In most respects, “Cyberpunk 2077” was (and still is) disappointing. But this is also a huge bestseller for CD Projekt. The company said today that by 2020, more than 13.7 million copies of the game will be sold, more than half of which will be sold on PC and Stadia.
56% of Cyberpunk 2077 sales are sold to PC and Stadia based on data shown in today’s full annual financial report, while PS4 accounted for 28%, while Xbox One accounted for the remaining 17%. Across all platforms, almost three-quarters (73%) of the copies sold are digital. This helps propel CD Projekt’s digital store, GOG, to the best quarter and the best year ever.
CD Projekt President and Co-CEO Adam Kiciński admitted in a management report that the start of “Cyberpunk 2077” was more difficult than anyone thought, but defended his creativity and reiterated the insistence of the committed studio.
“Developing Cyberpunk 2077 was, without a doubt, the biggest and most complex project we’ve ever engaged in,” he said. “We did indeed enter uncharted territory and undertake risks. While not everything has gone according to our plans, from the creative standpoint we are proud of most of the pieces which make up the game. As for those we’re not proud of—we are improving them, and will continue to do so.”
“Given the knowledge and experience gained in the recent months, we feel we should have handled certain matters differently. This sentiment is reflected by our strategy update, published in late March, which devotes much space to our nascent transformation. Its goal is to streamline our operations and allow us to more efficiently work towards our objectives. Allow me to underscore that we remain committed to pursuing breakthroughs and achieving true innovation. As before, we will not be afraid to enter uncharted territory, undertake risks, and make mistakes.”
Despite the problems in 2020, CD Projekt confirmed its recent financial forecasts, reporting total revenue for the year of US $ 563 million and realized earnings of approximately US $ 303 million. The report also showed that CD Projekt’s repayment plan for Cyberpunk 2077 ended up costing around $ 2.2 million, which is a lot of money, but only a small slice of the whole pie, certainly not enough for your wealth to have a significant impact. .
Cyberpunk 2077 was a huge success, although it remains to be seen if it can become the long-term success of “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.” CD Projekt noted that sales of “The Witcher 3” in 2020 exceeded 30 million, while total sales of the “Witcher” series exceeded 50 million. The studio once again promised to make “Cyberpunk” a game you can “be proud of”, but there are still many obstacles to overcome, including facts, as CD Projekt said in December 2020: The vast majority of these 13 million sales (approximately 8 million) -became pre-order products. These days, the blossoming flower has completely disappeared – its shape is definitely not very large, and it is not yet available on the PlayStation Store.
Despite that, CD Projekt said that it’s not turning its back on the Cyberpunk series, and also hinted at new Witcher games coming down the road, describing both as “pillars of the company’s further growth.””In addition to further updates to Cyberpunk and free DLCs, in the second half of the year we plan to release dedicated next-gen console editions of both Cyberpunk and The Witcher 3,” chief financial officer Piotr Nielubowicz said. “In addition, we’re approaching the release of The Witcher: Monster Slayer, a location-based augmented reality mobile game. And of course we continue to work on other projects which will bear fruit in later years.”