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The Witcher 3 cost a cool $81 million to make

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A worthwhile investment

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt cost CD Projekt $81 million to develop. That's a decent amount of coin. But, the publisher is already seeing the fruits of its investment, as the company's latest financial report shows it's in the black by $62.5 million for the period.

CD Projekt announced The Witcher 3's cost in the embedded YouTube video (as reported by GameSpot). The $81 million -- 306 million złoty, the currency of Poland -- includes both development and marketing expenses.

This may seem like a lot of money, but it's a fairly modest budget for a triple-A open-world title. By comparison, rumor has it that Grand Theft Auto V cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $265 million. CD Projekt chalks its relatively low expenses up to an in-house staff of around 240 people that "know how to develop games efficiently."

Judging by the recent financial report, that strategy seemingly paid off. Of the $62.5 million profit, most of it stems from Witcher 3 sales as it sold approximately 6 million units in the first month. CD Projekt CEO Adam Kicinski stated the obvious by calling it "a good investment."

CD PROJEKT Group - first half of 2015 [YouTube via GameSpot]

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