Witcher series sales climb to six million

On sixth anniversary of franchise, CD Projekt Red announces new sales milestone for RPG series.

More than six million Witcher games have been sold to date, CD Projekt Red announced today on the franchise's sixth birthday, up from 5 million in February. The original Witcher was released on October 26, 2007.

The franchise expanded in May 2011 with The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released in 2014 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

CD Projekt Red also released an infographic to mark the occasion, revealing various statistics about how the series has evolved during its lifetime.

In addition to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt Red is working on next-generation role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077 and a "smaller" unannounced game at its new office in Krakow.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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PatioPwn
PatioPwn

Oh, thats great. :) Keep up the good work, CDPR!

isshiah
isshiah

A friend of mine is visiting Poland soon. If only she was a gamer, then I would ask her to spy on their offices.

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

Today's the game series birthday, by the way.

cirugo
cirugo

but just think of how many more sales they could have had if they hadn't been PIRATED!!! oh noes!!!!

foojam
foojam

Sorry for being out of topic but gamespot removed all pc demos? The new layout is terrible but all demos gone is a pathetic move from this site.

Halloll
Halloll

I have to say even though I hated the Witcher games I loved CDprojeckt, their online market place is the best.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Yay! Good for you ProjektRed. One of the few developers who can actually still makes games that aren't generic borefests!

nirmalbalaji
nirmalbalaji

Impressive info graphics including some Witcher 3 details. I just loved Witcher 2 and highly anticipating for Witcher 3.

Hurvl
Hurvl

That's great news! They deserve it and more. Witcher 3 will probably add a few millions to that number. I think I needed 100-80 hours on each of my three playthroughs of the Witcher 1, but I like to do everything.
 

Kats_RK
Kats_RK

It's going to be awesome!

R083R70
R083R70

I'm really excited to see what original IP they can create in the future.


xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

I made the shameless mistake of buying the games years after their respective releases. I will never do that again. I have the feeling that The Witcher 3 is more than worthy a day one purchase or even a pre-order. I'm still waiting to see if there will be some sort of collector's edition. I tip my hat!

yeah_28
yeah_28

They deserve it, by far the best game developers today.

benelori
benelori

Haha...varnish problems...oh dear...:D...better fix that soon, or the entire site will die :D...although it is slower than usual so:p


Anyways...CD Projekt FTW! I loved the Geralt jumping graphic...that will be my reaction when I get my hands on W3 and CyberPunk
AWWW YISSSS!! \o/ 

EvilSelf
EvilSelf

Totally deserved. If anyone from CDRed is reading this i want you know that i will pay  $ 500 or more for the next Witcher game...You guys rock!

PSYCO-CRY-
PSYCO-CRY-

It only shows the number of copies sold...if it were number of players who had played the game it would be definitely over 15 million.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

They deserve every penny, I bought TW2 twice, the boxed collector's edition and the Steam version (Because the aforementioned boxed version didn't come with a Steam key).


AlexFili
AlexFili

Gotta love the CD Projekt team!

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

Oh yeah, baby! Devs did a great job at making this adaptation! Success of CDPR is always a good thing.
And with the popularity of this game, I bet pan Sapkovski's new book will sell even better!

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

As a console user, I wish CD Projekt Red could release the trilogy remastered on both XBONE or PS4.

Penguinlord1
Penguinlord1

Absolutely loved the series so far. Although I did love The Witcher 2, the original Witcher is still my favorite by far though. It just has that certain place in my heart for me and always will.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

That's nice, can TW3 actually be a game and not an offline MMO?

alonfire
alonfire

I've been playing witcher since the first was released and even with the shalow graphics, the first witcher is gorgeous i still remember the main quest on act 2 where you have to investigate, throughout the town, a list of suspects and if you got it wrong there would be some casualties.

TW2 is just magnificent the graphics are great the combat was immensely improved and the leveling system is balanced. I still remeber that in TW if you maximize the Igni sign you would just burn all the foes killing them without as much as a sword strike. 

As for TW3 what I'm going to do the first chance i get will be jumping as high as i can!!

javalino
javalino

i hate pirates so much .  Devs  giving their heart  to a game,  and people trowing this love on the trash.     6 million is too litle for one of the best RPG on PC ( only after Dragon age origins on my opinion). 

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Damn 50 hours of story arc and another 50 for side quests.Interesting.

MonocleOwl
MonocleOwl

@cirugo 

Pirated? if they had released the first one on consoles and the second one on PS3 then the sales would be bigger. 

What they did with TW2 was amazing, DLC, constant updates AND additions to the game, all free. Way to go RED, you're OK in my book.

iMpLuX
iMpLuX

@foojam Yea GS removed all downloads even the ability to download videos. And I don't like how they just copied the layout from Giantbomb.

On topic, I remember the day EE arrived from Amazon Christmas '08. I didn't like the combat as it felt like I just mash the left mouse button like AA/AC but the visuals and story were great and loved seeing digital oppai's so soon in the story.

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

@xsonicchaos I'll be waiting for the physical copy in a store, hoping it to be as impressive as W2 was.

