The Witcher has sold over 20 million copies

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[Update] This article incorrectly stated that the Witcher 3 has sold 20 million copies. The total is for the franchise as a whole.

How many copies of a game does a AAA studio need to sell for aid game to be considered a success? In previous generations, 1 million copies was a good measure – but in recent generations we’ve come to understand that it takes about 5 million copies sold for a great big, blockbuster game to break even.

Rising costs mean games have greater budgets – but are still being sold at the $60 mark as they have been for years. By that measure though, the Witcher 3 is more than just a success; it’s become a juggernaut.

In its financial year end report (via neoGAF), CD Projekt RED has said that The Witcher franchise has sold over 20 million copies.

With regards to The Witcher 3, because developers get a bigger slice of the pie when the retailer isn’t the middleman, as much as 50.2% of the game’s revenue is through digital distribution, even though that channel accounts for just 31,6% of its sales.

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In the same call, CDPR has said that this year, it’ll be working on “A new type of video game format previously unexplored by the Studio.”

Read  Gwent’s single-player campaign delayed to 2018

They’ve done sprawling RPGS, and mobile mobas – so what’s next for CDPR? A standalone Gwent game? Either way, the studio is looking to grow in the coming year, expanding outside of its current base of operations in Poland – which I hope won’t lead to the studio losing its soul.

That aside, CD Projekt RED’s successes are well deserved; The Witcher 3 has, in many ways, ruined some other games for me.

 

Last Updated: March 10, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Ryanza
  • Ryanza

    What’s next for CDPR?

    Cyberpunk is next

    Cyberpunk 2077 is next for CDPR

    Cyberpunk 2077 is coming.

    Don’t Support DRM

    • Pariah

      I always laugh when I see you love on CDPR but spout “Don’t support DRM” in the same sentence. Probably more than 85% of their income comes from DRM platforms and/or channels. If we listened to what you spout, CDPR would be out of business. That sounds awesome, let’s do that. Let’s bankrupt the gaming industry and go back to Monopoly.

      • Ryanza

        68% picked up a retail copy meaning no fucking drm. If there were no digital options do you really think 31% will not pick up a retail copy.

        but if you look at it the other way then it’s not that simple.

        • Pariah

          Physical is console too. LOL. And those are all 100% DRM. You’ll find more people bought digital, on Steam for PC. PC physical isn’t very popular any more.

          • Ryanza

            It feels you are assuming more than actually knowing.

          • Then you should feel right at home 😛

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            Now you’ve done it.

          • GLEE!

          • Ryanza

            yes this is how you people have labelled me and make fun of me. laughing at someone and not with someone thats what you people are about. thats why you people keep on replying to my shit.

            But the info i shit out here tends to be on the right path. and thats why you people hate me so much. so fuck off to someones elses comment

          • HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAAH You keep on doing what you are doing and I will comment on whomever I want’s comment.

          • Ryanza

            and that whats makes you an asshole. because do i do it to you. no. but you keep on treating me a certain way when i don’t treat you in the same way.

            but i guess ….

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            Not being willing to objectively listen to others is being an asshole imo.

          • Ryanza

            ya i know you trying to defend your friends. but your friends don’t do objectively with me. Your friends label and put me into a box. they just point out how stupid i am and laugh.

            i don’t do this with them. i don’t think i’ve ever done this with them. you want me to listen to these fucking assholes who fucking trolll me constantly and if i don’t listen to them then i’m the asshole. well fuck you too.

            I get what you trying to say but you can not apply that to these people, your friends.

          • Ryanza

            and my comments are getting deleted again. more added shit.

            The anti-Ryanza campaign is well established on here.

          • Darren Peach

            DRM is IP protection. DRM is IP protection. DRM is IP protection. Go create something and see how you feel when the internet steals it….

          • Pariah

            Ok, so physical is both pc and console. Let’s be conservative. 33% is pc, 33% Xbox, 33% PS4. That makes 45% of total sales just on console. Guaranteed DRM.

            Let’s assume the same for digital. 66% console. But, ALL of these are DRM. That adds another 20% total sales, guaranteed DRM.

            So right off the bat, 65% of total sales are DRM.

            Now, on PC digital, only the copies bought through GoG are non-DRM. So let’s assume (again, generously) that 50% of those sales were on GoG. That leaves another 5% guaranteed DRM.

