CD Projekt RED Have Already Recouped the Development Costs of Cyberpunk 2077 in Just a Few Days of Release

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December 12, 2020 1:53 pm

Cyberpunk 2077 has been out for less than a few days, and CD Projekt RED has revealed an interesting piece of information. The studio has revealed that it has already recouped the development, marketing, and promotional cost of the title.

In a report to the investors, the Management Board of CD Projekt has stated how the “estimated licensing royalties receivable by the Company in association with pre-order sales of Cyberpunk 2077 across all of its digital distribution channels have exceeded the sum.

This essentially means that the title is already profitable. According to the report released yesterday, Cyberpunk 2077 could beat GTA V’s sales records. As for the launch day, CD Projekt hasn’t released the numbers, so we don’t know how close the title is to beating GTA V.

Cyberpunk 2077 is already making a lot of money and breaking records

CD Projekt RED’s Cyberpunk 2077 is clearly one of the most anticipated titles of the year. The game rolled out a few days back, but the path to its release was full of hurdles.

The studio had announced it in 2013, and fans had been patiently waiting for its release since. They’ve also sat through multiple delays to get their hands on the title that has been referred to as the finest entry of the modern decade.

It broke several records even before it walked down the ramp. According to Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad, the title has surpassed eight million pre-orders.

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He also revealed that this amounts to over $500 million. Rockstar Games’ GTA V made $800 million. However, this statistic includes both pre-order and launch day sales.

In addition, it didn’t take long for Cyberpunk to break the million concurrent viewers barrier on Steam. Not only did it enter an elite list of titles to achieve the feat, but it also remains the only single-player game to beat the million concurrent mark on the platform.

Bethesda’s Fall Out 4 had held this record back in 2015 with 472,962 people playing the open-world title.

Despite breaking these records, the title has received mixed reviews. An influx of messages on Twitter and Reddit reveal that the game might still have a lot more to improve on and iron out some creases. Consequently, many feel it is far from what the devs had marketed in the trailer.

Will CD Projekt RED fix these issues, or will they continue to nullify the excitement around the new title?

Cyberpunk 2077 released on December 10 and is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One/S/X, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia, and PC.

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Nakul Ahuja

Nakul Ahuja is an Esports author at EssentiallySports. He has spent 11 years doing theatre and is currently preparing for his Master's degree in Journalism. Along the way, he hopes to rake in money as Ninja does. Ironically, he is a rather clumsy gamer. When he isn't writing, he can be seen brewing a perfect cup of cappuccino for himself. A cup of coffee, anyone?

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