June 12, 2019 We now have a better idea of how well The Witcher 3 has sold, and it amounts to around 20 million in sales.
CD Projekt Red may be grabbing all the headlines at E3 for its upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077 and Keanu Reeves’ involvement as Johnny Silverhand, but the developer’s previous poster boy Geralt is still going strong, too.
Ahead of The Witcher 3 making its way to the Nintendo Switch later this year, CD Projekt Red reveals that its Witcher series of games has sold over 40 million copies overall. The dev also credits The Witcher 3 as contributing half of that total – so we can roughly say that the fantasy RPG has sold over 20 million copies.
We can’t say for sure how big a part PC plays in that total, but we do know that the game has its most active following there. In CD Projekt Red’s financial report for 2018, the developer reports that 44.5% of The Witcher 3 sales for that year came through PC. This was trailed by PlayStation 4 at 39.5% and Xbox One at 15.5%. For context, back in 2015 sales were predominantly on PlayStation 4 at 48% – PC, on the other hand, was 31%.
While The Witcher 3 is still as popular as ever – with tie-ins with other games like Monster Hunter – we’re unlikely to see another instalment in the series for a while yet. CD Projekt Red indeed hasn’t abandoned the idea of returning to The Continent, but as we glimpsed from E3 – and for a while prior, to be honest – the focus is entirely elsewhere ahead of the Cyberpunk 2077 release date.
It’s not all bad, though, as Cyberpunk 2077 is shaping up nicely and its gameplay is looking exceptionally flexible. Much like earlier Fallout games, CD Projekt Red says that there are multiple ways to make your way through a mission and that you can even read the end credits without harming a single soul – Cyberpunk Undertale? Okay, maybe not, but you catch my drift.
That admission from CD Projekt Red falls in line with a comment senior quest designer Philipp Weber made of Reddit a few months ago where he said that there was “three to five different ways” to complete a quest.
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