The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is big and beautiful and bold, and definitely one of our games of the year. And it seems a lot of people are in agreement, as its also a massive commerican success.
In just two weeks, the huge open world RPG has sold in excess of four million copies. That's big by any genre standard but for an RPG title that's a sequel to a game which only released on PC and belatedly on Xbox 360, it's an absolutely huge achivement.
The ever gracious developers CD Project RED have taken to their Facebook with a message of gratitude:
May 19th was a crucial date for all of us here at CD PROJEKT RED -- we released The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, our open world role-playing game that we had been hard at work on for over 3 years. Since day one, you have given us tons of positive feedback and support -- the sheer volume of emails we’ve gotten since launch simply congratulating us for our efforts is both epic and heartwarming, and I wish every developer comes to have such a fantastic community. In terms of media reception, we’re really humbled by the scores the game has received all around the world. With an average of 90+ on every platform, Wild Hunt is our dream coming true.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the four million gamers worldwide who bought The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in the first two weeks from launch. Four million RPG fans spending their hard-earned money on our game is a sign that we did something right, and you can be sure that we’ll harness all that positive energy and make the upcoming expansions worthy of the grand adventure that you’re telling us Wild Hunt already is! Until then, keep on enjoying Wild Hunt, do not forget to grab your weekly set of free DLCs, and stay tuned for constant updates and enhancement to the game we are continuously working on.
Dandelion once said to Geralt that the world is changing, the sun is setting, and vodka’s running out -- go, play, and have fun!"
This is the same which put a message of thanks in each and every game box, as well as a map and soundtrack and they're offering 16 free DLC packs, with two every week for two months after launch. They've also been outspoken in their response to issues with the game, releasing a number of patches already less than three weeks after release.
The success is completely deserved and gamers will be enjoying the fruits of CDPR's labour for many months to come, and that's before the expansion passes due in late 2015 and later in 2016.
The game releaesd on Xbox One, PS4 and PC so it's hard to guess at what kind of earnings they've made to date but if we average out a unit price of around €55 (given that PC deals were often cheaper) we're still looking at around €220 million - not bad for an indie studio which controls all the publishing rights.
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is out now.