Admittedly, the Nintendo platforms over the years haven’t always had the best 3rd party support. Especially when Sony and Microsoft came in with their very powerful consoles. However, with the Nintendo Switch, things have changed a bit. There have been not just major exclusives on the Switch, but ports that have sold surprisingly well. Which we can include The Witcher 3 in. Despite being an older game and “toned down” for Switch in terms of graphics, the sales have been stellar.
So much so that in a report noted by Piotr Nielubowicz, VP and CFO of CD Projekt Red noted “excellent sales” of Witcher 3 on Switch, as well as boosts in other areas of the company:
The CD Projekt Group posted 364 million PLN in sales revenues for the first half of 2020 – nearly 70% more than during the corresponding period in 2019. Compared to the first half of 2019, the Group’s net profit increased nearly threefold, reaching 147 million PLN.
This improvement in our earnings compared to the past year is due, among others, to the unceasing popularity of The Witcher 3, including excellent sales of its Nintendo Switch edition, as well as releases of other games from The Witcher universe on new hardware platforms. In late 2019 GWENT was made available to users of iOS devices, with the Android release following in the first half of the current year. We also released Thronebreaker for Nintendo Switch. The mobile editions of our games – another first for us – have met with very positive reception among gamers.
Of course, when CD Projekt Red’s next big project releases in Cyberpunk 2077, their profits will no doubt jump even higher.