Cyberpunk 2077 is already profitable, paid for itself with digital pre-orders

Cyberpunk 2077 Tent City
Cyberpunk 2077 Tent City (Image credit: CD Projekt Red)

What you need to know

  • Cyberpunk 2077 is the long-awaited open-world sci-fi RPG from CD Projekt RED, and it's finally out.
  • The game has received critical acclaim for its scope, ambition, and world, but numerous criticisms for bugs and glitches.
  • According to a new report from CD Projekt S.A., CDPR's parent company, Cyberpunk 2077 is already profitable.
  • The estimated income from digital distribution pre-orders reportedly exceeds total costs of development and marketing through 2020.

In case you haven't heard, Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most-hyped video game projects in recent memory. The project comes from CD Projekt RED, the creators of the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and after literal years of waiting it's finally released. According to a new report from CD Projekt S.A., the parent company of CDPR, Cyberpunk 2077 is already profitable on its very first day of release. This is a notable accomplishment and shows that the hype behind the game did translate to absurdly high pre-order sales for Cyberpunk 2077.

According to the report, pre-order sales through digital distribution channels have already exceeded:

  • The total cost of development related to Cyberpunk 2077
  • The total cost of marketing so far and through the remainder of 2020

This is certainly impressive and puts CDPR in a great position to continue developing Cyberpunk 2077 with updates, expansions, and more. In our Cyberpunk 2077 review, we said, "Cyberpunk 2077 won't be bested for years — it is a masterpiece." However, it's undeniable that the game suffers from a bevy of bugs and issues that need to be resolved in patches, especially on consoles. Hopefully, Cyberpunk 2077 has years of success ahead of it.

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Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.