The end of 2019 saw Henry Cavill portray Geralt in the Netflix Witcher series. Since gamers got reintroduced into the fantasy world, many went back to the final adventure that CD Projekt Red developed, The Witcher 3, leading to the biggest player count on Steam along with a 554 percent rise in physical sales in the US, according to NPD.
In the report from NPD, sales went up past the 500 percent mark than December of 2018. Geralt’s last epic journey got a port over to the Switch in October of 2019, and excluding those additional figures, the game adapted from the Polish novel series would still be 63 percent higher than it was in 2018.
For Steam, it was one of the top-selling games of 2019. It hit the “gold” tier without any number indicating how many people bought the game to reach that level. In this range, it included titles like Rocket League, Halo Master Chief Collection, and Devil May Cry 5. CDPR’s global community lead Marcin Momot confirmed on Twitter last year that The Witcher 3 hit a new record for its concurrent player count with 93,835 gamers on December 29 and the next day topped itself by 94,651.
— Marcin Momot (@Marcin360) December 29, 2019
The Netflix series did focus more on the books rather than the games. Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels went up 562 percent two weeks before the shows launch to the streaming platform.
Netflix is planning on a season two of The Witcher. Meanwhile, CD Projekt Red is currently wrapping up Cyberpunk 2077, which releases on September 17 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Google Stadia.