CD Projekt recently took a look back at the first half of 2019, stating that Cyberpunk 2077 preorders have been going very well, and one-third of those digital PC preorders have been on CD Projekt’s own platform. A huge primary driver behind the company’s high financial performance is actually The Witcher 3, despite the fact that it was released more than four years ago.
“Our financial result for the first half of the year was again mainly affected by sales of The Witcher 3, which remain strong. This further confirms our belief that investing in top-quality games pays off, and that such games may continue to sell well for many years,” CD Projekt CFO Piotr Nielubowicz said. “In the first half of 2019 gamers actually purchased more copies of The Witcher 3 than during the first half of the previous year!”
It has also been suggested that more Gwent-style spinoff projects could be in the works—and that we haven’t seen the end of The Witcher, either.
“Managing two separate major franchises (The Witcher and Cyberpunk), along with several independent development teams, enables the Company to conduct parallel work on several projects and smoothens its long-term release schedule,” it states. “This migration towards a dual-franchise model supported by several independent product lines also permits optimization of manufacturing and financial activities, mitigates important risk factors and makes it easier for Company employees to seek professional fulfillment.”
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to the Nintendo Switch in October, but the original was released back in May 2015.