It was one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the year 2020, but Cyberpunk 2077 left many people disappointed when it launched in September 2020.
The experience was particularly bad for those gaming on Xbox One and PS4, so bad on the later console in fact that Sony even removed the game from its PlayStation Store (Cyberpunk 2077 came back to Sony digital store in the summer of 2021).
The PC version, buggy as it was though, was widely considered the best of the lot, but still in need of patches. And Polish video game company CD Projekt has been releasing plenty of patches and updates since late 2020, fixing the game’s issues and adding new content to Cyberpunk 2077.
And the team at CD Projekt Red (the developer behind the game) must have been pleased to discover that Cyberpunk 2077 was one of Steam’s top selling games in 2021.
That’s right, despite the game’s bad launch Cyberpunk 2077 has not only been getting plenty of positive reviews on Steam, but the game also turned out to be a best seller in 2021, making the “Silver” section of Steam’s top 100 games as was recently reported on VG247. These were the top 100 games according to the gross revenue they generated in the year.
Cyberpunk 2077 is in the esteemed company of blockbusters like Resident Evil Village, Mass Effect Legendary Edition and Age of Empires IV, something which makes its success in 2021 even more remarkable taking into account that these games not only launched many months after Cyberpunk 2077, but were well-received at launch as VG247 points out.
But of course, a game like Cyberpunk 2077 was always going to be successful. After all, CD Projekt are behind one of the best role-playing games of all time, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which won them many fans, and there’s also the star power of Keanu Reeves, who plays one of the major characters in Cyberpunk 2077.
Plus, despite its bad launch Cyberpunk 2077 did do quite well in its launch year: it made over $600 million US dollars, selling more than 13 million copies in 2020, even if we now know that the total cost of refunds was quite steep. This totalled more than $50 million as CD Projekt revealed in an earnings report last year.
Cyberpunk 2077 players, though, could be in for a treat this year. The next-gen versions of the game for PS5 and Xbox Series X will come out in 2022, plus the game is getting a major update and big DLC expansion at some point this year as well. This means there’s plenty to look forward to if you’re still playing the game or sitting on the fence about whether to get hold of CD Projekt’s sci-fi RPG.