Witcher series sales hit 5 million

CD Projekt Red reveals new sales milestone for role-playing game series; first two games now on sale.

The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red announced today that the role-playing game series has now sold more than 5 million copies, up from 4 million last summer.

According to company CEO Adam Kicinski, the 2012 Xbox 360 debut of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was a major contributor to the increased sales.

Sales could have been even higher. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings has been illegally downloaded 4.5 million times, according to CD Projekt Red, and the company has stopped pursuing pirates.

To celebrate the new sales milestone, CD Projekt Red has dropped the price of The Witcher 2 on the Xbox 360 to $30. In addition, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut ($5) and The Witcher 2 ($10) are 50 percent off through GOG and Steam until February 8.

CD Projekt Red yesterday officially announced The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The third and final episode in Geralt of Rivia's story, the open-world game is 30 times larger than The Witcher 2 and is due out in 2014 for unspecified "high-end" platforms.

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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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Sardinar
Sardinar

CD Projekt is still in this PC developer stage where they practically shit gold. Blizzard before WoW and Valve before Steam was practically like that. Blizzard and Valve are certainly not bad even now, but nothing compared to the masterpiece of CD Projekt's passion.

toddx77
toddx77

Congrats CDPR you have earned it.  Can't wait for the witcher 3.

BuBsay
BuBsay

Ubisoft's response to people pirating their game endlessly? slapping on Uplay and doing nothing but hampering those who bought their game legitimately


CDProjekt's response to people pirating their game endlessly? Giving all people who bought it legitimately all DLC for free, and upgrading all players to the Enhanced Edition of the game (if they hadn't already) adding up to about 10 gigs of free DLC/Game enhancements, that's more than most games have in general.


Now that's the way to keep it classy and earn yourself a permanent first day buyer.

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

Witcher 2 PC = $10
Witcher 2 360 = $30

Steam / PC gaming FTW!!!! 

Daniel6792
Daniel6792

CD projekt is one of my favorite Gaming Companies. 

They Deserve all the success they can get!

Mrod1212
Mrod1212

I would buy them again, if you bring them to the PS3 :)

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

To put the matter to rest, PC sales beat the 360 sales, the PC made the series profitable, not to diss the 360 version, heard good things about it. But piracy is bad and works on all platforms (I have a CFW PS3).


Bane_09
Bane_09

Good to see a deserving developer get some success. 

eva02langley
eva02langley

On the contrary, high amount of pirated copies = more sales and more potential sales...

Of course, 1 pirated copy = -1 copy sold

Stupid gamespot.

broeing
broeing

Sales could have not been higher because pirates never intended to buy the game in the first place. What a ridiculous claim. Lol games journalism.

humpmasterflex
humpmasterflex

They claim that the game was pirated so badly, yet the game sold over one million units in a span of 2 months on the PC, and the 360 version has been out for almost a year now and its just barely over 500k sales, lmao


so much for "consoles are where the money is at" argument.

PcGamer4Ever1
PcGamer4Ever1

Piracy never effects sales gamespot for fuck sake stop posting childish comments .

Jedimg
Jedimg

@jtthegame316 All you have to do is plug in a USB Xbox 360 controller into your PC - The Witcher 2 supports controllers on the PC version.

Saidrex
Saidrex

I didn't like 1st game, so i pirated 2nd one, to see if it's better than 1st and is worth buying. After playing for 3 hours i went to GoG and bought it. I bet that at least half of those 4.5 mill people did the same. And that number 4.5 mill seems unrealistic, it is impossible that so much people pirated game, 300k-400k seems more realistic.

cfstar
cfstar

bu-bu-but ai thogt pc gamurz we'r ll teh piratez?

