On Thursday, developer CD Projekt Red announced that the much-anticipated open-world game had already sold an impressive eight million copies via pre-orders alone, not taking into account any additional sales made on release day.
The company later clarified that 59% of this figure is made up of PC sales (4.72m), which means the game comfortably beat the record claimed by Activision Blizzard’s World of Warcraft: Shadowlands (3.7m) just this week for the fastest-selling PC game of all time.
On Steam, CD Projekt Red has also smashed active player records for a single player game, despite the fact the platform doesn’t hold exclusivity to the PC version (Cyberpunk 2077 is also available to purchase on GoG and the Epic Games Store).
According to SteamDB, Cyberpunk 2077 attracted just over one million active players just hours after its release, more than doubling the record peak for a single-player game set by Terraria (490k) and Fallout 4 (473k).
Only three games – all online multiplayer titles – have ever attracted more peak players than Cyberpunk 2077; Dota 2 (1.29m), Counter-Strike Global Offensive (1.3m) and PUBG (3.25m). However, Cyberpunk’s player number could yet climb higher as the day progresses.
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On Twitch, around 1.1 million users were watching Cyberpunk 2077 streams as of 1am GMT, the highest ever for a single-player game.
According to Ginx.tv figures, only online titles Valorant (1.72m in April 2020), League of Legends (1.78m in November 2019) and Fortnite (2.3m. in June 2020) have attracted more viewers for a single game.
Commenting on the eight million pre-orders news on Thursday, CD Projekt Red said: “We are truly humbled that so many of you trusted us and decided to support #Cyberpunk2077 before the release! Even 8 million thank yous isn’t enough!”
As with the PC version, Cyberpunk 2077 appears to suffer from a significant number of visual bugs on consoles. On Thursday, its developer said it was “hard at work” on fixes and updates to the game.
Full next-gen versions of Cyberpunk 2077 aren’t due out until next year, but the game’s developer has said the last-gen console releases will run better on the newest systems.
In VGC’s Cyberpunk 2077 review, which was based on our time with the PC version of the game, our critic called it “a stunning achievement, if you can overlook the glitches”.
The game currently has a 91 Metascore on review aggregation site Metacritic, based on 50 PC reviews.