Cyberpunk 2077 achieves best launch in PC gaming history

Cyberpunk 2077 has just delivered the best launch in PC gaming history. If the console version is considered catastrophic by most players, the version for computers is a great success. According to CD Projekt, the game has been pre-ordered by 8 million gamers, 59% of whom use a gaming PC.

Cyberpunk 2077
Credit: CD Projekt Red

The launch of Cyberpunk 2077 is particularly painful. After several successive postponements, the game disappoints PS4 and Xbox One players. On older generation consoles, the title is almost impossible to play. However, most gamers praise the success of the PC version of Cyberpunk 2077.

Available since December 10, the game is selling like hot cakes on Steam and GOG. Anxious to reassure shareholders after the collapse of its share price, CD Projekt Says 8 Million Preorders Have Been Fulfilled. Of those 8 million pre-orders, 4.72 million, or 59%, were made by PC gamers. The game attracted “only” 41% of console players (Xbox or PlayStation), or 3.28 million buyers.

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Best launch in PC gaming history, ahead of World of Warcraft: Shadowland and Diablo III

Cyberpunk 2077 therefore realizes the best launch in PC gaming history. With 4.72 million pre-orders honored, the CD Projekt track breaks the record so far held by World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. Between November 23 and 24, the eighth expansion of the game Blizzard sold 3.7 million copies. The previous record was signed Diablo III. As of May 15, 2012, the game had sold 3.5 million units.

Two weeks before its release, Cyberpunk 2077 on PC had already generated 50 million euros in revenue, advance CD Projekt. In the process, the Polish studio specifies that 74% of players have purchased a digital copy of the game. Only 26% of pre-orders have opted for a physical version. Despite the many bugs, which affect both the PC, Stadia, PS4 or Xbox versions, the game is a real hit. It’s no surprise: since the first images were released in 2018, Cyberpunk 2077 has established itself as one of the most anticipated games.