CD PROJEKT RED may be drowning in controversy over its handling of Cyberpunk 2077, but that hasn’t stopped the game from being a massive financial success. That sentiment was echoed by a report shared by market intelligence company SuperData today, which confirmed that the sci-fi RPG managed to sell as many as 10.2 million digital copies in the month of December 2020. This makes Cyberpunk 2077 the biggest game launch of all time based on digital revenue and digital units sold.
“A successful marketing campaign and the reputation of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt provided the hype necessary for the CD Projekt Red title to break records despite issues including performance problems on consoles, widespread glitches and the indefinite removal of the game from the PlayStation Store,” SuperData reported.
“An extremely high share of digital sales (80%) were on PC, likely due to the delisting on PlayStation and overall state of the console versions. Regardless of the short-term financial success, the critical backlash means the developer will now have to invest significant resources fixing the game in order to rehabilitate its image before the launch of its next title.”
SuperData’s report also revealed that Fortnite is more popular than ever. Epic Games’ battle royale hit not only saw its highest earnings since August 2020, but it also managed to attract 15.3 million concurrent players thanks to limited-time events and cosmetic tie-ins with major franchises such as Star Wars and Halo.