Cyberpunk 2077 pre-orders are apparently visibly higher than The Witcher 3

Written by Chad Norton on Tue, Dec 1, 2020 10:00 AM
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Hey what a surprise, one of the biggest and most anticipated games in the last decade is seeing more pre-orders than any game before that CD Projekt Red has developed. In a recent Q3 earnings call, CFO Piotr Nielubowicz said that Cyberpunk 2077’s pre-orders are “visibly higher” when compared to The Witcher 3.

We are really happy about the preorder level right now is visibly higher than anything we had shipped on The Witcher and it keeps increasing at the expected pace comparing to The Witcher sales, historically. So, from just perspective, everything goes according to the plan and the results are really good.

Additionally, CDPR has seen a significant chunk of those Cyberpunk 2077 pre-orders as digital rather than physical copies: “the expected ratio between digital and physical on our sales, as we see it on preorders, digital is very strong,” Nielubowicz said, “how far we'll go? We honestly speaking do not know, definitely farther than we had on The Witcher 3 and definitely more than 50% should come from the digital channel.

Of course, this isn’t all that surprising as digital sales start to become more prevalent than physical copies, and as time goes on games generally go on more digital sales than their physical counterparts. But a large part of pre-orders being digital shows there is a shift happening within the industry and audiences.

The history of Witcher 3 shows the longer the game is on the markets, the more -- the split shifts towards digital again. On Witcher 3, it's vast majority. And on Witcher 2 and 1, it's -- let's say 99% of the revenues we generate are digital. So, this is the only direction that can be expected in that near and longer term.

Finally, the deferred revenue (money received for goods that have not yet been earned) for Q3 2020 increased by PLN 77.7 million - which is approximately $20.7 million - and is apparently “the biggest increase of deferred revenues we ever experienced,” obviously in no thanks directly to pre-orders of CP2077.

What do you think? Have you pre-ordered Cyberpunk 2077? Was it a digital or physical copy? Do you normally go digital or physical? Let us know!

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21:50 Dec-03-2020

With CDPR it might be okay, but in general it is never a good idea to hand over money before seeing some reviews.

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19:27 Dec-02-2020

I only pre-ordered Mass Effect 2 then The Witcher 3 (collector's ed) and now CP 2077. All physical editions.

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13:13 Dec-02-2020

I didn't pre-order The Witcher 3 because it was included with the purchase of my graphic card back then. however, I am going to pre-order CyberPunk 2077 in the upcoming days, to be able to preload, and play instantly when it releases.

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06:39 Dec-02-2020

I pre-order Witcher's 3 Collectors Edition as soon as it was announced.Loved the Witcher 2 and i didn't hesitate for a moment.And physical all the way.Cyberpunk will be played,but way down in to next year,after all expansions, dlc's, patches,etc...
Also pre-ordered Darksiders II,III and "Genesis" because i loved the first so much.

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21:55 Dec-01-2020

I pretty much never preorder games, but the GOG version was on sale for $50 and I planned on buying it anyways so why not

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19:03 Dec-01-2020

People are just afraid that it might be out of stock instantly ;O

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19:27 Dec-01-2020

+1

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06:33 Dec-02-2020

Truuuuuuuuuuue

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13:16 Dec-02-2020

Speaking solely about PC: Can digital copies be out of stock? I know through third party sellers they might be out of stock, but GoG and Steam should always have them on stock, right?

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13:15 Dec-01-2020

Considering the game is so hyped and anticipated it's no wonder. CD Project Red made a great name for them selves with highly acclaimed Witcher series, and the cyberpunk fantasy theme appeals to wide audience. So people just want to have it. The wonders of human psychology.

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11:46 Dec-01-2020

Honestly The Witcher 3 was not even near my radar. Only a few years after release after seeing the reviews I decided to give it a try. I loved it after installing 70 something mods to make it more comfortable to play. Even then it took me 2 years to finish. I'm massive Cyberpunk Theme fan though so I'm eager to try this out since there's nothing else like this with such an expansive open world to explore. Nothing to do with CDPR involvement.

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10:52 Dec-01-2020

imagine the suprise, as far as i know The Witcher 3 becam popular because people liked the game so only after its release, till then most people didnt even know who is cdpr

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11:34 Dec-01-2020

Agreed. I only played TW3 after its launch when my friend recommended it after he got it free with a GTX 970 purchase. Otherwise I wouldn't have known...

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03:46 Dec-02-2020

I remember playing Witcher 2 on launch and thought wtf kind of rpg is this?Who made this, CDPR who?? I played some more and it turned out actually good, not in terms of rpg mechanics but for story. Anyhow, I forgot CDPR again till Witcher 3

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