The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has sold over 50 million copies globally, according to publisher CD Projekt Red. With almost 75 million units sold, the absurd achievement, combined with the overall sales of the franchise, which includes 2007’s The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, makes it one of the most successful series of all time. The Witcher 3 is currently the ninth best-selling game in history, trailing only Red Dead Redemption 2, which has sold 53 million copies. These figures are likely to rise in the future years, thanks in large part to the recently announced next-gen upgrade, which includes ray-tracing capabilities, increased console performance, and a raft of quality-of-life improvements.
The School of the Wolf is growing! 🐺 Over 50 million people joined Geralt of Rivia on his Path of finding Ciri and defeating the Wild Hunt!
Thank you for your enormous support over the years! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/lhMHmgF34z
— The Witcher (@witchergame) May 29, 2023
“This demonstrates the tremendous strength of the franchise,” CD Projekt Red CFO Piotr Nielubowicz stated in a video summarizing the company’s Q1 financial performance. “This makes us even more excited about what the future holds, as well as our upcoming Witcher-themed projects.” The studio is presently working on a new Witcher trilogy, which will be released six years after the original one, dubbed Witcher Polaris. The first installment of the series was released in March of last year, complete with snowy key art. CD Projekt Red has revealed that it would abandon its in-house engine in favor of Unreal Engine 5. Of course, the successors in the trilogy will profit from the framework created in the first game, thus the team’s plan does not appear implausible.
Epic Games will continue to support the studio’s full-fledged recreation of The Witcher’s initial game. The reinvention, codenamed Canis Majoris, would use an open-world style while following the same plot as the original 2007 game, which featured the gruff monster hunter Geralt of Rivia on a mission to restore his memories.
While it did receive a remaster with new models and improved overall stability, this would be the first time CD Projekt Red would remake a game from its portfolio. There’s also the multiplayer spin-off title, Sirius, which had an internal revamp early this month. The Molasses Flood, the game’s principal developer, lay off 29 staff, citing a developmental restart to create a new structure for the game. The Witcher multiplayer game will, indeed, have a story mode.
At the Summer Game Fest, we’ll also learn more about CD Projekt Red’s other huge title, Cyberpunk 2077, notably the Phantom Liberty expansion, which stars Idris Elba (The Suicide Squad) as Solomon Reed, an FIA Agent for the New United States of America. The presentation is part of the Play Days category, which is a special invitation-only preview event for journalists and influencers. Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest begins June 9 at 12:30am IST in India and June 8 at 12pm PT in the United States, live from the YouTube Theatre in Los Angeles. All major live-streaming services, including YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, and TikTok, will broadcast the event.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and Nintendo Switch.