July 21 (Reuters) – CD Projekt (CDR.WA) stated that its cell sport “The Witcher: Monster Slayer” was now out there to obtain after technical points impacted its launch, in one other glitch for the Polish firm hit by the troubled launch of “Cyberpunk 2077” sport final 12 months.
The Pokemon-style sport, developed by CD Projekt’s Spokko studio, relies on the Witcher medieval fantasy collection, the place gamers hunt foul creatures in story-driven quests. It marks the group’s debut in augmented-reality know-how.
CD Projekt advised Reuters the technical issues that put the a lot anticipated launch of the cell sport in service mode earlier, had been now resolved.
The free-to-play sport has to date had over 100,000 installs on Google Play and has a 3.6 rating out of 5 primarily based on 3,094 evaluations.
Within the evaluations part of the shop’s itemizing for the sport, customers had been mentioning connection difficulties.
With Monster Slayer, CD Projekt is stepping up its efforts within the cell video games market, which is the fastest-growing section in gaming, boosted by demand throughout the pandemic when many different types of leisure had been shut down.
International shopper spending on cell video games rose 17.9% to $44.7 billion within the first half of 2021, in line with analytics agency Sensor Tower.
CD Projekt is generally recognized for its high-budget productions and has to date solely dipped its toes into cell video games.
Whereas analysts have stated that the monetary potential of Monster Slayer stays unsure, it might be supportive to the Witcher and Cyberpunk franchises if it proves a success.
Maciej Kietlinski from Noble Securities, who estimated the sport’s income at a number of dozen million zlotys yearly, stated such issues can occur on the day of the discharge and if they’re resolved rapidly, they need to not have an effect on the sport in the long term.
“However, within the case of CD Projekt and the Cyberpunk PR mishap, the share worth within the shorter time period could also be extremely delicate to any technical issues associated to the launch of the cell sport.”
CD Projekt’s shares turned unfavourable and closed 1.7% down after rising as a lot as 3.5% within the day.
Cyberpunk, CD Projekt’s flagship sport that includes Hollywood star Keanu Reeves, was pulled from the Sony PlayStation Retailer shortly after its debut final 12 months as players complained about glitches. It retuned to the shop final month. learn extra
Reporting by Anna Pruchnicka
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