The Witcher series sales hit 4 million

CD Projekt Red's role-playing game franchise goes quadruple platinum across Xbox 360, PC, and Mac, which devs say is still fewer than number pirated.

Combined sales of the original Witcher role-playing game and its sequel Assassins of Kings across the Xbox 360, PC, and Mac have reached 4 million units, Warsaw, Poland-based developer CD Projekt Red announced today.

Geralt is putting a new sales milestone in his sights.

The original Witcher launched in 2007 and is currently available for the PC and Mac. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was released for the PC in May 2011 and was made available for the Xbox 360 in April 2012. It is headed to the Mac in the future. The Witcher games are focused on Geralt of Rivia, a demon hunter from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy novels.

With sales of 4 million copies, the Witcher series has now edged closer to drawing level with the numbers of pirated copies of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. That game has been illegally downloaded 4.5 million times, according to CD Projekt Red, and the company has stopped pursuing pirates.

Moving forward, CD Projekt Red is expanding outside of the Witcher franchise. In May, the company announced a collaboration with Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith for a new series set in his pen-and-paper RPG's futuristic universe. CD Projekt Red is also hiring for a role-playing game set in a universe the studio has already worked in, which may be a third Witcher title.

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moisan4
moisan4

I will never pre-order any game, ever. The exception was The Witcher 2 and Skyrim. Why, because I’ve been a gamer for almost 30 years, and I’ve been there and done that.  As an adult with a career and a life your free time becomes very valuable, as does your money. I only play what I consider to be great games. Gone are the days of demo’s; and reading and watching reviews, and watching game play videos only goes so far. I’ll admit I download 20-30 games a year that I am really excited to play, and only end up installing about half that amount because I’ve gained new information that makes even installing the game a waste of my time. Out of those 10-15 I actually install, 70-80%% of them I only play for 30 minutes to 3 hours before I delete. For those I want to play for more than that brief trial period I’ll buy. Guess what, I only end up playing about 2-5 games a year.

 

Right now I am following over 50 games on Gamespot that will be released in the next two years. Out of those, 25 will be worth downloading. A dozen will be worth installing, and at most 5 will be worth playing. I would never buy a vehicle I haven’t test drove, and I would never buy a game I haven’t demoed. I won’t waste my money on bad to good games, and I also won’t waste my time on them. But when I do find a great game worth my free time, I am more than happy to pay for it. Since my free time is just as valuable as my money.

 

UndertheArchway
UndertheArchway

In my humble opinion piracy can never be justified, if you can’t afford something you do not have some divine right to have it, sadly it is nothing more than another example of the culture that has been created by the credit revolution. Cannot afford something? Do not worry you can simply borrow money to have it, live beyond your means and blame everyone else when the crows come home to roost.

 

We’d be daft to try and pretend any measures are going to stop piracy though as people will endlessly justify it to themselves.

poovannaorcbane
poovannaorcbane

everyone who reads books and played the witcher games should read the witcher saga novels- they are brilliant!! and nice to hear CDPR sold this many copies though many more should buy and do justice to the the time and money spent by CDPR on this epic rpg!!

fullxtent
fullxtent

good game, i bought it myself. 

The 4.5 million is speculative though and doesn't shine light onto actual money lost since the number of pirated copies overlaps with the number of legit retail copies

monson21502
monson21502

well 4million times 50 is better then nothing....

Scarab83
Scarab83

I just fucking bought this game! A few days ago! And now the motherfuckers put it on sale? FFFFFFUUUUUUUUU!!!

eternal_blade3
eternal_blade3

Getting a new video card at the end of July, all the better to play this awesome franchise with..

famekiller
famekiller

All this talk about piracy. Do any of you own a small business? Would you mind if me and my mates came around and helped ourselves to some of your stock?   NO?   I though so!  It's different when the shoes on the other foot hey!  Justify thieving as much as you want. At the end of the day, you are a thief.

SciFiRPGfan
SciFiRPGfan

Awesome! I mean everything!... Yeah, everything about this article is pretty awesome:

 

the CD Projekt,  the Witchers, the fact that they are getting better and better financially,... even this comment section is pretty awesome. So many people giving credit to an amazing series and studio and even more people agreeing with them and liking their comments...

