The Witcher games, Witcher books, get a big boost after The Witcher Netflix launch
The Witcher's Netflix adaptation, starring Henry Cavill as Geralt, has been one of the most streamed shows on the platform since its release on December 20th. The show earned a mixed response from critics but has an exceptionally high audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The audience response to the show has been so overwhelming that Netflix might already be considering a third season. Now, it appears that this popularity has spilled over to other parts of the Witcher franchise.
Sales of 2015's The Witcher 3 picked up, with 85,000 concurrent users on Steam alone. More surprising, however, is the sudden interest in Andrzej Sapkowski's series of Witcher novels. While the Polish author is widely celebrated in his native Poland, he was relative obscure internationally. He recently renegotiated his royalty contract with CD Projekt Red: their Witcher game adaptations were a runaway success, overshadowing his work internationally.
The Netflix show appears to have finally given Sapkowski's books the attention they deserve. The author is now ranked Amazon's #1, overtaking J.K. Rowling.
PC gamers may appreciate another knock-on effect: the possibility of a new Witcher game. CD Projekt Red have not written off the Witcher series, although they've stated in the past that they were done with it for the time being. With the franchise receiving so much mainstream attention now, though, we might see a new Witcher game earlier than expected. That's something to look forward to after 2020's Cyberpunk 2077 release.