Cyberpunk 2077 will be shorter than The Witcher 3, and here's why

By Sean Carey,
In an interview following the latest Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire Event, senior quest designer Patrick K. Mills revealed that the main story for Cyberpunk 2077 will be shorter than that of The Witcher 3 (via ResetEra). Mills justified this by saying that CD Projekt Red had "a lot of complaints" about The Witcher 3's main storyline being too long. He goes on to say, "looking at the metrics, you see tremendous numbers of people played through that game, really far, but never made it to the end." We thought this was pretty interesting, so we've taken a look at some global achievement and trophy unlocks of those who started the game across Xbox, PlayStation, and Steam to see how many of you made it through to the end of The Witcher 3.

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The "Passed the Trial" achievement in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is unlocked for finishing the game on any difficulty. The Witcher 3 is a massive game. According to data from howlongtobeat.com, the main story takes around 52 hours to complete, and that's just solely focusing on the campaign. It's incredibly easy to get lost in a sea of side quests and monster hunting contracts for hours on end and not even touch the campaign missions.

The Witcher 3: Wild HuntPassed the TrialThe Passed the Trial achievement in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt worth 24 pointsFinish the game on any difficulty.

When looking at Passed the Trial global achievement unlocks, we see that only 15.40% of Xbox players, who fired up the game, have completed the main story, which lends to Mills' argument about the campaign being too long. For the likes of TA users, only 40.28% have completed the story. Globally, PlayStation and Steam players seem to have done a bit better than their Xbox counterparts with 29.8% of players unlocking the trophy and 26.9% popping the achievement on Steam. The Xbox figure could, of course, be skewed by the fact that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is included with Xbox Game Pass, where many people would have downloaded the game, started playing and maybe realised it wasn't for them. We have also seen reports that this achievement is not unlocking correctly for some players, although these are in the minority. With all things considered, these figures are pretty disappointing considering just how good The Witcher 3's story is. Perhaps you're still spending your time with Geralt in the bathtub? I wouldn't blame you if you were...

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year Edition does have a separate achievement/trophy list, so we also took a look at global unlocks for those, and the figures don't look much better. Only 19.25% of all Xbox players popped the achievement (35.01% for TA users). Over on PlayStation, the game has two trophy lists, one for the European version, and another for North America. In Europe, 30.6% of players completed the main storyline, while only 23.9% did in North America. It is worth pointing out that the game of the year edition, does include both the Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine expansions (these two could be their own games entirely) which adds even more content to the game. You'd be forgiven for getting lost in the vineyards of Toussaint for hours on end before coming back to the main storyline.

However, these are still some pretty poor unlock statistics considering many believe that The Witcher 3 is one of the all-time greats. Even, here on TrueAchievements, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was voted by you as the game of the decade.

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Even if we look at global unlocks for The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, a significantly shorter game than The Witcher 3, those who have completed the story are still in the minority. Only 18.01% of Xbox players in Europe have popped the "To Be Continued" achievement and just 13.41% have done so in North America (The Witcher 2 has several different regional achievement lists).

Going back to Patrick Mills' comments, you can see why CD Projekt Red has decided on a shorter main storyline for Cyberpunk 2077. Hardly anyone has completed the story in The Witcher 3, which is a shame because it's fantastic. Granted, many people these days don't have the time to invest into longer epics such The Witcher 3, and putting down the game for a week or two means you can easily forget what's previously happened in your adventure. For the majority of you, it looks like the wind's still howling, Ciri is nowhere to be seen, the Wild Hunt is still at large, and you've abandoned Roach. How could you do that to Roach?
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey, I’m Sean! I joined both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies as a staff writer in 2019. I’m a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series and love a good narrative adventure. Most evenings you’ll find me failing to get a win in Call of Duty: Warzone.