July 21 (Reuters) - CD Projekt said that its mobile
game "The Witcher: Monster Slayer" was now available to download
after technical issues impacted its launch, in another glitch
for the Polish company hit by the troubled release of "Cyberpunk
2077" game last year.
The Pokemon-style game, developed by CD Projekt's Spokko
studio, is based on the Witcher medieval fantasy series, where
players hunt foul creatures in story-driven quests. It marks the
group's debut in augmented-reality technology.
CD Projekt told Reuters the technical problems that put the
much anticipated launch of the mobile game in service mode
earlier, were now resolved.
The free-to-play game has so far had over 100,000 installs
on Google Play and has a 3.6 score out of 5 based on 3,094
In the reviews section of the store's listing for the game,
users were mentioning connection difficulties.
With Monster Slayer, CD Projekt is stepping up its efforts
in the mobile games market, which is the fastest-growing segment
in gaming, boosted by demand during the pandemic when many other
forms of entertainment were shut down.
Global consumer spending on mobile games rose 17.9% to $44.7
billion in the first half of 2021, according to analytics firm
CD Projekt is mostly known for its high-budget productions
and has so far only dipped its toes into mobile games.
While analysts have said that the financial potential of
Monster Slayer remains uncertain, it could be supportive to the
Witcher and Cyberpunk franchises if it proves a hit.
Maciej Kietlinski from Noble Securities, who estimated the
game's revenue at several dozen million zlotys annually, said
such problems can happen on the day of the release and if they
are resolved quickly, they should not have an impact on the game
in the long run.
"Nevertheless, in the case of CD Projekt and the Cyberpunk
PR mishap, the share price in the shorter term may be highly
sensitive to any technical problems related to the launch of the
CD Projekt's shares turned negative and closed 1.7% down
after rising as much as 3.5% in the day.
Cyberpunk, CD Projekt's flagship game featuring Hollywood
star Keanu Reeves, was pulled from the Sony PlayStation Store
shortly after its debut last year as gamers complained about
glitches. It retuned to the store last month.
(Reporting by Anna Pruchnicka
Editing by Keith Weir, Steve Orlofsky and Elaine Hardcastle)