Cyberpunk 2077 Preorders Top 8 Million, Steam Record Broken

Published: December 10, 2020 9:44 AM /


The image CD Projekt Red posted celebrating 8 million preorders of Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 amassed 8 million preorders prior to release, according to CD Projekt Red. The game also broke Steam concurrent player records, with over 1 million players firing it up last night when it released.

How do Cyberpunk 2077 preorders compare to other games?

This news comes to us via the official CD Projekt Red Twitter account. The Cyberpunk 2077 account also tweeted the news, with the devs reassuring players that "the journey has just begun" and that upcoming fixes and updates to the game are being actively worked on. This preorder figure absolutely smashes the lifetime sales figures of popular games like Control (2 million copies since launch) and the day-one sales of other triple-A tentpole releases such as Doom Eternal (3 million copies sold in March 2020). 

As well as these preorder figures, Cyberpunk 2077 broke a Steam record last night for the number of concurrent players experiencing the game simultaneously. Around the time of its release, over a million players hit Steam to try the game out, and the numbers remain predictably high at time of writing. Similarly, over a million Twitch users were watching Cyberpunk 2077 streams when the game launched last night.

How has the Cyberpunk 2077 launch gone?

Generally speaking, critics and audiences seem to be fairly pleased with Cyberpunk 2077. The game currently boasts a 91% rating on OpenCritic and a similar rating on Metacritic. That said, the launch hasn't been without its controversies. CD Projekt Red has addressed claims that the game contains epilepsy triggers, including a new splash screen at the beginning of the game warning against same.

A new epilepsy warning splash screen in Cyberpunk 2077

Perhaps the most controversial element of Cyberpunk 2077's launch, however, has been its last-gen console release. Several major outlets such as Eurogamer, Forbes, and TheSixthAxis have reported on the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game, claiming that these versions are full of stutter, frame rate drops, and blurry visuals. This was, perhaps, somewhat predictable; the game was delayed back in October, ostensibly due to the last-gen console versions not quite being up to scratch. CD Projekt Red is likely working on these issues as part of the "upcoming fixes and updates" it promised in its 8 million preorder milestone tweet. We will, of course, bring you more on this as we get it.

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