Are you starting to get the feeling people really love visiting the Continent? Yeah, us too! There aren’t many mediums left for Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy world of magic and monsters to conqueror. First it was a successful book series, then a wildly popular video game franchise, and now it’s a hit Netflix show. But just in case you needed anymore proof fans can’t get enough of Geralt of Rivia, CD Projekt RED has provided some irrefutable hard numbers. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt just crossed the 50 million copies sold threshold, making it one of the most successful games ever.
The third—and best—Witcher video game is now in some rarified air. First released in May of 2015 and rereleased in December of 2022, the studio behind the Wild Hunt announced during an earnings report call that the game has sold more than 50 million copies. That would place it in the top ten games of all-time. That’s more than Super Mario Bros. and roughly around the same number as Red Dead Redemption 2.
What makes the highly-rated The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s sales number especially impressive is its staying power. Part of that longterm success is partly due to the ’22 rerelease and the Netflix series, but that’s just a small part of the reason. The biggest belongs to to the game itself, which provides a robust open world experience. (And sure, the playable hanky panky doesn’t hurt, either.) That’s why Wild Hunt‘s popularity transcends the rest of the franchise. According to CD Projekt RED’s own announcement, the first two installments have sold “only” 25 million copies combined. Clearly the third game stands on its own merits.
With success like that we’re tempted to wish good luck to the the fourth installment when it finally hits stores some day. But we doubt it will need any. People really can’t get enough of the Continent. And that’s before you factor in all those Wild Hunt replays they get to do for free.