CD Projekt RED's CEO, Marcin Iwinski, has confirmed that The Witcher franchise has sold more on the PC than on consoles.
"Consoles began for real with PS2 from Sony, and then with X360." Kind of a weird thing to say, if you ask me.
They're a Polish developer, likely speaking from Polish experience. I can imagine that the original PS was prohibitively expensive in eastern Europe in the 90s.
My gf is from Poland and moved to Germany in 1998 She is a gamer too but mentioned they had almost no game consoles there until the first Playstation, often they were imported from Germany or the Netherlands and they were very expensive there, same with games. Not as many games were published there and expensive for the people too. Bet that changed really around the year 2k there. Today, most European games even have Polish translations
Im from Poland and i can confirm this, to this day pc games are 25-40 usd here on day one, consoles always 60 usd.
I work with someone from the Czech Republic, and they had never even heard of the NES, so consoles probably did start with Playstation for them.
BattleAxe: A lot of a young gamers don't realize that earlier consoles were released by different names depending on region. I believe in the Eastern block of Europe it was referred to as Dendy or Dandy. NES is the mostly used casual term, but many know it better as Famicom. Just an FYI.
PS2 was really popular in Poland, and while everyone expected PS3 will take it from there, it's successor was Xbox360 in terms of popularity. It sounds weird, it looks weird, but that's how it happened. Though there was no Playstation prohibition. Poland kicked out communism in 1989 and 90s were pretty much the beginning of free market growth. And as you might imagine, beginnings aren't always easy. Low revenues, high prices, distribution wasn't as lucrative as it is today. Market required humongous investments and patience, CD Project was among first to do that with games. They actually helped the market to grow with professional localisations and distribution. Gaming in Poland wouldn't be the same without them. Before Playstation there were two SEGA consoles, but with limited distribution they were expensive, and only most popular games were available therefore only chosen few had them, but many people had computers. Before that almost nobody knew about NES, instead there was a Chinese Famicom clone due to strong Russian-Chinese market connections. Since World War 2 until 1989 Poland was pretty much occupied by Russia.
aka introduced to the casuals
Strangely, that seems kinda accurate from my South African perspective. Just happened to be the console that really penetrated the market, deeply. Now there are game-playing folk everywhere. Just goes to show: use protection, kids. But seriously, PS2 was the start in this here South African's experience.
it's weird only if you are from 1st world country, for example here in south east asia console gaming widely spread only since PS2 era, before that only enthusiasts have consoles.
Yea, i didnt really get what he meant by that tbh. Consoles started with the Atari 2600 for me...must be an age thing.
Well, The Witcher franchise started on PC and I bet it plays and looks fantastic on PC (not that it doesn't on consoles)
You also have to realize, these are the guys who promote DRM-free stuff like crazy and treat PC gamers really freaking well. I've stopped buying from Steam and have moved almost entirely over to GOG for my PC purchases.
Its just like with Mortal Kombat. The game was on consoles for the most time and is a typical console fighting game, it never gained much ground on the PC's. Witcher however is more optimized for PC gaming
Yup which is I bought it on PC despite being primarily a console gamer. I'm sure there are others like me
Gotta remember right or wrong drm exists for a reason...
Seeing as only the Witcher 3 is on both consoles I wouldn't really count this as a surprise. That's like saying that most of Halo's sales are on Xbox One when only Halo CE was on PC.
Well, The Witcher 2 was also available on X360
Years and years after the pc. Wasn't anything close to a simultaneous release.
They are talking about the whole franchise. The first one was not available on consoles. The second one was available on only Xbox 360 and a year after original version released. Only third one released on all platforms simultaneously. No wonder they have sold more on PC overall. However, if we consider just Witcher 3, it has sold more on consoles.
@Griever, That is literally what I just said.
@ "However, if we consider just Witcher 3, it has sold more on consoles." Using VGchartz & Steamspy PS4: 3.28 million Xone: 1.12 million Steam: 1.43 million PC did sell more then that since its also DRM free which isn't counted on Steamspy.
@vegamyster unless it sold like 3.5million on pc drm free which I do doubt then likely consoles still sold more copies of witcher 3.
@extermin8or Not really fair to combine two separate platform sales to one.
