Cyberpunk 2077 has gone down as one of the biggest gaming catastrophes in the modern age but even with its abysmal launch, CD Projekt RED is rolling in the money. The game launched in December 2020 in an unplayable state on PS4 and Xbox One. In addition, other versions of the game suffered from horrendous bugs and crashes. So much so that it was until February when some users were able to complete the game due to progression issues.
Even though the game was a mess in the public eye, CD Projekt RED was still able to sell a boatload of copies making it the company’s biggest video game launch ever. Before its launch, CD Projekt RED revealed that they managed to secure over 8 million pre-orders and at the same time recouped all of the game’s development cost. Now, the developer says they reached 13.7 million copies sold in 2020 alone.
According to CD Projekt RED, Cyberpunk 2077 is the company’s largest game launch ever. However, they did lose a few pennies to refunds too. According to the latest financials, the developer spent roughly $2.23 million on its “Help Me Refund Program” which it launched in November shortly after the release of the game. This program was set up to issue refunds to gamers who were unhappy with the poor performance and issues they suffered. While it initially targeted PS4 and Xbox, anyone was able to ask for a refund if they believed they were robbed out of their promised experience.
In 2020 the CD PROJEKT Group posted over 2.1 billion in sales revenues – a more than fourfold increase over the preceding year. This dynamic growth is primarily due to the December release of Cyberpunk 2077 – the largest game in CD PROJEKT RED’s history, which sold over 13.7 million copies by the end of 2020.
In the end, Sony pulled Cyberpunk 2077 off of the PlayStation Store where it remains to be absent today. All things considered, it seems that the refund chaos in addition to all the bugs and massive backlash CD Projekt RED received did not affect the company’s turnover so I guess those execs are grinning from ear to ear. Even if they did lie and falsely market a game for platforms that could not handle it.
CD Projekt RED is still dedicated to Cyberpunk 2077. The developer has since issued its first of two massive updates that fixed thousands of issues. There’s also a current-gen upgrade coming later this year along with free DLC. However, you still cannot purchase the game on the PlayStation Store and Sony won’t put it back until they are happy with it.
Source: CD Projekt RED