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CD Projekt broke financial records thanks to Cyberpunk 2077

A swing and a roundabout, right? (Photo: CD Projekt Red)

Despite the rough launch of Cyberpunk 2077, the game has helped make 2020 CD Projekt the most profitable year ever.

Everyone and their grandmother know what the disaster is Cyberpunk 2077 was when it went on sale. But at the time, there were many signs that the game had made a huge profit on CD Projekt and became the best-selling game on the PC.

Recently, CD Projekt shared the interim figures for the next annual earnings report for 2020. The end of the year wasn’t well received, but overall, it was the best year ever from a financial perspective.

According to figures released by GamesIndustry.biz, consolidated sales in 2020 were 2.14 billion zloty (approximately £ 408 million). It’s unclear how much of that is due to Cyberpunk 2077, but please don’t release any other new games.

That’s more than double the 2015 record of 798 million zloty (£ 152 million) at the time of The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt launch.

It’s worth remembering that CD Projekt offered a refund after the release of Cyberpunk 2077, as many owners are outraged by the myriad of bugs and bugs that exist in all versions, especially the base PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is important.

However, the company also reported a net profit of 1.15 billion zloty (£ 219 million). This is more than three times the previous profit record of 342 million zloty (£ 65 million) in 2015. Even with refunds in mind, this isn’t all that surprising, remembering that Cyberpunk 2077’s digital sales exceeded 10 million.

In addition, Cyberpunk 2077 was released on December 10th, while The Witcher 3 was released on May 19th. The latter shows that Cyberpunk 2077 outperformed it in a much shorter time, as it took months to make money on CD Projekt in 2015. Of course, behind Cyberpunk 2077 was a much larger advertising campaign, which definitely helped to attract so many pre-orders.

Recently, patch 1.21 for Cyberpunk 2077 was released, and the CEO of CD Projekt states that he does not intend to shelve the game and aims to continue selling it for the next few years. The game can be played on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S via backward compatibility, but we will eventually release a new console-only version.

That said, it’s still not possible to buy a digital copy of PlayStation 4 because the game hasn’t been added to the PlayStation Store yet. Sony removed it from the store about a week after its launch and was absent for the past four months. Currently, nothing has been announced about when to return.

Cyberpunk 2077 is available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Stadia. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S versions are under development and will be released this year.

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