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CD Projekt Red has managed to move quite a few copies of The Witcher 3 at launch. The game has managed to sell 4 million copies in the first two weeks of release and the developers celebrated the milestone with an open letter to the community.
Over on the official Witcher website CD Projekt made it known that they surpassed the 4 million mark, with CEO of the company Marcin Iwinski stating...
I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the four million gamers worldwide who bought The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in the first two weeks from launch. Four million RPG fans spending their hard-earned money on our game is a sign that we did something right, and you can be sure that we’ll harness all that positive energy and make the upcoming expansions worthy of the grand adventure that you’re telling us Wild Hunt already is!
There was some controversy over the game's GameWorks integration with Nvidia's API. When it first launched quite a few PC gamers had problems with frame-rate stability using the HairWorks feature that increased the hair tessellation and physics, giving the game an even more realistic look. However, a lot of AMD users and Nvidia owners who had Kepler cards ran into major problems and obvious frame-rate dips.
Controversy ran rampant as AMD accused Nvidia of sabotage and CD Projekt Red (along with Slightly Mad Studios and Project CARS) were caught in the middle of it. It was a mess. However, the developers issued patches to help fix the frame-rate issues and Nvidia and AMD also pursued fixes for their respective hardware. The Witcher 3 wasn't entirely in the clear, as there were some save game bugs and experience point glitches that the developers had to deal with, but they eventually managed to get it resolved.
The Witcher 3 has been one of those highly promoted games leading up to release, but it did suffer from a few setbacks, as it was originally scheduled to release last year during the holiday season. However, CD Projekt Red wanted to put a bit more focus into fixing up the game and ensuring that it was as polished as possible before releasing it to the public.
It's not surprising that a few bugs managed to get through the quality assurance process given that the game is at a bare minimum 25 hours long. That's according to a recorded speed run of the game. The developers state that The Witcher 3 – if you complete all the side-quests and participate regularly in a lot of the mini-games – that the title could extend as far as 200 hours worth of play-time.
According to Iwinski...
In terms of media reception, we're really humbled by the scores the game has received all around the world. With an average of 90+ on every platform, Wild Hunt is our dream coming true.
The Witcher 3 follows Geralt of Rivia as he attempts to find out what happened to his protege. All the meanwhile he spends a good deal of time fighting larger-than-life monsters, sleeping with various women and engaging in various side activities. The Witcher 3 is available right now for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.