            70% of sales, according to these very conservative estimates, guaranteed DRM.

            Remebering one thing – PC gamers in general, have swayed almost to a 65% digital bias when buying games, as of last year. That number is rising. Add to that fact that Steam has a vast majority of the digital sales market on PC, and you’ll start to get a better idea.

            Although as I finish this, I know you won’t understand this, and will revert to your usual drivel. So this is for everyone else. Enjoy.

          • Nice. Thanks. Makes sense.

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            You barely make sense.
            So this is nice.

          • Pariah

            #shotsfired

          • I’ll give you 2 more reasons to wear makeup boy!

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            Two?
            I can only think of one.
            Because it makes me look fancy as f*ck!
            #selftrolling

          • *shakes head. We’ve gone too far!

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            And this without Avo.

          • Ryanza

            ya wrong. didn’t even read it but it’s wrong. it’s like trying to hard.

          • Pariah

            Intelligence, logic and math confuse you, don’t they?

            Shame.

          • And you wonder why people comment on your comments in the way they do?

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            I’m done arguing with narrow-minded people.
            That’s why I incite arguments with you (achievement unlocked – hidden compliment)

          • Bwahahah

          • miaau

            why, can you not take the competition?

            Bddmm – tshhhh

          • POPCORN, STAT!

          • miaau

            trying, trying.

            I think, though, I am known as a fairly passive person, so trying to stir with another fairly passive, calm person is about all I can do.

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            😀

          • miaau

            see above. You drinker of whiskey in narrow glasses. A fact, which while being a fact, I just made up. So there. again.

            I need a life…….

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            LOL

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Rince is incredibly trying.

          • And the funny thing is I don’t even TRY! It’s totally natural! Tralalala!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I don’t think being a GMO makes you totally natural.

          • Tell that to our sheep and cows, and tomatoes, and watermelons and, uh,pencils, and paint, and ummm, that yellow stuff that sticks to your car! Yes, you see. I knowz stuff!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            That’s not proof, you could be guessing.

          • But it’s Thursday…

          • miaau

            are you sure? Feels like Wednesday to me.

          • Oi! Don’t you dare!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Here yes, but in Fiji its still Wednesday.

          • miaau

            So, on a supposed Thursday (which this is not) you do no guess, you know things?

            And on Saturdays? Hung over. ok.

            And Tuesdays, then?

          • You high boy!?

          • miaau

            No. Maybe. No. Definitely no.

            You are avoiding the question:

            Do you think or guess on Tuesdays?

          • Tuesdays I tend to ignore what with being the lest meaningful day of the week.

          • miaau

            thank you.
            *edits secret file on RinceThis, aka Agent.

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            Competition?
            What competition?
            That’s like trying to bake a bread by only using a spoon of flower in the middle of a pan.

          • ‘a bread’… Ah, wors curtain speaking, non?!

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            I don’t know what you’re talking about. :/

          • tehehehe

          • miaau

            is this a very long, roundish bread? Sort of French?

            EVEN the bread you want to make is narrow.

            And my wife’s bakes our bread, so I have no idea. For all I know that is what she does.

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            Haha. Fair enough.
            I like my bread around a beef patty to keep my hands from getting oily and full of sauce, otherwise I don’t see the point ;P

          • miaau

            Buns are a bit more work to make, so my wife sticks to small loafs, but they ARE NOT narrow. Small, but in proportion, width versus length.

            I am eating, more or less right now, home made bread with sauce and ham and on or two other awesome little fillings. And it is not narrow, either.

            Basically, nothing is narrow minded where I can see. Nothing. So there.

            Put that in your narrow pipe and smoke that with your narrow whiskey tumbler. Which is a crime. Whiskey is not drunk out of narrow, high ball tumblers. Ok? Sheesh, man. The smoking is bad enough, but now the whiskey in in the wrong glass? Man. I hope, at least, the scotch is on the rocks and at least ten years old. At least.

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            This is awesome. 😀
            I like fresh bread, that I can’t deny. But I don’t eat much bread. I actually eat very little in general.

            And yes. I always have my whisky and whiskey on the rocks 🙂 Short glass. I don’t care about single malt, blend or pure malt – a good whiskey is a good whiskey. Also…I prefer Irish 😀

          • miaau

            Irish? I like Scotch. It is smoother. Aged. I drink very little myself.

