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The Witcher 3 officially a best-selling game again after Netflix series

by Bill Cooney
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Netflix's new Witcher series came out at the end of December 2019, and introduced a whole new audience to the world of Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri.

As a result, the 2015 Witcher 3 title, set in the same universe as the show, has once again become a best-selling video game.

More than 1.5 million people preordered TW3 when it first came out in 2015, and it's gone on to sell 40 million total copies while being widely considered one of the best games to come out in the 2010's.

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The Witcher 3 is still considered one of the best RPG games of all time, even a half-decade after its release.

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Data on how well The Witcher 3 was doing following Netflix's announcement of the show was compiled by the big brains over at Thinkum, who found that sales began to skyrocket even before the series came out.

"At Amazon.com, where only the top-100 items are tracked, The Witcher had all but disappeared from the site's sales ranks between August 2017 and last fall," Thinkum said. "But then in October, when details for the Netflix show were first revealed, the titles shot to the top-10 at Amazon, peaking at 4 out of 100 on October 9, 2019."

At the time of writing, the game is still in Amazon's top-100 games and doesn't show any signs of slowing down soon.

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It is also listed as one of the most popular games on Steam at the time of writing, which makes sense since The Witcher 3 originally came out on console, so PC players may have missed out on some of the hype.

CD Projekt Red, the game studio behind the series, certainly doesn't mind the extra attention their game has gotten thanks to the show.

The studio is currently working on another highly-anticipated RPG: Cyberpunk 2077 (whose release was recently delayed until fall of 2019) but that doesn't mean they're not thinking about the next Witcher game already.

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CD Projekt Red has ruled out another game starring Geralt, but not another Witcher game entirely.

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CD Projekt Red has said they plan to release two triple-A titles by the end of 2021, with Cyberpunk 2077 being one of them.

It doesn't take a big stretch of the imagination to think that the developer would want to capitalize on the Netflix Witcher craze with a fantastic new game for fans to explore, but whether or not we get news on a new game soon, we'll always have TW3 to fall back on.