Witcher 3 Sales Rise By More Than 500% In Wake Of TV Show

The TV show also helped book sales rise by more than 500 percent.

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The Witcher TV show on Netflix has proven to be incredibly popular for the streaming network, but it's not just Netflix that's benefiting from it. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt saw its biggest day ever on Steam following the release of the show, and now it's confirmed that sales of the game in the US jumped by more than 500 percent after the show debuted.

Sales of physical copies of The Witcher 3 in December 2019 rose by 554 percent compared to December 2018, according to NPD. It was expected that sales would increase in 2019, regardless of the show, because The Witcher 3 came to Switch in October. However, even excluding Switch, sales of The Witcher 3 in December 2019 rose by 63 percent, according to NPD.

Also of note is that these numbers are for physical game sales only.

Physical sales of the Witcher books also increased, rising 562 percent in the two weeks following the release of the TV show. You can check out NPD's full blog post to see a breakdown of The Witcher TV show's impact on the wider brand in 2019.

The Witcher TV show is based on Andrzej Sapkowski's novel series, which CD Projekt Red also adapted for its video game franchise. The TV show is returning for a second season in 2021, and showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has promised it will be more "linear" following the reception to Season 1's meandering timelines.

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Maybe we will see another part of the game, or at least add-on. I hope.

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shocking not really, what would be shocking is if i actual beat witcher 2 so I could actual install and play witcher 3

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@tsunami2311: Man, I don't know if 2 has aged well enough to be worth that kind of time. I'd just read a synopses and move on to the better game.

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@mogan:

yah Witcher 2 look amazing to me still, (PC) it look and horrid on console

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@tsunami2311: Assassin's of Kings was like the new Crysis when it came out; hardware meltingly pretty. It took a few years before anybody could run it on ultra with ubersampling on.

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Lots of new people are learning how annoying the movement controls are

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Hope it will give rise also to new game in same universe. It would be good to see Ciri, Saskia and Iorweth again.

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@Godlikan: indeed. And I want to play as ciri.

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I wish I liked the games just as much....the wonky combat and certain poor RPG implementations in both Witcher 2 and 3 didn't do it for me. Dragon's Dogma and Kingdom of Amalur have those games beat when it comes to gameplay. I love the Witcher's lore and characters though.

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Good CDPR deserves it. I just hope that will always be the case. They are pretty much the only dev i trust right now. Well them and some of Sony's devs.

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One of the all-time greatest games, and I've been gaming since gaming's inception.

I'm sure to replay it all again, but 300+ hours on the highest difficulty is a HUGE chunk of time to consider...

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Unsurprising. Even my cousin and sister took a look at the game after seeing the show. My mom actually wanted to watch gameplay video.

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Doesn't hurt that it is an excellent game too. I started a replay and realized just how good it was, we need more games like this- less GaaS BS.

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One hand shakes the other kind of deal. They both helped each other out. And Sapkowski is finally getting his due money and appreciation.

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@srfilk86: I was up-to-date on all the novels that had been translated at the time, and they fit together perfectly.

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