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            But Irish is distilled one more time than Scotch….
            Not that it actually matters that much to me 😀 I just like whikey and whisky. Both are good.

          • It’s cus the Scots can’t bloody wait to drink, the Irish have patience.

          • miaau

            whisky is bourbon and that I do not like. American, Jack Daniels and the like.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            An open mind is like a fortress with its gates unbarred and unguarded.

          • Which explains why you are often compared to a prairie…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’ve never heard anyone say that. Probably because I don’t listen to other people, or you.

          • Exactly!

          • miaau

            yes, easy to change and charge.

            Also, Sun Tzu says hi. (I think it was Sun Tzu?)

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            My quote? No, that’s Warhammer 40k Dawn of War 😀

          • miaau

            Hmm, seems the Sun Tzu quote is not about open minds…

            BUT

            “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”

            ? Terry Pratchett, Diggers

          • YOU WIN!

          • miaau

            NO, Terry Pratchett wins.

            Cliches are there because they are the hammer and nails in the toolbox of conversation.

          • I’m reading the last Diskworld novel at the moment, I want to cry each time I pick it up 🙁

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            Weak arms?

          • miaau

            NOOOOOOOOOO.

            Very funny, but Pratchett books are like a family to some. A place to escape. a safe place.

            A place without judgement or pause. A place of refuge.

            Hmm, but I just sort of like them. Ok. Not like I own 90% of them or anything. Also, certain books, like Night Watch, have spines in perfect order cause they have only been read once. Or 50 times. I struggle to count past once sometimes.

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            I know, my wife devours them. I haven’t myself yet…because…
            I’m not crying..YOU’RE crying!

          • miaau

            the books are in not really sad.

            BUT, Read Guards, Guards, Men at Arms and the other Guards books. Commander Vimes.

            If you only read those, it is enough. Ask your wife about the Guards books. trust me. Trust her. Just do it.

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            Ah. Alright 😀
            I’ve been on a graphic-novel trend lately, just soaking up some of the amazing art in them.

            Haha. I’ll ask her. 😀

          • geel slang

            Bought a seond hand Discworld book years ago for next to nothing, got home and its saw its signed by the man himself, to someone else, but still cool.

          • geel slang

            That makes me wonder, why would the original owner get rid of it? Having a book signed by Pratchett is not a big deal I guess, but if it was signed to me, it would be a treasure.

          • You shut up and have some damn respect *slaps with wet fish

          • miaau

            you tell him!

            “Slaan hom met n nat vis en smeer jam onder sy arms!”

            Orkney Snork Nie – Oupa (Paraphrase)

          • miaau

            “Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.

            Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels.

            Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.

            Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.

            Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.

            Elves are terrific. They beget terror.”

            Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

          • Staph! 🙁

          • miaau

            Look at the way with words.

            It is wonderful, Pratchett causes wonder.

          • Have you read the last book?

          • miaau

            no. do not even know what it is.

            What is it?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Wordplay is the essence of classic British humour. Love it.

          • miaau

            totally. I also like the American and Canadian stand up;s who have to make a living in England, cause their own countries do not find them that funny.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            My wife bought it for me, I can’t get myself to read it…

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            You aliens and your arguments that deal only with absolutes.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            That’s speciest.

          • Is that your final answer?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            What was the question?

          • Ryanza

            because people like you want to be right and to make fun of others.

            Let’s look at GMO Monsanto Corn. When ever i mention GMO corn there will be a big response to say how fucking stupid i am. Monsanto GMO causes cancer in lab rats. The scientific went to court and won against Monsanto (or whoever) meaning that Monsanto GMO corn and others are causing fucking cancer in lab rats.

            I’ve been saying this for a long time and for a long time i’ve been told how wrong i am and how safe gmo monsanto is. but it’s not safe. it’s cancer causing.

            but still just because i say it. ….

          • lol

          • miaau

            “because people like you want to be right and to make fun of others.”, I think if you look at most of Rince’s posts, this does not seems to be case.

            A healthy debate is good, though.

            Also, I have read a lot on Monsanto and am shocked at how much they get away with. US FDA says it is ok, no need to test the GMO grain for humans, as Monsanto designed it kill bugs, not humans. So by design not for humans, therefore they did no tests and passed it. YET all other food stuffs and the like are stringently tested.

