Last month, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, a brand new RPG adventure set in the universe of professional monster slayer Geralt of Rivia, came out on GOG. Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a single player role-playing game set in the world of The Witcher that combines narrative-driven exploration with unique puzzles and card battle mechanics, and it appears that it has not met CD Projekt’s initial sales expectations.
As CEO Adam Kici?ski said in yesterday’s financial call:
“The game appealed to the community, which drove up our expectations regarding sales. Unfortunately, as yet, these expectations have not been fulfilled. Still, we remain optimistic … We expect to continue to sell Thronebreaker for many years to come, even though the initial period may not have lived up to our initial expectations.”
This may explain why Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales appeared almost immediately on Steam. CD Projekt RED initially planned to have this new The Witcher game exclusively on GOG, however these lower than anticipated sales forced it to also release it on Steam.
“The game appeared on GOG first for fairly straightforward reasons. GOG is our priority platform and we wanted to release the game there first to gamers who support us there. However, the reach of GOG is incomparably smaller than that of Steam. We know that there’s a large Witcher fan community on Steam and that’s why we also released the game there.”