In the minds of many users, Cyberpunk 2077 was a disappointment, but it also helped CD Projekt achieve its best-ever financial performance. Sales revenue was more than double that of 2015, when The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was out.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, CD Projekt’s preliminary 2020 sales revenue totalled $562 million, a fourfold increase from the previous year. That is an all-time high for the Polish business, more than double the previous peak of $210 million in 2015, the majority of which came from the release of the third Witcher game.
Net earnings were also at an all-time high. The $303 million broke the previous high of $89.8 million, which was also set in 2015. The company’s final 2020 earnings are due to be released on April 22.
Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt’s largest release since The Witcher 3, received 8 million pre-orders due to the immense buzz around it. It then went on to become the best-selling PC title of all time.
With plans for the innovative, GTA V Online-like multiplayer feature being “reconsidered” and CD Projekt Red restructuring to create several AAA games concurrently, it appeared that Cyberpunk 2077 would be secretly abandoned by its maker, but joint CEO Adam Kiciski recently announced this is not the case.
“I don’t see a way to put Cyberpunk 2077 on hold. We are confident that we can get the game to a point where we can be proud of it and therefore market it consistently for years to come,” he said.