          • Ryanza

            i don’t look at most of these people’s other comments. I look at what happens under my comments.

            i didn’t want to start a GMO debate here.

          • miaau

            hell no, my wife’s family of nature lovers and outdoors-man think there is nothing wrong with GMO products. Ok, I think that too. I just think you need to be very responsible with checks and balances AND that is not in place, anywhere in the world, that I can see.

          • Darren Peach

            Hey, I agree about Monsanto.

          • Hammersteyn

            damn it I missed out

          • Ryanza

            Your anti-ryanza message is pretty clear. Guaranteed lol.

            33% is digital sales means gog, steam, origin, xbox live, psn sales. This is the DRM you looking for.

            retail sales makes up 68%. the pc version here is not steam nor gog.

            the interesting thing about this news is that 33% of digital sales is more than 68% retail sales. Sell less and make more money – DRM utopia.

          • Hammersteyn

            heehee

          • Darren Peach

            What ? If feels like he is assuming…… And you ?

      • Totally. How much DLC was via downloads? Day 1 patch of over 1 gig, followed by how many more?

        • Pariah

          I believe all of it was downloads. 😛

  • Ryanza

    20 million sold. Has CDPR shown you that DRM is not needed. When they blame DRM on the pirates, you can tell them to fuck off. DRM has nothing to do with pirates.

    Don’t Support DRM. Cyberpunk 2077 is coming.

    • Pariah

      Lol. Wow.

  • Jac7

    Man, this is simply great news. Good on them, they deserve it.

  • Mossel

    It definitely ruined DA:I for me. That game is so shit compared to W3. Fuck that game.

    • Aren’t you being a little shard on Dragon Age? kek

      • Mossel

        shards….*shivers

        • miaau

          ok that was loathesome.

          When I replay later this year, NO shards. Except by accident.

      • Shard up!

      • Pariah

        XD

    • HAHA! What you said!

    • WitWolfy

      I’m so glad I played DA:I in 2014 first to get myself hyped for Witcher 3. I cant go back man…

    • Captain JJ the Isolated

      Yea. I’m never getting DA:I

      • Mossel

        I’ll probably still go back and finish it though…damn OCD.

        • Captain JJ the Isolated

          Because it’s on Origin, I’ll never get it in a bundle or grab it on a Steam sale.
          I’ve pretty much forgotten about it.

          • Mossel

            Fair enough. Of all the other PC platforms, Origin is by far the best. It’s super stable and very user friendly. In my experience at least. I tend to spend a lot of time on it due to BF4. But Steam is still my go to platform.

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            I can’t stand Origin, it looks too kiddy and it has no value to me as a customer. All it can do is run my games.
            It is super stable (aside from needing an update every week) and it’s solid for sure. That I cannot argue with at all. I’ve never had an issue on it.

    • miaau

      they are, for me, different games completely. I loved and loathed both in more or less equal measure.

  • Captain JJ the Isolated

    Those pie charts make sense. The digital version was kak expensive. More so than the pre-orders for physical.
    I said I was going to start my replay a year after the release, but I’m still putting it off….climbing into Alien Isolation now after I got it from my humble monthly.

    • Yeah. Don’t get that. Physical came with maps and stuff too.

      • Mossel

        Map!! I forgot I had that! Need to put it up on a wall somewhere!

      • Captain JJ the Isolated

        Don’t forget the thing that we have the MOST use for that they always include!
        STICKERS! XD
        I feel too guilty to stick them on anything. I picked up the wolf necklace with Polish writing on the back for R120. So at least I’ve got that 😀

        • Mossel

          I got my sticker on my PC and on my car!

          • Like a boss!

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            I put one on my controller….then stared at my guitar for about a minute…then put the the other sticker back in the drawer.

    • Mossel

      I still need to finish that! haha, feel kinda bad you know. Almost like I’m looking a gift horse in the mouth.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Good. They deserve every bit of it. The gold standard by which I’ll judge every other AAA RPG. I waited over 7 years to finish that story & got the best ending ever. My daughter saved the world and went on to do the right thing LIKE A BOSS. Brings a tear to my cynical old eye. Mass Effect & its Citi Golfs can fuck right off.

    • You’re god damn right!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        It must be a Thursday!

        • You’re god damn right again!

