So that’s what a Metacritic score of 93 can do for you. The Witcher 3 is putting up some serious sales numbers, CD Projekt Red announced today: 4 million copies in just two weeks. As a point of comparison, The Witcher 2 did 940,000 sales in three months. CD Projekt Red isn’t one of the biggest publishers, but it’s proving that it can release a blockbuster with the best of them.
"With an average of 90+ on every platform, Wild Hunt is our dream coming true," CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwiński says in a blog post. "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!"
We’ve given The Witcher 3 a lot of breathless praise here at Forbes, and for good reason. It’s probably the best written open world RPG I’ve ever played, which helps it set a new standard for immersion and world building in games. The game is already massive, but CD Projekt Red has two large-scale expansions on the way, so we’ll see what sort of new content they’ll be able to add with this fresh burst of momentum and capital.
Of course, there are some issues in a world this big — my biggest complaint would be the recycling of assets both in character models and environments, but this is the sort of thing that 4 million sales can help with. Asset reuse comes down to money, and CD Projekt Red is bound to have much more of that when it comes time to start work on the next Witcher game. This is officially a blockbuster franchise now, and I’m incredibly excited to see where it goes from here. In the words of Marcin Iwinski:
"Dandelion once said to Geralt that the world is changing, the sun is setting, and vodka’s running out — go, play, and have fun!"
via Forbes – Tech http://onforb.es/1dAAOee