Hicks233
Hicks233

@xsonicchaos It'll be fun to see as what would have been a collectors edition of The Witcher 2 was it's bog standard physical release. If they do make a posh collectors edition of The Witcher 3 it should be something special.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@RC-Sev I'm waiting for the Witcher books to come out as English paperback novels. I've bought and loved the first two. There's a mention about there being a translation on a witcher forum free to read, but I prefer my reading to be non-digital.

-RPGamer-
-RPGamer-

@Grimkillah Not the trilogy, but it would be nice to get high setting versions of the first two released on PS4/X1

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@javalino Really? The Witcher is a bad game, for starters. The Witcher 2 is good, but TW is crap. Regardless, you have no data to base any claims of piracy on. People aren't stealing this game because neither one is worth money. I paid 6 dollars for both of mine off Steam and even I can't be pissed to play it.. People simply don't pirate as much as you want to pretend they do to justify the poor performance or a bad game. It just doens't happen. There is no evidence.


People who pirate games, and I pirate plenty then BUY THEM within a week or two, are not "stealing" from the company. We're figuring out if a game is worth a shit. As a consumer you shouldn't have to risk $60 or however more expensive a game may be in other countries to find out of it's utter shit or not. The resurgence of consoles the past generation has led to a nearly complete lack of demos for PC gamers because these games are intended for consoles and PC players just get left behind - how else do you propose people figure out whether or not to purchase a game? Rent a PC game? Because that's totally possible.

godfather830
godfather830

@javalino Totally agree, even on DA:O being best PC game ever made. I'll say this, though: I used to pirate games when I was a kid. My parents weren't exactly poor, but they weren't willing to spend much on video games, so pirating was my only way to play most games.

Now that I'm a grownup, I never pirate any games. Just saying:  not all pirates would have been able to afford the game if they couldn't pirate it.

chronocommander
chronocommander

@Hicks233 @xsonicchaos The Witcher 2 had an enormous amount of extras in its boxed release afaik (the digital release has most of them too), which edition are you referring to?

javalino
javalino

@Grenadeh Dont you see the news ?? http://news.softpedia.com/news/The-Witcher-2-Was-Pirated-More-than-4-5-Million-Times-237403.shtml .  So , furthermore , i will steal a microwave  from a store, hope they dont see me. If i like the product i will return to the store and buy it.   I think you your country must be a consumer law , or something.  If you dont like a product that you didnt physically bought. you are indeed able to refund it.   Any product you can buy, you may dislike it.  Its your opnion, and is not a reason to steal.  I propose people buying on physically distributed sites  that allow refund.  Here is Brasil is totally legal , until 7 days after you bought any intenet physical goods, you may return it.

javalino
javalino

@godfather830 There is a lot of options for people who dont have money. Tere's is rent, or waiting for a promo, or better yet , waiting for used games on promo. Day 0 game  is for people with money.  I dont see movies in cinema because i think the price is too much on my country ( around 10$ per session). and i wait for them to be available on  a subscription service that a share with my family (after one year they are released on cinema).  Ethic must be a principle above all.

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

@Grenadeh Hey, physical copies bring emotions of actually having the thing! I'm a bit away from this digital thing. There's nothing better than holding a disc in your hands.
But about other things you are pretty much correct.

godfather830
godfather830

@Grenadeh I know a lot of prople who pirate games and never pay a penny.Just because some of them might end up buying a game or two doesn't make piracy acceptable.

-RPGamer-
-RPGamer-

@Grenadeh @javalino There are plenty of games that you can play to completion and get the full experience without patches, or "OMG achievements" (which you listed twice). I always find the semantics behind piracy and theft laughable. Bottom line is the person/group supplying a product lose out on profit. There is no guarantee that the noble pirates of the world will turn around and purchase an actual copy, there is also no real data on this group of pirates.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@javalino @Grenadeh You can return things but it's  not worth the time and hassle to spend 63 dollars, find out a game sucks, then go back to the store and return it - or worse, deal with shipping it back and RMAs for internet purchases. That's not even mentioning the inarguable fact that 99% of physical game purchases for PC REQUIRE Steam and there's little purpose in owning the physical disk anymore. And, it's not stealing. Stealing involves physically removing an item and then depriving the owner of that item. "Pirating" (Stealing) is not theft. It's copying. You're arguing in support of intangible concepts just because you don't agree with it - whether the "pirate" buys it or not. 

There is no fault in downloading a game and deciding it's not worth money. You don't get the full experience - you can't get achievements, can't get DLC (easily), can't get achievements, more often than not you can't get patches and you get a buggy game with no enjoyment. That far outweighs the non-existent loss of profit for the developer.

I have friends who only pirate and I don't agree with it at all, but that doesn't automatically mean they aren't going to go purchase it later. I've pirated games and then bought multiple copies, for example.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Grenadeh @javalino @godfather830 No, but you can read about them and do some research. That isn't very hard, but it takes a bit of time and involves critical thinking and knowing what you want in a game. If you're still uncertain, wait for a price drop or sale.

javalino
javalino

@Grenadeh   i said about  option on games in General ! some applied to some.