said in a statement, presumably with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
The Witcher tells the story of Geralt, who belongs to a unique caste of humans that wield supernatural powers with which to slay monsters. In the game, players encounter a moralistic story layered with shades of gray, in which the do-gooders often have more than a few skeletons in their closets and the ne'er-do-wells invariably have lots of skeletons, everywhere. The Enhanced Edition works to improve the first, with CD Projekt Red promising faster loading times, new NPC models, and a revamped inventory system, among other tweaks.
Along with today's sales milestone announcement, CD Projekt Red also hinted at future developments for The Witcher universe, as well as a possible console installment. "There are a lot more places to explore in the world of The Witcher and there's obviously a huge audience out there that would still love to see the game on console...we're PC developers first and foremost, but you never know!"
For more on the game, check out GameSpot's review of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition.