Last week games industry analyst SuperData shared some numbers that proved what most of us already knew. Cyberpunk 2077 smashed all the previous records of digital game sales and sold well over 10.2 million digital copies during its first month in stores. This means that Cyberpunk 2077 now holds the record of the biggest digital game launch of all time.
This number is a sum of copies sold via various PC platforms as well as console dedicated digital stores. It also includes all the data about refunds. The statement from Super data states that their data shows that “refunds did not substantially affect the game’s aggregate sales”.
The statement elaborates:
“A successful marketing campaign and the reputation of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt provided the hype necessary for the CD Projekt Red title to break records despite issues including performance problems on consoles, widespread glitches, and the indefinite removal of the game from the PlayStation Store. An extremely high share of digital sales (80 percent) was on PC, likely due to the delisting on PlayStation and the overall state of the console versions. Regardless of the short-term financial success, the critical backlash means the developer will now have to invest significant resources fixing the game in order to rehabilitate its image before the launch of its next title. “
It’s also worth pointing out that Cyberpunk 2077’s release had a significant impact on the PC games industry as a whole. According to stats, PC games revenue increased by 40 percent in December 2020.
However, while CD Projekt Red’s title was a big hit during its first few weeks, the pace of sales growth is now wearing off. While Cyberpunk 2077 plans to release multiple updates in the future with the first major one (1.1) being available, it might not be enough to rehabilitate the game’s image.
In case you haven’t heard, Cyberpunk 2077’s first major patch is a huge one (almost 10GB on PC and 17GB on console). However, it mainly focuses on fixing the game’s stability and bugs with no new content being attached to it. If you’re interested in learning more about this new update, be sure to check out the official patch notes here.