Cyberpunk 2077 was without a doubt one of the most highly anticipated games of all time. After an 8 year development cycle, which began in 2012, the game finally released in December 2020.
Was the wait worth it? Most players would say no.
The game shipped as a broken mess, especially on console. This caused huge immediate backlash towards CD Projekt Red, which was weird to see considering CDPR have always been put on a pedestal by gamers. It caused so much controversy that Sony even pulled the game from its store as thousands of players demanded a refund.
Players Abandon Cyberpunk 2077
Overtime it is expected that numbers will drop for a game, especially a single player title as players complete it and move on to the next game. But the numbers for Cyberpunk 2077 have dropped dramatically and very quickly.
According to Steam Charts, Cyberpunk 2077 has lost approximately 85% of its players in less than one month.
On Steam it peaked at 830,387 players on launch day, today (January 6th) there are just 125,133 players currently playing the game. Obviously throughout the day the numbers will fluctuate but it is quite worrying, although not surprising, to see these numbers. In comparison, CDPR’s previous game, The Witcher 3, held on to more than 50% of its player base a month after it launched, Cyberpunk has only held onto 15-20%.
Cyberpunk will probably see a resurgence in players over the coming months and years, as new updates and DLC are released. The game is incredibly broken right now, especially on console, but eventually it will likely turn into a really polished game and what players expected at launch. This will likely help bring players back to the game.
But, despite all of the controversy, the game has sold incredibly well. Cyberpunk 2077 has already sold over 13 million copies, including 8 million pre-orders, and broke even on day 1.