CD Projekt Red might need felt some sorrow and disgrace over its lower than stellar Cyberpunk 2077 launch. Before Cyberpunk 2077 even arrived it aggravated numerous avid gamers with its a number of launch delays, however the launch wasn’t so candy with crashes, glitches, and considerable efficiency points. The backlash was such that CDPR publicly apologised for the mess, and Cyberpunk 2077 was even faraway from the PlayStation Store. Things are wanting a lot better now with numerous sizable patches having been delivered and extra patches, and a few free DLCs, on the best way.
With the above in thoughts, one might need anticipated developer / writer CDPR to have financially suffered considerably. Would avid gamers vote with their ft – and having digested early opinions, and seen the horrific glitches and efficiency on numerous gaming YouTube channels, not purchase into Cyberpunk 2077 – and even undergo the refund course of? It would not actually appear to be it, as CDPR reckons FY2020 shall be its most worthwhile but. It simply launched some preliminary financials for the finished monetary 12 months, and so they point out a record-breaking 2.14bn PLN (£409.7m) income from video games gross sales, with a wholesome web revenue of 1.15bn PLN (£221m). Finalised outcomes will not be very completely different to those preliminaries.
So, 2020 shall be CDPR’s greatest 12 months because the launch of The Witcher 3 in 2015. That well-regarded title helped the agency to income of 798m PLN (£152m) and a revenue of 421.6m PLN (£80.6m) – clearly multiples decrease than 2020’s income/revenue. The comparability is even stronger for Cyberpunk 2077 with its EOY launch (The Witcher 3 got here out in May and had a number of months gross sales in FY2015). Check the annual income graph compiled by Niko Partners analyst, Daniel Ahmad, under.
Going ahead CDPR nonetheless has numerous work to do to iron out wrinkles in Cyberpunk 2077, and switch round buyer confidence with some high quality expansions and continued assist. The PlayStation Store block continues to be in place, so it will likely be working to reverse that call too. With subsequent video games releases CDPR says it will not be rushed to market – however with out proof of economic punishment will it stick by that assertion?
Bit-Tech reviewed Cyberpunk 2077 in mid-December.