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The Witcher games have sold more than 50 million copies

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CD Projekt Red reported today on the official Witcher Twitter account that The Witcher series has now surpassed 50 million total copies sold.

“Over 50 million adventurers joined Geralt on his journey from Kaer Morhen to Vizima, through Flotsam and Vergen, Velen and Novigrad to Skellige Isles and Toussaint, and many, many more places, time and time again…” the tweet said.

“Thank you and may we meet on the path again! ⚔️”

According to CD Projekt, the total sales for the The Witcher series was 40 million in June 2019, meaning The Witcher franchise has sold 10 million copies in the past year alone. Much of this sales success from the past year can be attributed to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt being released on the Nintendo Switch in October of 2019 and the record-breaking success of The Witcher series on Netflix, which starred Henry Cavill and has 76 million viewers in the first four weeks.

The action-role-playing game series, based on the The Witcher novels written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski take place in a medieval fantasy world and follow the trials and tribulations of Geralt of Rivia, a genetically enhanced, supernaturally-powered monster hunter called a Witcher.

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The series began with the first Witcher in 2007, which ran on a heavily modified version of the Aurora Engine by Bioware and contained three different paths which players could navigate Geralt of Rivia through, each path having diverse outcomes on the game’s narrative.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was released in 2011 and was a vast departure from the gameplay style of the first installment. The combat system became much more intricate, with Geralt gaining a bevy of new offensive and defensive capabilities, weaponry, and the ability to set traps and aim/throw ranged weapons. The Witcher 2 also implemented stealth portions of the game where Geralt could use clandestine methods to bypass enemies or get behind enemies such as guards and stun them instead of engaging them in full-on combat. Much like the first Witcher, the Witcher 2 contained many different story paths and various endings that resulted from the player’s narrative choices.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was released in 2015 and featured for the first time in the series an open-world environment, the most advanced, reactive form of artificial intelligence displayed by enemies yet and dynamic in-game experiences such as nighttime making characters like werewolves more powerful. The narrative focused on Geralt once again, along with his long-lost lover Yennefer. Players can also control Ciri, Geralt’s adopted daughter and apprentice, with whom Geralt shares a very close emotional bond.

Congratulations to CD Projekt Red for all their much-deserved success with The Witcher series. We eagerly anticipate their next endeavor, the maturely-themed Cyberpunk 2077.

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