The Witcher 3 Has Now Sold Roughly 28 Million Copies
The Witcher 3's lifetime sales have nearly reached 30 million and in 2019 boasted its second-strongest year of sales since releasing back in 2015.
Off the back of the release of The Witcher TV show on Netflix and a new version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Nintendo Switch, the third installment in CD Projekt Red’s adored fantasy RPG series had another massive year in 2019. Just how massive, you ask? Well, big enough that the game is now nearing another major sales milestone.
CD Projekt today released its financial information from 2019 and in the process detailed the latest sales of The Witcher 3. Overall, last year proved to be the second-largest year for the game in terms of sales, losing out only to 2015, which was the year in which the title launched. Of the over five million copies of The Witcher 3 that were sold in 2019, 53% were sold on PC, 26% on PS4, 11% on Switch, and 10% for Xbox One.
While CD Projekt didn’t provide specific sales numbers themselves outside of some broad bar graphs, Twitter user @DarkDetectiveNL (thanks for the heads up, Benji) took the liberty to pixel count the graphs that were provided to get a more accurate total of where the game currently stands. In total, The Witcher 3 has now sold around 28 million copies, which is pretty staggering.
Furthermore, the Nintendo Switch version of the game specifically sold around 700,000 copies from its release until the end of 2019. This is impressive given the fact that it was only available for a little under 3 months.
Sales of #TheWitcher3 by hardware platform (units sold)
Pixel counting from this graph gives rough results per platform:
Total: ~28.3m pic.twitter.com/RkQUtYsxzg
— Nathan (@DarkDetectiveNL) April 8, 2020
All in all, The Witcher 3 continues to just be the RPG that won’t go away. As one of the most critically-acclaimed games of this console generation, it seems that The Witcher 3 is constantly being discovered by new fans or being re-purchased by longtime ones. The tail that this game has had over the years has been quite impressive and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.
If The Witcher 3 ends up doing half as well in 2020 as it did last year for CD Projekt, the publisher will surely be thrilled. Combined with the launch of Cyberpunk 2077, which is set to arrive later this year in September, 2020 could end up being CD Projekt’s biggest year yet.