CD Projekt Red has recently announced that their seminal open-world RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has reached over 50 million copies sold worldwide. The news was revealed via both Twitter and a video featuring CD Projekt Red CFO Piotr Nielubowicz. He stated that “The Witcher 3 has now been purchased by 50 million gamers” and further outlined that “it now ranks among the top ten best-selling video games in history.”
Nielubowicz also noted that the entire Witcher trilogy has surpassed 75 million copies sold worldwide and expressed excitement at “…what the future holds.” with the Witcher universe at CD Projekt Red. The company has previously confirmed that a new trilogy for the Witcher series is in development with its first entry, known as Polaris, currently in pre-production.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt originally released in 2015 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 to worldwide acclaim in part because of a key focus on layered choices offered to the player. It was followed by two separate expansions, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine, which concluded the narrative arc of the trilogy. In 2019, CD Projekt Red released a port for the Nintendo Switch.
In 2022, the company also released a next-generation update and port known as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam, GOG, and the Epic Games Store. It is free for physical or digital owners of the title and includes all previously released DLC and a host of technical improvements.
As it stands, it is a tremendous thing to consider The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s impact on the industry and the RPG genre as well as its evolution into the zeitgeist of pop culture. With its origins as a book series and its present circumstances as a hit Netflix TV series, it seems the Witcher franchise will continue to thread its way along. I’m curious to see what the next-gen RPG will be like when situated against titles that are inspired by it. As ever, you can count on us here at RPGFan to report on it in the times to come.
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