Cyberpunk 2077 and the Phantom Liberty expansion have grossed over $750 milion so far

After a disastrous launch in 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 is back in style. Thanks to significant improvements and new content, the game made a big comeback in 2023

by Sededin Dedovic
Cyberpunk 2077 and the Phantom Liberty expansion have grossed over $750 milion so far
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The story of Cyberpunk 2077 is one of a disastrous launch and a significant turnaround. First announced in 2012, the game promised a revolutionary open world experience in the neon dystopia of Night City. However, after eight years of waiting, the 2020 launch was spectacularly short.

The game was riddled with bugs and performance issues, especially on last-gen consoles, making it virtually unplayable for many. This resulted in a wave of disappointment and anger from fans, leading to refunds, lawsuits and a significant blow to the reputation of developer CD Projekt Red.

Despite a disastrous launch, initial sales were strong. According to CDPR, Cyberpunk 2077 and its upcoming expansion Phantom Liberty have grossed a combined $750 million so far. Although sales in the first year were impressive, they were followed by a sharp decline in the following two years.

However, 2023 marked a turning point, with the game experiencing a significant revival. In the year, Cyberpunk 2077 generated almost the same amount of revenue as the previous two years combined. This return can be attributed to CD Projekt Red's dedication to fixing the game.

In 2023, they released a major update, Patch 2.0, along with the long-awaited Phantom Liberty expansion. This update addressed many of the technical issues that plagued the launch, finally delivering the polished experience fans originally expected.

The improved performance, along with the exciting new content added by Phantom Liberty, has reignited interest in the game. The turnaround was dramatic. Cyberpunk 2077 is no longer a buggy mess, but a well-functioning and immersive open-world adventure.

Many reviewers now consider the enhanced version a strong contender for game of the year. With continued support and potential future expansions, Cyberpunk 2077 has the potential to join the ranks of billion dollar gaming franchises.

However, the road to redemption was not smooth. The first launch damaged the reputation of the game, which led to a loss of sales in 2021. It serves as a warning to developers, and the current multi-year work on certain games is definitely a product of this mistake.

Therefore, one of the most anticipated games, The Witcher, produced by the same studio, will surely take a long time before we play it.