The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red has released financial data for the first half of the year. As you might have guessed, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was one of the company’s main contributors.
Overall, the Polish studio pulled in 319 million Zloty, which comes out to $82.7 million. The company recorded a profit of 135 million Zloty, which is $35 million. These numbers are down substantially from the same period last year, when CD Projekt Red made 512.7 million Zloty ($133 million) in revenue and a 236.3 million Zloty ($61.2 million) profit, though this period obviously benefited from the massive release of The Witcher 3.
Results were bolstered by continued sales of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and its DLC. Sales of the game itself were “high,” but CD Projekt Red did not share a specific figure. Additionally, the game’s Blood and Wine expansion came out in the last six months. The Witcher 3 and Blood and Wine “generated most of our sales during this period,” CD Projekt Red said, without providing any specific sales numbers.
The Witcher 3’s first expansion, Hearts of Stone, came out in October 2015. It is not counted in this first-half report, as this only covers January 1 to June 30, 2016.
CD Projekt Red’s GOG division also had a strong first-half, making 69 million Zloty ($17.9) in revenue. This represented a new record, thanks in part to the launch of Blood and Wine and “good sales of the back catalog.”
Here is a chart that clearly shows how much CD Projekt Red benefits when it launches a new Witcher game:
One of CD Projekt Red’s next games is Gwent: The Witcher Card game. A betalaunches in October, while the full release is scheduled for later this year. The game is free, though, like other games of its type, you can spend real money on microtransactions.
On the more immediate horizon is The Witcher 3’s Game of the Year/Complete Edition, which lands on August 30. It comes with the base game and all previously released DLC. CD Projekt Red is also working on Cyberpunk 2077, but don’t expect this game soon; it’s coming out in the 2017-2021 window. Interestingly, another “AAA RPG” is coming out in this window, but it hasn’t been announced.
The Witcher 3: Wild was the last game in the series to feature Geralt in the lead role. While The Witcher 4 may not be coming very soon, CD Projekt Red’s Marcin Iwinski said in a previous interview that the world of The Witcher is ripe with storytelling opportunities.
“We definitely are not annualizing a franchise or anything–it’s about the experience,” he said about The Witcher. “The world of The Witcher is gigantic and it’s great to tell these stories, but I don’t know when [The Witcher 4] will happen.”
There appears to be a clear business opportunity for another Witcher game, asThe Witcher 3 itself has reportedly sold more than 10 million copies. The entire franchise has moved 20 million units.