It’s no secret that Cyberpunk 2077 had a messy launch but the sales don’t seem to reflect that. In a statement for investors, developer CD Projekt Red announced it has sold 13 million copies as of December 20th. That makes it one of the biggest launch of 2020, but how good are those numbers really?
Fantastic sales for Cyberpunk 2077
In the first 10 days of Cyberpunk 2077 being available, the game sold over 13 million copies across all platforms. The number takes all the refunds in account too, so if it were playable on last-gen consoles that number may have been significantly higher.
It’s not entirely clear how many copies CD Projekt Red had to refund, but it’s quite surprising the game sold this good despite all the negative attention. Or maybe even partially thanks to all the hate. Because as the saying goes, there’s no such thing as negative press.
For comparison, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla sold 1.7 million digital copies in the first 20 days according to VGChartz. While it’s unclear how many physical copies said game sold, it’s highly unlikely it topped 11.3 million units.
Another interesting comparison would be Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. That game broke the franchise record on it’s first day, according to Activision. Modern Warfare sold $600 million worth of copies, estimated at 10 million units. So Black Ops Cold War probably beat the Cyberpunk 2077 sales.
Trust the dev
Whatever Cyberpunk 2077’s position on the sales charts of 2020, it’s an amazingly enjoyable game. We called it a troubled masterpiece for it’s insanely engaging story and distracting bugs. Those bugs led to a refund debacle, but still, Cyberpunk 2077 sold like crazy.
That leads us to believe many gamers have put their faith in CD Projekt Red. We too, think the Polish dev will fix the game eventually. Remember, Skyrim, Fallout 4, and of course The Witcher 3 were all buggy at launch. At least 13 million gamers worldwide remembered that too!