Cyberpunk 2077 Turned a Profit on Day One
Cyberpunk 2077 has generated so much hype that I am almost not surprised that CD Projekt Red has made all its money back on day 1.
Cyberpunk 2077 was definitely going to be one of the biggest games of the year in terms of sales. CD Projekt Red’s last full-fledged RPG, The Witcher 3, set the world on fire when it released five years ago. Many include that game as one of the greatest games ever made. Of course, the studio’s next game was going to have a lot of eyes on it. In fact, there have been so many eyes on it that it turned a profit on release day.
CD Projekt Red put out a report that states that the studio has already seen a return on its investment. The report states that the royalties receivable by the company in association with pre-order sales across all distribution channels have exceeded both the total development costs related to the game as well as the marketing and promotional costs that have already incurred or anticipated for the rest of 2020.
Or as Daniel Ahmad would like to put it. They are profitable on day one.
CD Projekt Red says that its earnings from Cyberpunk 2077 pre-order sales across digital distribution channels have already exceeded the total development and marketing costs of the game.
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) December 11, 2020
There was so much hype surrounding this game that I am almost not surprised that the development studio made all of its money back and more on day 1. However, I am surprised just how poorly the game runs on older hardware. The game is so demanding that it almost seems as if they should have shelved it for PC and next-gen systems only. A recent update has reportedly fixed some issues. Though the base PS4 and Xbox One versions will still struggle in comparison to updated hardware.