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            Is he only right on Thursdays?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            No. HE’S only right on Thursdays.

          • >< Oh, and FU!

          • Captain JJ the Isolated

            Oh! A monologue!

  • Ghost In The Rift

    Still cant bring my self to stop playing this game, what a master piece of a game they deserve every bit of credit they can get, just sad to think how many years i have to wait until i get to play one of their games again.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      You’re forgetting the 2nd DLC that has a new costume and a challenge map! Wait… no… it has a 2nd real expansion coming soon. Heart of Stone was sweet.

      • Ghost In The Rift

        Blood and Wine FTW!!!!

      • Captain JJ the Isolated

        I’ve been wondering about Heart of Stone…but then I recall ALL the things I hadn’t even done in the base game.
        Loving Witcher 3 so much is such a drag. 😛

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          GET IT! It adds some minor fluff quests & stuff, but the main quest is so good. Hours of fun.

  • Guild

    Congrats to CDPR. Great stats for them. I’ll hopefully get some time to actually load up W3 and play it. Till then it’s CoD and Division

    • Sigh. Missing out mate. Best game EVA!

      • Guild

        You played CoD or Division yet?

        • Yes (COD, 4 of them, and coop, and online play). Watched you play Division:P Neither the best game ever.

          • Guild

            Don’t think I said anything about them being best games ever. But they certainly entertain me and keep me busy. Plus your opinion vs mine will differ greatly. I like online multiplayer games, you like the SP life.

          • I was joking with the best game EVA (hence the fanboy spelling). But your reply of have you played didn’t seem like a joke as much as a point 😛

          • Guild

            😛 I know you haven’t played them. It was more a rhetorical joke

          • I HAVE played CoD dude. Loads with OvG back in the day. None of the recent ones though.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            That must’ve gotten awkward quite often.

            “I shagged your mum!”
            “She’s your mum too!”
            “…..”

          • BWAHAHAHAH! Hang on, wait just a second!

          • Guild

            Explains your obsession with WW2 CoD

          • Eh? My favourite was MW3 actually.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      You’d better have over 100 hours free.

      • Guild

        From what everyone has said and how great the game is and looks, It’ll be awhile before I can load it up and play. I want to be able to focus on the game and having 2 young kids doesn’t make it easy

        • miaau

          2. 2. My 2nd is coming later this year. I am told it more doubles your time commitment.

          • Guild

            You will be busy a lot more. With 1 you can share the focus between you and your wife but add in another and it gets entertaining. Only free time if any I am finding after 21:00 when kids are sleeping and everything that needs to be done is done.
            Last night I wanted to start the Division, by 21:30 I only found time then got frustrated by my internet going down so hopefully tonight I can finally start the game

          • miaau

            My daughter, 2, falls asleep at between 20:00 and 22:00 most nights. But I find I must work these days.

            Not looking forward to the latter part of this year then…

            But work should be calmed down, big projects and tenders DONE by then. Or else.

  • Ryanza

    I think I need to stop Ryanza here. From anti-drm comments to highlighting a game that was released at retail for pc with no drm. Witcher 3 with no drm at retail for pc showed that you don’t need drm to sell well on pc.

    The anti-Ryanza campaign that started and grew is now comes at the detriment to those who have real concerns over drm. I noticed it in some of the drm related articles.

    Too much of anything is bad. hence the anti-Ryanza campaign. And looking at all the people who promote DRM concerns on here, Ryanza’s anti-drm voice is not needed on here.

    I ask that when people have concerns about drm and takes the time to express their view, don’t drown out that persons view with bullshit like you assholes do with my comments. Just let the people’s comments and views stand without tainting it with your anti-ryanza bullshit.

    • miaau

      So, in other words, either agree or shut up?

      • Ryanza

        you don’t have to agree or disagree with every view point. It’s just important to have view points represented.

        So yes, shut up, let the view points stand and then add your own view points to stand. People’s view points don’t need to be turned to shit.

        Me representing a view point not necessarily my own views, and you representing a different point of view, is better than you coming under my comments to say, fuck you stupid. Just an example.

        It’s too much to get into and I don’t like these long ass comments. I’m not talking just about myself. Get comfortable with just letting people’s points of view stand without the need to turn it to shit.
        Turning points of views to shit leads to those points of views not being represented.

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