This is How Much The Witcher 3 Cost to Make
Overall, CD Projekt Red calls The Witcher 3 a "good investment."
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CD Projekt Red has announced exactly how much money it spent to make the celebrated open-world role-playing game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Speaking during CD Projekt Red's latest financial briefing, the English translation of which was published today, CEO Adam Kicinski revealed the game's total budget--including development and marketing costs--as 306 million złoty or about $81 million USD.
By comparison, Star Wars: The Old Republic--a MMO--reportedly cost $200 million to develop. Meanwhile, Rockstar Games supposedly spent $265 million to develop and market Grand Theft Auto V. These figures, however, are unconfirmed, while The Witcher 3's budget number comes directly from the source.
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Also during his presentation, Kicinski says CD Projekt Red conducted 40 different marketing campaigns in parallel for The Witcher 3. He described this as a "daunting task," noting that the region-specific marketing campaigns were accompanied by a global campaign, too.
Kicinski also revealed that The Witcher 3 was developed over the course of 3.5 years by a team of professionals that "know how to develop games efficiently." A total of 240 in-house staff worked on The Witcher 3 (most were Polish, but a "considerable" number were foreigners), while 1,500 people in all around the world were involved in the game's production.
In addition, Kicinski points out that The Witcher 3 was localized in 15 different language versions, seven of which had full voice acting. A total of 500 voice actors worked on the game across its various versions.
Overall, Kicinski described The Witcher 3 as a "good investment," pointing out that the game sold 6 million copies in six weeks. For CD Projekt Red's latest financial period, the company made a net profit of 236 million złoty ($62.5 million), most of which came from The Witcher 3.
You can watch CD Projekt Red's full financial presentation below.
Next up for The Witcher 3 is the Hearts of Stone expansion, which launches on October 13. Looking beyond that, you shouldn't expect The Witcher 4 anytime soon, as CD Projekt Red is instead going to focus on Cyberpunk 2077.