 

This article has really put a smile on my face, which is not such a commonplace. Good job everyone - the Reds, the people who have bought their games, Gamespot / Eddie Makuch, who is promoting Witcher / CDPR and last but not least, the Witcher fans...

kuda001
kuda001

I'd like to think good games sell well and The Witcher 2 is a good game.

saoe
saoe

Steam sale 60% off today

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Developers need to stop worrying about piracy. They're not going to beat it. It's impossible. Stop talking about piracy and maybe less people will resort to it too. The more DRM you cram into there the worse the final product ends up. The fact is, if people truly love a game they WILL buy it. If they don't buy it, that means they think you don't deserve the money or they don't have any to offer in the first place.

 

Games aren't treated seriously by gamers, to the company it's a major economic risk but to us it's just five minutes of fun, don't expect everyone paying $60+ even though games should probably be MUCH more expensive in retail. We just don't share the same mindset.

MrBonus
MrBonus

I would buy it, but my PC is a junk and no PS3 version on the horizon so if the want even bigger revenue just spread the game to other consoles.

tisabeling
tisabeling

stealing an EA gane or COD game is one thing.stealig that piece off pure art is another thing.how many companies respect their costumers as much as CD project red? respect is two way road.this ppls really deserve the last penny you give them for their game.heck they deserve more in my opinion.please dont pirate such a game.buying games like witcher 2 is protecting the kind of game developers we love

croserII
croserII

this is no justifying,but I live in country where i can't afford high price game,and my country has limited retail game store,and I want to play , what could i do , I play pirate game all my life and i can't find one decent nearby retail store(300 mile way and double the prices,pls you don't get what you seek),steam is prohibited because of restriction,no credit card available and most game digital store doesn't support my country

 live in syria,thank you my god there is way to play game but I want to pay and have legal copy

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Their obsession with pirating is getting annoying. 

 

Where are the numbers for how many times the game has been sold used? They don't see any money when people buy the game used either. Except when someone buys it used they just proved they will spend money on it. Not everyone pirating the game would have spend money on it or cared about the game that much if there was no way to pirate it.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

4.5 Million downloads is speculative. There's no telling whether it was more or less - or if the downloader actually kept the game at all. They probably just wanted to see if they could run it or not. That, or they wanted to try the product before dropping money on it. Assuming that people downloaded and kept the game 4.5 million times is a bit cynical.

Renato1984
Renato1984

Fact 1: This series has been hugely profitable for CD Projekt.

 

Fact 2: EA claims Dead Space 3 has to appeal to a broader audience so it can sell the 5 million units it needs to survive.

 

Fact 3: Witcher 2 screams production value, great tech and beautiful sounds and graphics over any Dead Space, Crysis, Mass Effect or CoD game.

 

Fact 4: EA and Activision are nasty viruses that infected this industry.

Rocker6
Rocker6

For a smaller studio with games that lacks any serious advertising,these are great sale figures,they should be proud of themselves :)

 

I don't like that "4.5 million pirated copies" statement,though,that is based purely on speculation,with no way of providing factual evidence.Beasue of that,I'm dismissing it.Sure,the game was pirated,like any game,but we cannot know the exact numbers,and shooting wild numbers isn't exactly smart...

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

Last Spring Dragon Age 2 came out and I was nearly in tears for how bad it was and that we'd never really have a heir to the Baldur's Gate legacy now that its creator was making garbage. I was thinking of stopping gaming altogether. This game came out shortly after that. It renewed my faith in great development and a great game. I replayed it the second time around recently and it plays like a new game with all the FREE additions that CDProject put in and the choices you make actually play differently. Piracy discussions aside. It's just a phenomenal piece of work. I just wish the squad based/non-"action RPG" would make a comeback.

