This is undoubtedly the big issue for the month of December 2020, the last big upheaval of the year in the world of video games. After more than 7 years of waiting, CyberPunk 2077 has finally been available since December 10. Alas, the latter happened in the worst possible way on PC and consoles.
Far too ambitious, CyberPunk 2077 arrived in critical condition on PC and quickly corrected when it was released with a bunch of big patches. As for the console versions (PS4 and Xbox One, the next-gen versions should arrive this year), the disaster could not be avoided. Unplayable on the 2013 machines, the game is barely acceptable on the PS4 Pro (2016) and Xbox One X (2017).
The problem is that CD Projekt Red (the developers of the game) have publicly assured that the console versions are doing really well. The studio banned console testing before the game’s release (hence our decision not to preview CyberPunk 2077) and the result was only a succession of errors.
Conflict with Sony pushing the firm to remove the game from sales on its PlayStation Store. Complaint from investors, refund of games on PS4 and Xbox One without any justification… In short, unheard of for a long awaited AAA game. However, the success was there (at the beginning) with a record start on Steam with more than a million players connected simultaneously and more than 13 million copies sold.
A month after its release, the success is not really so prestigious.
CyberPunk 2077: Four times fewer players in three weeks
With more than a million players connected simultaneously at the time of its release on Steam, CyberPunk 2077 saw its figures be divided by four, bringing together “only” 225,000 players. A fall that can be explained in several ways:
- At first, CyberPunk 2077 being a single player game, offering a relatively short main frame, it is very likely that many players have already completed the game.
- Then, some players may be tired of bugs and other technical issues (which are still quite rare on PC).
- Finally, others just might not have had to cling to the universe of CD Projekt Red’s latest game.
Regardless, it’s quite disturbing to see so many players deserting the best version of CyberPunk 2077. We’re quite curious about the number of players who have abandoned the console versions or have requested a refund of the game since the release. output of the latter. Of course, these figures are still unknown.
We just have to wait for the first big patch which should arrive this month, then the second in February. These two updates should provide console gamers with an acceptable experience on PS4 and Xbox One.
Finally, CD Projekt Red promised a rain of free DLC to come for the beginning of the year 2021. No doubt this should inspire many players to return to the dark and busy streets of Night City.