Released by Spokko on July 21, The Witcher: Monster Slayer managed to surpass 1 million downloads in its first week. Although it caused server issues to players on launch day, this doesn’t seem to have affected downloads. The Witcher: Monster Slayer could be a solid competitor to Pokémon GO.
Sensor Tower has provided some data based on The Witcher: Monster Slayer’s first-week performance. According to Sensor Tower data, the game surpassed 1 million downloads worldwide on the App Store and Google Play in its first week, and those downloads were largely for Android users. The presented data could be an indication that the future of The Witcher: Monster Slayer looks bright. However, success in total downloads is not the same as concurrent player success, so just because people download the game doesn’t mean they’re actually playing the game.
The Witcher: Monster Slayer is currently ranked 90th on the UK’s Google Play store “Top Grossing” games list and 16th on the “Top Free” games list.
Can The Witcher: Monster Slayer keep up with the success of Pokémon GO?
Spokko’s The Witcher: Monster Slayer seems determined to try and keep up with Niantic’s hugely successful Pokémon GO. The game already seems to have positioned itself among popular series such as Minecraft, Harry Potter, and Jurassic Park.
So, will The Witcher: Monster Slayer be the Pokémon GO of the future? It will be exciting for the mobile gaming industry to follow this rivalry between them, but there is no reason why it shouldn’t, as interest has been slowly decreasing since its release.
For example, the game received 429 reviews on the Google Play Store on July 21, 293 positive and 136 negative. A week later, there were 180 new reviews, 96 positive and 84 negative. This decrease in fan engagement is also noticeable in Google Trends, which peaked in ‘The Witcher: Monster Slayer’ search on July 21. On July 26, it was only 36% of that rate.
High concurrent player counts are difficult to achieve for mobile games, and unfortunately, this is one of the key metrics for evaluating popularity. Only time will tell how The Witcher’s mobile game grows like Pokémon Go or sinks like Minecraft Earth, Jurassic World Alive, or Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.