History will remember it The witcher 3 will not have needed the new generation to surpass the staggering milestone of 40 million copies distributed worldwide, half of them on PC. A feat that places the Polish game in the pantheon of role-playing games, just like a Skyrim for which Bethesda announced the figure of 30 million copies in November 2016, five years after its release. It’s also the time it took The witcher 3 to surpass the 30 million mark in 2020. The Witcher franchise, for which CD Projekt is preparing the next big episode on the Unreal Engine 5 engine, has now exceeded 65 million games sold worldwide.
After a spectacular start with a score of 13.7 million copies sold in early 2021, Cyberpunk 2077 has had a harder time living up to its commercial promises, unhelped by the unflattering returns of the console versions, and even less by its retirement from the PlayStation. Store for 6 months. As of April 14, CD Projekt still counts more than 18 million copies sold for those who now run very well on consoles, provided they own a PS5 or Xbox series. Remember that an animation series produced with Trigger studio Cyberpunk edge runneris expected on Netflix later this year.
- In 2021, CD Projekt sold less Cyberpunk 2077 than The Witcher 3. Last year, 68% of Cyberpunk 2077 sales came from PC, 22% from Xbox One and 10% from PlayStation 4.
As announced last year, CD Projekt still aims to reshape its organization (RED 2.0, yes, madam) so that two separate teams can advance in as many AAA games as possible at the same time, one of which is the next The Witcher. We can also see below how the CD Projekt workforce was spread across the various projects on February 28th, and how the majority of the crew is now busy with the “other projects” which will include the next The Witcher. , while the number of developers is engaged in the expansion of Cyberpunk 2077 stay tight. In this respect, the relevant extension is now officially expected in 2023.
Besides his two AAA productions, CD Projekt does not forget more modest projects. Recently recruited studio The Molasses Flood is working on an unannounced game based on one of its franchises, while the Gwent: The Witcher Card Game team prepares to launch a single player mode. After announcing its partnership with Epic Games, CD Projekt also confirms that it has finished its work on supporting multiplayer with its in-house REDengine engine.
The very significant decline in the Group’s results in 2021 reflects in part the fact that Cyberpunk 2077 didn’t carry the studio the way it should have. CEO Adam Kiciński also said that CD Projekt employees’ salaries increased by an average of 23% last year and that this trend is expected to continue this year. However, note that GOG.com’s business continues to decline with a net loss of €6.4 million for 2021 compared to a net profit of €4.4 million in 2020.
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