Notelessinferno
Notelessinferno

To buy a game instead of downloading it is entierly up to every single individual for their own spesific reason. i don't feel good or bad if someone does either because I guess theres more to it like for instance the fact that not everyone is rich or have money at the time. When people like me and my friends buy games it's because we either want the games on a console or support the developers. thats whats significant with buying games, you support the specific industry by doing it, and even though I don't like piracy im not going to be butthurt over the fact that people do it. false advertisment, having to high expectations for a game because you want to get your moneys worth are some reasons to why people pirate because (like me) feel cheated on by the people behind the game or the company that drives it (EA, Capcom). If you pirate a game and love it, you might buy it and that is perhaps the best kind of purchase one can do because not only do you know what your actually buying but your doing it because you feel that  these developers deserve your money or something like that. 

amvivin
amvivin

Happy Cdprojekt is doing well.they very well deserved it.now lets see the first witcher back on production to the xbox

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

In glad CD Projekt Red sold at lot. I feel disgusted that many people pirated the game. Especially considering how good they are to the gaming community. They support DRM free games, offer great discounts, and make it easy to buy and play. This is exactly who you don't pirate from you bastards. Go do that to Capcom,EA, and Activison.

fajin36
fajin36

In my experience, game piracy (and piracy in general) is not so much a question of ecoinomics, as it is of personal ethics. I know at least two people who make very decent money, yet they pirate everything they can get their hands on.

 

ice-milk
ice-milk

I sense a overdose of self righteousness. I better get back on my ship.

Cruisemissile
Cruisemissile

The only time I pirated a game is when I had purchased it forehand from a retail store and came home to find it didn't have a code inside I waited a week to get paid so I can go back for the code but they said they couldn't do anything about it :/ and then I asked the customer support for the game for a code but nope so in the end I had to pirate to be able to play the game in the end, so I had a just reason to pirate, but people who pirate the whole game just to see what it's like is still thievery and who is to say even if they liked the game they will go out of their way to purchase the game after they got their fill? 

pozium
pozium

Game piration is an essential part of the game industry. From where i am. you really can't get these games to buy - even online. So pirated games come in handy. If they want to stop piracy in my opinion, game sites such as gamestop and so on should accept visacards from where ever country in the world, which would gear people in my opinion to buy them.

wowcabbage
wowcabbage

Some people fail to understand that some just don't have the money to spare, like myself. I have a kid to feed. Does that mean I should be denied culture? Am I not allowed to enjoy music at my leisure because i'm poor?

 

Others do it because they are sick of being treated like mugs by publishers *cough EA

When a person downloads a torrent, magnet link, it is a string of numbers nothing more nothing less.People that make ignorant comments like "it's just as if you were stealing from the shelves" are obviously those that have the money to buy what they want. But say they didn't and there was something they really wanted & could get by no other means than piracy, How long would they stick to there "morals"

 

You wouldn't download a car?

Fuck you I would if I could.

 

mariuslil50
mariuslil50

THE BEST GAME EVER 4 MEEEEEEEEEEEEE THIS AND THE FIRST :X:X:X

marvel456
marvel456

A ps3 version would increase sales even more ;)

zzanzabar
zzanzabar

I happen to be lucky enough to own all three of the consoles, and a computer equal to the task of playing Witcher2 if I so chose to play it on the PC.  I haven't gotten the game yet because I have been sticking to my 'gaming budget', but I do intend to get it when the time comes.  I will NOT pirate it for two reasons:  First, I respect the devs decision NOT to go the DRM route (I also don't own Diablo3 and will NEVER buy it even though I really wanted the game).  Secondly, I try very hard NOT to be a thief.

 

The major drawback to developing for the PC gamer is, of course, the piracy issue. Devs argue that they lose MILLIONS to piracy but has someone already pointed out in another post, most pirates wouldn't buy the game anyway.  Pirates argue that games just cost TOO much and if they were more reasonably priced there would be no need to pirate. Which, of course, is just a justification for their thievery. If it costs too much then just don't BUY it until the price comes down (it ALWAYS does buy the way).

tightwad34
tightwad34

As a huge RPG fan it really pains me knowing this is not on the PS3. There is no way I am buying a 360 just for it. It also hurts knowing these are really good games. 

jamyskis
jamyskis

I know the idea that millions of copies have been pirated must be hard on the devs, but I'm sure that they understand that had they jumped on the DRM bandwagon, they probably wouldn't have got anything near those kinds of sales figures.4 million copies is a very respectable sales figure when you consider the size of the studio. The Witcher 2 benefited from the anti-DRM sentiment and the publisher's professed respect for its customers.