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

I must get round to getting witcher 2. think playing it with a controller on my 360 will make it into a good game. see i got the original off steam and it should of been a good game but the problem was you had to use keyboard and mouse which meant instead of moving round then having a button to make the character attack to attack you a had to move the mouse cursor to a enermy and click them. For me games like this don't work because sitting clicking a mouse does not really make for a good game. how ever with the controller i would imagine this is not the case and will make witcher change from and crap sit there and click the mouse game to a proper action RPG

Ledah
Ledah

It's Witcher series and CD Projekt usually does great things. I'm glad they did it.

theend3r
theend3r

I pirated the game, played and subsequently bought it since this game deserved to be bought unlike nearly every other game nowaday.

alenth
alenth

@MAD_AI Modded consoles are really popular outside the US/UK, i laugh when people say that pc is the most pirated platform lol, but yeah piracy is bad and is one of the reasons why some devs launch their own digital distribution platforms like Ubisoft.

Link3301
Link3301

@eva02langley They just said sales could be higher. They never said all of 4.5 million of those people would have gone out an bought the game if they had to, they just sad that many of them probably would have.

alenth
alenth

@humpmasterflex SFIV was a success on consoles the PC version never had the same competitive comunity as the console counter part, it works in both ways, aso the hardcore fans of the witcher were mostly pc only gamers.

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

@PcGamer4Ever1 it does dumbass 

if people could get something free Easily 

then what's the use of making a game so people could pirate it? 

i mean they should sue the shit of those goddamned pirates 


PcGamer4Ever1
PcGamer4Ever1

@Saidrex 4.5 million is just their calculation . Which is more calculation and less facts and figures . They estimated it by looking at seeds of the torrent everyday and multiplying it with bla bla bla .

Joshua2222
Joshua2222

@jtthegame316 The game supports controllers on your computer. It's cheaper on Steam also. Now you should make sure your computer can run it though, my computer really struggles to. But the game is already setup to play with a controller immediately, which makes it really easy.

ggregd
ggregd

@queuing_for_PS4 They didn't say this was the highest selling PC game, Einstein.  The Sims franchise has sold 46 million and that doesn't include expansions or "stuff" packs.

humpmasterflex
humpmasterflex

@alenth @humpmasterflex  

The point i was making is how people claim pc games come to consoles because they don't sell on pc due to piracy, and all the $$ and sales are on consoles. Yet her we have witcher 2 on x360 in one year, WITHOUT PIRACY,  did half as good as its pc counterpart did in 2 months, WITH PIRACY. Those are the facts.



MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@thequickshooter @PcGamer4Ever1  

Starcraft 2 was cracked day one, yet ended up selling over 6 million units, Skyrim sold over 3 million, Portal 2 8 million, Half life 2 12 million.

Point is, if the game is good PC gamers will buy it. 

Those who pirate had and have no intentions of buying the game in the first place, except for a few who choose to sample the game beforehand.

Daniel6792
Daniel6792

@thequickshooter @PcGamer4Ever1 

Listen i know that piracy is bad, but i promise you that those who pirate games also contributes to those games they like. Ofcause not all of them have these moral correct ways but many of them do. 

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@Joshua2222 @jtthegame316  good on witcher 2 that they support the controller in that but i was talking about the original because i brought that off steam and as result of mouse and keyboard controls it sucked. because it felt pointless was like you were just clicking the mouse and did not feel like much of a game. i don't by many games for the pc but is seems when i  do half the time they won't work with the controller and the other half they are just about clicking the mouse. plus i want to know a game will run on my machine so console is a better option.

BuBsay
BuBsay

@thequickshooter @eva02langley @humpmasterflex You can't really argue that when it comes to Witcher 2.


Witcher 2 at ultra graphics and ubersampling on makes even the most advanced GPU's and processors wither and cry. But it's one of the best optimized engines out there right now.


With that being said, it runs on about low/just below medium graphics on the Xbox and still has some framerate problems. The Xbox simply cannot handle the hardware requirements this game brings forth even with an incredibly well optimized engine.

eva02langley
eva02langley

@carolino You mean Crapcom with on disc DLC?
The saddest part is that I bought SFXTekken... never again Capcom.