The Witcher 3 Cost $81M to Make, Already Made $62.5M in Profit
CD Projekt Red revealed that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt cost a pretty penny to make but is already a financial success.
The Poland-based team at CD Projekt Red have had an extremely good year so far. During their latest financial conference, Adam Kicinski, the CEO of the studio, revealed that the marketing and developmental costs of bringing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to life totaled up to 306 million złoty, which is roughly equivalent to $81 million USD.
To put things into perspective, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the most expensive game ever made to date, cost $250M to make. Modern Warfare 2 cost $50 million to actually develop, but over $200 million was spent to market it. Grand Theft Auto V cost $265 million to make, with $137 million in development and $128 million in marketing costs. Made by the 240 members of CD Projekt Red, other outsourced studios and 500+ voice actors, there was plenty of work put into this massive open world RPG. Luckily, The Witcher 3's sales have already covered its costs and earned CD Projekt Red $62.5 million in profit.
For those wanting to see it, here is CD Projekt Red's financial summary for the first half of the year:
The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone will launch on Oct. 13 for all versions of the game. The next expansion, Blood and Wine, which includes the Toussaint zone, will launch early next year. As you'd expect, this downloadable content expansion will be available digitally, but a limited boxed edition will be released as well. Priced at $19.99, this physical edition of the expansion will feature two full decks of Gwent cards, a collector's box, some Gwent tokens and a digital code for the DLC. Hearts of Stone will also be featured as a part of The Witcher 3's $24.99 expansion pass, which will eventually include the Blood and Wine expansion when it releases.
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