 

They might have lost the odd sale from piracy - very few of those pirates would have actually paid for the game if it were impossible to pirate it - but what they've lost in revenue, they've gained in respect from the PC gaming community. And when you have the same kind of respect from that community as Blizzard and Bioware had before they went downhill, you know you're onto a winner.

sunghyun26
sunghyun26

I was going to get this over Skyrim but they decided to take money from Microsoft and make it xbox exclusive on console, since I'm not looking to upgrade my shit PC, I just skipped it. I would pay full price for it if it is released on PS3.

badtaker
badtaker

Awesome sales

why CD Projekt Red making fuss about pirated downloads ?

saoe
saoe

Still very good sales if you think about it on PC alone 2 million copies sold? that pretty amazing! CDPR is not blizzard who is on the market for looooong time.

 

It would be nice to have Witcher 2 on PS3 but lets be honest, its a small studio they used everyone to port the game to 360. If they would have to repeat again they would lose man power to make Cyberpunk and Witcher 3 <both games will be coming to PS4 and 720 day one (lets cross fingers)

 

Please support developers like CDPR even if you cant afford full price, try gettinh a discounted copy from GOG or Steam when its 50% off or more!

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

I own both The Witcher games on PC, both of the games are awesome. Very different RPG experience from the the rest "better known" RPG franchises out there. Everyone with even a passing interest in RPG's should play this game(s)! I hope CD Project RED sells even more copies and I am looking forward to that steam-punk RPG that they are working on!

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

Still would like to see a ps3 version or at least the rest of the book series translated to english.

musalala
musalala

I"m a little sad I wanted this game to sell 10 million plus.

If you pirated this game you have no soul, CD project is a company us gamers need to support, they actually care about their customers

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

That 4.5 million number is a little old. I'd like to see the count before and after The Witcher 2 patched away its DRM, which it did have for a time. It speaks volumes that some people are prepared to break the law to spit in the face of DRM. I liken the sentiment to many cases in history where a segment of populace rose up against practices that they deem unacceptable even though many of those practices that we consider most egregious today were technically legal at the time.

 

Businesses, especially those dealing in software, have become way too self-entitled through the use of license agreements. Until our government finally admits many technologies are no longer optional or luxury goods but essential goods like food and becomes tech-savvy enough to pass comprehensive legislations to regulate this area of business-consumer relationship, consumers need to take matters into their own hands to protect their interests.

 

However, I am not advocating breaking the law. That notion is anathema to me.

jaja1818
jaja1818

DRM is no answer to piracy..hell it doesnt even prevent it..so in the end the ones that get hurt is the consumer.CDP atleast recognizes that and say "consumer 1st" and i guess took ubisoft as an example...DRM is like Blizzard nerfing the hell out of a D3 as preventive measure for those who bot..but in the end just hurt also those people who play legit..now what do they have??---their most fastest dropping population ever in an acclaimed game...who are the ones left over?i wont keep you guessing,yes,it is the botters/farmers

Jitawa
Jitawa

These aren't necessarily different people.

 

I downloaded a copy to see if it would run on my computer.  It did not.  So I bought a copy for 360.  That's one sale and one pirated copy.  However, it's probably not how they think of the numbers.

toddx77
toddx77

They deserve every penny for making such a great game.  Also I love how they never let pirates get to them.  That is why they are amazing.

Vambran
Vambran

If CD Projekt Red's games keep being pirated in record numbers, it's only a matter of time before they either go Free To Play or Console.

 

For the record i bought this game twice. Once on steam and again for my xbox360.

mastergundam
mastergundam

good game, good developer..deserved good sales

shoooshoo
shoooshoo

I hate pirating so much, it is downright theft, and if you are doing it, you are a thief.