The Witcher enchants 1 million

CD Projekt Red's grim action RPG based on Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy universe hits sales milestone, console edition hinted.

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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.

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haRT3r

Best RPG ever!

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tjdeep_2007

best game everrr

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gekomni

I am now playing an old game..Dungeon siege 1 and 2. I beleive that they both are great games and since I was looking for something similar a friemd told about " the Witcher" and now I am ready to start with it...Allthough that I hear most of nice words and good reviews is it really a worth trying or not???

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Cleaver426

yeah best rpg ever for me defiently I cant stop playing this.

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martianrobot

I started The Witcher and thought it a mature and deep Fable - really interesting and different, and much more engaging than the usual fantasy cliches of most RPGs. Unfortunately I gave up PC gaming and didn't get very far as Geralt, but would love to see this on my 360. It would more than make up for the underwhelming disappointment that is Fable II, anyway.

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Corrosion

I bought the Enhanced Edition yesterday and this game beats the crap outta Elders Scrolls IV Game of the Year Edition on my PS3. Leagues better.

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madyran

I'm glad to hear that PC Games are still hitting great numbers. It's truly great for the whole industry. And It's a great thing for CD Projket too, considering they're a small time developer.

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scyldschefing

With games from large mainstream established companies continually disappointing me, I was so pleasantly surprised with this game. It is the best RPG I have played in years, if not ever. From now on, I think I will focus more on buying games from lesser known studio and independent designers.

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Merl57

SWEET I'm definately going to get this for 360

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hahamanin

plz no console version for this game instead a new witcher game for all the three platforms

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firehammster

I loved the game... both times I played it. But, the load times on the enhanced edition is still very long. It takes over one and a half minutes to show the load screen after hitting the load button. My machine is very fast with almost everything, but this loading thing is a pain in the butt. Still, fingers crossed for a second game!!

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tudyniuz

This is one of the best games of 2007.

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ralph2190

'Dead' platform? Yeah right! Last time I checked it was very much alive and kicking some console butt!

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angelcar

Hopefully paying attention to a console version doesn't cause them to lose focus on the PC games they make.

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popzx

now you guys should try andrzej sapkowski's novells if you like the storyline. Belive me, best fantasy books ou there.

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nerd_rock_riot

Only played the enhanced edition so can't comment on the quality of the original. Either way have had a ton of fun with it and feel its extremely well crafted. those who complain just don't enjoy good old fashioned rpg's that require you to do research in the game and read the manual. granted i never read the manual just the walkthrough but i still figured it our just fine.

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ZippyDSMLee

Good to see the game doing well, I still think it has major menu/control mapping flaws that make it a pain to play.. not found of the generic Crpg combat either...but its still an ok game..... Y yes I am a game nazi :P

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Hillsy_

Bought the Enhanced Edition. Good to see a PC game selling well.

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Edgemaster666

Nice, this game justifies all the acclaim it gets, and it deserves a whole lot more.

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SEEDman_X

Nice! Finally some good news for Atari

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onyxdragon7

Great game, sweet graphics, cool soundtrack make this game a no brainer for people that play RPG's. Come on sequel!!

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mrklorox

I played the 2 GB demo a month ago and had a good time, albeit I could tell it was censored. I would buy this off Steam if I was guaranteed it would be the uncensored European version. I know it can be patched, but I'm trying to make a point.

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DukeEdwardI

this is just evidence that the pc gaming industry is still capable of making money with quaity games from quality customer-focused companies like cd projekt and stardock. as long as a game receives continuous updates and takes community feedback to heart and actually implements it into the game, people will gladly plop down $40-$50 to support a company that listens to and respects its customers. it's just too bad that there a few pirating cheap-asses that bigger companies focus on too much and then implement a horrible DRM scheme that just punishes legitimate gamers.

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Ottothebobcat

I really didn't expect it to sell this well, but I'm quite glad it did. We need more RPGs like this in my opinion.

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Pete5506

It was a good game, I could see how they sold so much

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Media_Mind

This game sound really good, so I got to say since I don't have a good pc but a PS3 that I wish they sold for PS3 as well.

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DontEatCream

A great game deserves great news. Congrats to CD Projekt, and I hope they start cranking out the Witcher 2. :-D

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commander1122

The witcher 2!!!!!hope to see what happen next!!!

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Lord__Darkstorn

The Witcher was a brilliant game. Maybe I'll pick up the enhanced edition sometime.

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BloodMist

Well that's definitely nice for this game, it totally deserves it.It deserves far more even.It's one of the best RPG's OF ALL TIME.That is no exaggeration either.Anyone who is trying to badmouth it in any way is completely full of crap, frankly.If you don't own it, buy it, now.Right now.Go.

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mo0ksi

Great news for an incredible RPG

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jeffcenate

ive had a love/hate relationship with this game. on the one hand its got great potential on the other LORD can it get dull. << LINK REMOVED >> best review ive seen on the game. this guy naild my opinion 100% (warning review has some cussing in it)

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Oloryn

Its good to see that when a good developer, albeit a little unknown, works hard on a very solid game they get recognition! The Witcher is one of the better RPGs I've played in recent times, and CD Projekt Red has worked hard to tweak and improve it to please fans, and I'm glad their hard work is paying off. If they announce anything more in the Witcher universe, you can count me among the thousands that will show some love!

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DiscGuru101

Bought the enhanced edition, still shrink wrapped on my nightstand. Too many awesome games to play!

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Bytor60150

Good for them! CD Projekt has really stepped it up with The Witcher EE. I have a review of it on the sight if you wanna know what I think about it. I love this game. Edit: Also, if your interested in the developer there's a little title they did called Dark Star One. It's a space shooter akin to the old Wing Commander series. Great story, tight controls and excellent graphics.

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Paynee

I really want to play this game. I want to play it on my console. My bad???

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Einhanderkiller

Kudos to CD Projekt for creating an incredible RPG.

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eagles_band

These developers really care about their fans, and they know how to make a kick ass game. Hopefully we'll be playing a witcher sequel.

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taopix

This is good news because The Witcher is a really good game and let's just hope this confirms Witcher 2. The developer deserves it!

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masterjjx

Awesome here's hoping for Witcher 2

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Adam_the_Nerd

YES! One of the greatest games in recent years finally made a big splash! I'm getting Enhanced edition this weekend

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Rayze78

I actually finished this game this past Sunday. One of the best RPG's out there! I'm glad to see that this small studio has done so well. Another Witcher game would be frigging awesome.

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nvorgang

Maybe there will be a new Witcher game then? That would be great. Congrats CDProjekt! I have the Enchanced version of The Witcher, and its one of the best rpgs i've played in a long time.

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Alastes

Awesome! The Witcher FTW