I think it sold more on PC because most of the releases were only on PC or the console versions were released way after. It's no surprise ;-)
@Vegamyster They own Gog.com they have their own games sale store your numbers have huge holes in them. All the real PC witcher fans knows to buy the game off gog so they dont have to cut valve or anyone in on profits. Since steam censored the first witcher which alot of hardcore witcher fans are still mad at them about.
I bought thw physical copy, I didnt know the first Witcher was censored on steam, very lame. I loved walking into the taverns, hearing comversations such as "I f*cked a she elf once" or my all time favorite "your mother sucks dwarf c*ck"
Halo 2 made it to PC as well but you had to have Vista at the time so I don't think it sold well wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_2
Of course it would considering you can get it much cheaper on PC than on consoles.
Congrats CD projekt red
Wait a minute...The original Witcher is only on PC. The sequel wasn't on PS3 and came to 360 much later. The Witcher 3 was the only game to launch on all platforms simultaneously. And you're tell me The Witcher franchise has sold most on PC? Oh you don't say.
I'm glad I got to experience this game on PS4. Truly an amazing game
So you are telling me that a franchise that started on PC is selling more on PC than on consoles? Wow, I am stunned by this revelation. Who would have though!
Well, this is kind of obvious, and meaningless, since only the Witcher 3 is truly multiplatform. That said, even The Witcher 3 sold like crazy on PC. Steam is close to 1.5 million. With GOG and other sales added onto that... 2.5 + maybe ? It was more or less on par with PS4 sales, which is very impressive for a multiplat like this.
But... but... PC gamers are all pirates that don't purchase games. /s
You'll be surprised by how many pirated The Witcher games.
It's true games get pirated, but the common logic from people on this site should dictate that the Witcher 3 Sales shouldn't be this high on PC since it's on PC and it has no real DRM protection. For PC being nothing, but piracy, it sure has been striving for decades.
Ummmm started on PC, was limited on what consoles actually had a witcher game on it, for example Sony didnt get a Witcher game until Witcher 3. Plus i can imagine all those quick pc game sales they be having and ppl picking it up down the road. I dont understand why this comment was made lol I would have definitely guessed that or thought it without this info.
Well that's common sense. Witcher 1 is only on PC, Witcher 2 came out on 360 a year after pc and Witcher 3 is the only one to release on PS4, XBOX ONE and PC at the same time.
interesting. because a few month ago sales were 70% consoles, 30% PC. http://gamerant.com/the-wit...
This is about the whole franchise.
Wish I had the bank account number for the shared bank account all the console manufacturers use. Actually I'd rather have the bank account for all the PC games sales since that is much more money.
This article is about the whole witcher series as a whole, im willing to bet that the ps4 version of witcher 3 outsold the pc version by a wide margin.
I'm pleased the Witcher series has been such a success. I'm on my 2nd play through on the Witcher 3 PS4 version. Just bought the 1st DLC today & will buy the 2nd on release, as CD Project are a studio that don't f*ck gamers over. Which is more of a rarity these days in the gaming industry 😉
CD Projekt RED needs to make more games more often
They really don't, or they'd be as mundane as Assassin's Creed 2007/2008/2009/2010/2011/2012/ 2013/2014/2015/2016.
lol not that many. just saying 4 years is a long time to wait for each iteration. And also, i didn't mean the same game like assassins crap. they're obviously really talented developers and i think any game they make would be good. even a something polar opposite to the witcher.
I'm glad CDPR has their own client,PS4 and PC ( Physical/GOG) of the Witcher 3. I rarely double-dip these days,i'm very interested in their upcoming projects.
Considering 1/3 of the franchise is exclusive to PC that isn't really surprising though is it.
This really isn't surprising at all. The first Witcher game never came to consoles, Witcher 2 was a 360 exclusive and wasn't that widely known, Witcher 3 is the only one that really did big numbers on console. If you want to get the whole story and for all your save files to carry over you have to play the game on PC.
So much denial in these comments about the PC markets being better than the console markets, not for just the gamer this time, but also the dev/publisher. Face it, humans don't like being controlled mercilessly and these horrible DRM practices on so many PC games prove just how much better a game does DRM free. Anyone can argue whatever, but it's your opinion vs one of the biggest PC market players. I think it's obvious who I'm going to listen too.
Wasn't this series PC exclusive before? So obviously the whole franchise sold more on PC.
Not surprised, the game was a pc centered title.
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