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The Witcher 3 Sells More Than 4 Million in 2 Weeks

(Image by CD Projekt RED)

(Image by CD Projekt RED)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt sold more than 4 million copies worldwide in its first two weeks of availability, CD Projekt RED announced on Tuesday.

Marcin Iwinski, co-founder and CEO of the Polish developer, thanked fans in a letter while revealing the sales numbers for the first two weeks of the open wold role-playing game.

The Witcher 3 released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on May 19 for $59.99. A breakdown of sales on each platform or physical to digital sales wasn’t provided by the company. Wild Hunt is the first game in the series to simultaneously launch on both PC and home consoles.

[Update on June 11]: CD Projekt revealed The Witcher 3 has 693,000 owners on GOG Galaxy and 613,000 on other PC platforms, for more than 1.3 million copies sold on PC. [end update]

Wild Hunt had more than 1.5 million pre-orders before its release. The game launched in 109 countries and received high review scores.

The Witcher 3 took three years to develop. Production costs were around $32 million, with an additional $35 million for the game’s marketing. The studio is based in Warsaw, Poland and was founded in February 2002.

CD Projekt, the parent company of the developer, also owns the GOG digital distribution store that sells DRM-free versions of classic and modern computer games. GOG Galaxy, a Steam-like PC client that launched in May with The Witcher 3 as a featured release, is another service of the company.

The company’s stock rose today on the Warsaw Stock Exchange from $20.32 to $24.50, with it closing at $24.48.

The Witcher franchise has sold more than a combined 8 million copies as of 2014, according to the company’s annual financial report. The Witcher released in October 2007 on PC. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, the last game in the franchise, released for the PC in May 2011 with an Enhanced Edition coming to the Xbox 360 and PC in April 2012.

CD Projekt RED continues to update Wild Hunt on all platforms, with the latest 1.05 patch out on PC.

Witcher 3 will continue to have free weekly downloadable content with up to 16 pieces that include new armor, weapons and quests. Six items have already released.

Paid DLC expansions are planned for the future that CD Projekt RED said will combine for more than 30 hours of gameplay. The first is Hearts of Stone, which will release this October for $9.99. Blood and Wine, the second expansion, will release in early 2016 for $19.99. Both can be bought bundled in the game’s Expansion Pass for $24.99.

“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!” Iwinski said.

Watch Wild Hunt’s launch trailer:

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