CD Projekt Red has announced that Cyberpunk 2077 has sold a staggering 13 million copies as of December 20 – just 10 days after launch. That sales figure is an estimate based on physical and digital sales, and includes any refund requests made by that time.
Eight million copies were from preorders alone. The developer has stated that preorder sales have already paid for the game’s entire development and marketing costs this year. Cyberpunk also broke records on Steam with the most concurrent players for a single player game.
That 13 million number makes Cyberpunk 2077 one of the bestselling games of the year. The sales number is solid, but Cyberpunk still has a ways to go to reach the company’s previous big RPG release. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015) has sold nearly 30 million copies, making it the 24th best selling game of all time.
Despite the successful launch, Cyberpunk 2077 was plagued by bugs and poor technical performance, especially on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The company apologized for not showing the game on older consoles, and Sony actually removed the game from their PlayStation Store due to the high volume of refund requests. As a result, the company’s stock price fell a staggering 30%, and much of their good will has been tarnished by angry fans and gamers.
Hype is a dangerous tool to wield, but can certainly pay off, at least in the short term.
Cyberpunk 2077 is available on PC (Steam, GOG), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Google Stadia. It’s rated M for Mature.