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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Sales Near 30 Million Units

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Sales Near 30 Million Units - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 06 July 2020 / 14,682 Views

Publisher and developer CD Projekt in their latest Management Board Report for the year 2019 released charts for the sales figures of the open-world action RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

When you look at the charts and count the pixels we can get a rough idea of how well the game has sold. When you combine all the years sales for the game are around 28.2 million units.

The Windows PC version is the best-selling with around 12.4 million units sold, followed by the PlayStation 4 version with around 10.8 million units. The Xbox One version has sold around 4.3 million units, while the recently released Nintendo Switch version has sold around 700,000 units.

The first chart (above) about the game provides the breakdown in physical and digital sales. Its launch year in 2015 would be the only year physical sales would be the majority of units sold. In 2015, physical sales accounted for 71 percent of units sold. In 2016, digital sales accounted for 60 percent of the sales, 2017 for 74 percent, 2018 for 80 percent, and 2019 for 82 percent. 

In the second chart (above) the Windows PC version was the best-selling version in every year, except for the launch year in 2015. Sales in 2019 were the second highest for the game thanks in part to the success of The Witcher Netflix series. Despite launching on October 15, 2019, the Nintendo Switch version accounted for 11 percent of the game's sales in 2019.

The third chart (above) breaks down the sales of the game by region. Europe accounted for more sales than any other region with 37.2 percent of the total sales. Asia comes in second with 27.9 percent of the total sales, followed by North America at 25.6 percent. South America accounts for seven percent, Australia with two percent, and Africa at just 0.3 percent.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available now for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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javi741 (on 08 April 2020)

700,000 units on Switch is pretty good for a 4 year old game against Nintendo's highest selling 1st Party Games. This hopefully might mean we'll get more Switch support from CD Projekt Red and other 3rd Party developers

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khotboat javi741 (on 08 April 2020)

Maybe but i doubt the switch could handle anymore games from cdpr,especially cyberpunk

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Blood_Tears javi741 (on 08 April 2020)

Not to mention this port was made by Saber Interactive and not CD Project. Saber was also just purchased for over 300 million about 2 months ago so the chances of anymore Switch ports from them is pretty slim. Regardless, Cyberpunk 2077 is definitely not getting ported anytime soon.

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Kwaidd javi741 (on 09 April 2020)

I don't know if I would consider Witcher sales on Switch competing "against" Nintendo's IP. I'd say it compliments it and helps round out the offering. I'm glad for CDPR that they are seeing support from the Switch crowd for their efforts. It is impressive that an older game can find new life through a new platform and from TV.

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Chazore (on 08 April 2020)

Long tail sales prevail. I still remember when I was told PS4 was the better selling version, and that nothing would surpass it, well look at how times change.

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NathanSSSS (on 08 April 2020)

It makes sense when the game is a frequent visitor to the heavy discount list especially on Steam, but still congrats to CDPR

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Chazore NathanSSSS (on 08 April 2020)

It's also been noted by Era, that PS4 and Xbox have also seen the same deep and regular discounts around the same times as well. PC just has really long legs.

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Cerebralbore101 NathanSSSS (on 08 April 2020)

Yeah, Witcher 3 is priced fairly for its age unlike a lot of digital titles. I think I paid $15 for the whole series on GoG last summer. Money well spent!

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Chazore NathanSSSS (on 08 April 2020)

I also forgot to mention. Sales made on GoG are 100% profits for CDPR, as they operate under CDP, which owns and runs GoG. Even with those discounts, CDPR will have earned 100% of them via GoG, and at least 70% on Steam.

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SKMBlake (on 08 April 2020)

Impressive Switch numbers, nearly 1 million in less than 3 months

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SanAndreasX SKMBlake (on 09 April 2020)

I contributed to that number.

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Machina (on 09 April 2020)

Nice to see a company provide such a thorough breakdown of sales.

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khotboat (on 08 April 2020)

One of the best games ever made!

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KLAMarine (on 08 April 2020)

I wonder if Switch release helped boost sales for other platforms.

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Chazore KLAMarine (on 08 April 2020)

How so?.

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KLAMarine KLAMarine (on 08 April 2020)

Well look at it: a major boost compared to previous year without a Switch version.

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Chazore KLAMarine (on 08 April 2020)

I just think the Switch users wanted the game, and when it came out, they bought it on that system. I do feel like the TV show boosted sales all around, but I wouldn't contribute any sales improvements on all devices, to a new device, as if users not using the Switch, were somehow inspired to buy on their own systems. I know I do not feel such inspiration to do such a thing.

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KLAMarine KLAMarine (on 08 April 2020)

Yes, the show too! Forgot about that... Still, the announcement of the game coming to Switch helped boost attention to the game. Surely some out there heard of the Switch release, gained an interest, and bought it on another platform.

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Kwaidd KLAMarine (on 09 April 2020)

I'd be inclined to think that all the hubub on the web over the Switch port would have to raise some new interest that got directed at other versions.

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StreaK (on 08 April 2020)

Sadly, I'm one of those who also bought into the game because of the show (good thing I only paid like $17 for it)...have played it for a few hours and haven't touched it since. Maybe I'll get back into it maybe I won't. Not my kind of game....can only play for shorts amount of time because it barely can hold my interest.

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greencactaur (on 08 April 2020)

But single player games are dead D:

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SanAndreasX greencactaur (on 09 April 2020)

EA appears determined to die on that particular hill.

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