Putting The Witcher 3 on consoles was the right thing to do

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The Witcher 3. In the middle of that great big brouhaha about whether the game had been downgraded, CD Projekt RED admitted that yes, there was a disparity between early demonstrations and the final game. They also said that it had to do with getting the game running on consoles. The console ports, however, were necessary, they insisted – or the game might otherwise never be made. It just wouldn’t be worth the cost, and they’d never recoup their money. They were right.

As you already know, The Witcher 3 has sold over 4 million copies already, which is some well-deserved success. For once, a big, AAA game has lived up to its hype. In a new video extolling the virtues and success of its new Good Old Games Galaxy client, CD Projekt has revealed how many people bought the game on that fledgling platform: 693,000.

They also say that a further 613,000 PC gamers opted to buy the game elsewhere. Extrapolating a little, that’s 1 about 1.3 million copies of the game sold on PC. Accounting for retail physical PC sales – let’s put a conservative guesstimate of around 400 thousand copies, we have 1.7 million PC copies sold. At a guess, that would mean that 2.3 million copies of the game were for consoles.

That’s a lot of copies. According to people who’re better with numbers than I am, it all means that – conservatively – people have spent a cumulative 9730 years playing The Witcher 3, which is longer than the earth has been around according to fundamentalists who insist that the earth is scarcely 6 thousand years old.

Last Updated: June 12, 2015

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.

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