After the barrage of criticism that the CD Projekt Red (CDPR) game has received within a week of its release, this feels more like an eventuality. Just last week, Cyberpunk 2077 was leading the charts with over 8 million copies sold in pre-orders. However, the game dropped 2 places to third after losing over 80% of its sales after unfavorable reviews. The rankings are for physical copies sold only.
What does this mean for the game?
Being as big as it is, the game won’t be vanishing out of existence very soon. That being said, it certainly was poised to being one of the most popular games of all time. Now, the investors of CDPR might be ready to file a lawsuit against the company. The investors are saying that the company had presented “materially misleading information” in order to secure funding.
The trend in sales of games such as Cyberpunk and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla is pretty much the same. Even The Last of Us 2 saw an 80% fall in sales in its second week of release. The regrettable part is that Cyberpunk would have rushed past all these games without any difficulties. One might view it as that Cyberpunk was really stifled by its rocky launch and worse optimization and unfulfilled bug checks.
Due to these reasons, the game is left in a very tight battle for sales of its copies against Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. Only a 9,000 copies difference separates Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla in 1st place and Animal Crossing in 5th place. Obviously, these rankings are just for physical copies sold and not the total number of copies sold. Even so, this probably gives us an inkling into how far-reaching the effects of the poor reception of the game are.
Hopefully, the patch updates and new DLC work as a remedy and get Cyberpunk 2077 to regain its long-awaited glory!