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/ The series has sold more than 75 million copies in total, with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt alone selling than 50 million copies.
By Jay Peters, a news editor who writes about technology, video games, and virtual worlds. He’s submitted several accepted emoji proposals to the Unicode Consortium.
May 29, 2023, 6:57 PM UTC|
Image: CD Projekt Red
The Witcher is a juggernaut, and thanks to new data from The Witcher game developer CD Projekt Red (CDPR), we have a better idea of just how huge it really is. The studio revealed Monday that The Witcher video games have sold more than 75 million copies, with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt alone responsible for more than 50 million of those sales.
Those sorts of numbers mean that series is one of the biggest video game franchises of all time. For comparison, this new data puts The Witcher 3 in spitting distance of smash hits like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Red Dead Redemption 2, which have both sold more than 53 million copies, and both of those are among the top-selling games ever.
Those Witcher sales numbers will probably grow by quite a bit in the coming years. CDPR just released a next-gen update for The Witcher 3 in December, and it has a bunch of other Witcher games in the works, including a remake of the first Witcher game, a new Witcher trilogy, and a spinoff codenamed “Project Sirius” (though CDPR recently announced that it’s reassessing the game).
Let’s just hope those new titles fare better at launch than Cyberpunk 2077, though CDPR has largely turned that game around and released a next-gen patch for it in February 2022. We’ll be hearing a lot more about Cyberpunk 2077 very soon: Phantom Liberty, the game’s upcoming major expansion that stars Idris Elba, will be at Summer Game Fest’s invite-only Play Days event in June, CDPR also announced on Monday.
Netflix is also betting big on The Witcher franchise: it just renewed its Witcher TV series for a fifth season even though the third season hasn’t started streaming yet. The third season will be the last with Henry Cavill starring as Geralt; Liam Hemsworth will take over starting with season four.