Cyberpunk 2077 has been 3 times more successful than The Witcher 3 in net profit

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Apr 19, 2021 11:39 AM
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CD Projekt Red recently posted some of their projected earnings for investors for the financial year of 2020. The full results will come on April 22nd, but what they’ve revealed so far is an astonishing amount of revenue that trumps the studio’s critically acclaimed release of The Witcher 3 in 2015.

In 2020, CDPR reportedly earned 2,139 million PLN ($563 million) in total sales, resulting in a net profit of 1,154 million PLN ($304 million), mostly driven by sales for Cyberpunk 2077. That is a significantly higher revenue compared to 2015’s The Witcher 3, which earned 798 million PLN ($210 million) in total sales and 342 million PLN ($90 million) in net profit.

Here’s an easier way of visualizing the difference in launch years:

  2015 (The Witcher 3 launch year) 2020 (Cyberpunk 2077 launch year)
Total Sales $210 million $563 million
Net Profit $90 million $304 million

That means CP2077 has earned nearly 3 times as much as The Witcher III in total sales in launch year, and over 3 times as much in net profit. That’s not a huge surprise considering that Cyberpunk earned back all of its development and marketing costs in just 1 day, and was even the biggest game launch in PC history, among other broken records.

Although some may criticize the earnings by saying “what’s the point in fixing the game if they earn this much money anyway?” - a valid point, but CDPR has already reaffirmed their long-term commitment to fixing Cyberpunk2077, as well as still planning to release free DLC along with paid expansions.

The release of CP2077 has also changed the company’s perspective on releasing games in the future and to re-evaluate their game development strategies, by marketing games much closer to release now instead.

What do you think? Are you interested in more content for Cyberpunk 2077? What incentive does CDPR have to continue working on and fixing the game? Let us know your thoughts!

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08:52 Apr-21-2021

I have enjoyed CP 2077 & see that CDPR commitment to gamer' is hearsay as shareholders will always have the last word, unlike TW3 where every aspect was looked in thoroughly without being forced to release imo.

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13:40 Apr-20-2021

I think CP2077 is a very good game and CDPR are now a lot more popular. Plus the witcher 3 had sustained success, which is rare for games, I doubt CP2077 will have the same longevity as the Witcher 3, of course the first 6 months of sales are what turly matter, but still.
I still think the witcher is better than CP207

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22:30 Apr-19-2021

Of course it was, it was sold on lies, misleading and consequences be damned, it has to sell. Which also destroyed whole CDPR reputation, which is huge shame, since they worked really hard to build it up till they wrecked it in a single week. As for the game, first I want to see them actually to fix it and make it great game it was supposed to be before they cut 2 years of development.

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22:31 Apr-19-2021

After that extra content would be nice. I have zero trust in CDPR after going so hardcore on things you would expect from EA. But hopefully they will actually fix the game and make it good. I think all people who bought it sure deserve it.

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13:43 Apr-20-2021

That's why you shouldn't put emotions into companies. Judge products, not companies is what I go for. By definition a company is an entity that is there to make a profit, nothing more and nothing less and I think that if you treat a company like something other than that, you will be disappointed.

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13:43 Apr-20-2021

I still think CP2077 is a very good game, bugs aside, but it's not nearly as good as it could have been and definitely not as good as the witcher series.

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22:46 Apr-20-2021

Yeah, that is why I always say companies aren't your friends. Still, when they go too far, I will complain about it. While goal is indeed to make as much money as possible, there is limit to where you go beyond anything even remotely acceptable. And CDPR went far into that dark territory. Like point of sports is to win, right? CDPR was like that dude who drugged himself to victory at any price.

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22:48 Apr-20-2021

As for CP2077, that is the most disappointing thing, right? That under all that mess of unfinished systems, just badly done rushed systems and bugs, there actually is great game. Just waiting for CDPR to put those 2 years of cut development in to unleash it in its full glory. And it is such a shame, like all this could have been avoided if game came out in early access.

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22:50 Apr-20-2021

And I would be far more forgiving, if it did. Baldur's Gate 3 came very broken in early access. And I never said anything about Larian, because they where honest. And that too felt like good game I have to revisit when it gets more fixes. Or maybe I should give it revisit already. But thing is, it was equally broken, but I was fine with that. I bought early access game and got exactly that.

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17:35 Apr-21-2021

Early access is an excuse, unless it's free until released, but that isn't possible with a game like cp2077. A closed beta or a demo would have been a better option.

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22:48 Apr-21-2021

Excuse or not, it still lets you know what you are getting yourself into. Yeah, sure I would love to see games release without bugs, but since that is not happening at least some honesty is nice. Plus with internet being a thing, they can patch things up. And to be fair, anything is an option if you don't get caught into limiting yourself with old ways, even for CP2077.

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19:34 Apr-19-2021

i bet the redux version will be awsome

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18:37 Apr-19-2021

Now CDPR has enough money to fix CP2077 ground up

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18:28 Apr-19-2021

Maybe it earned more than The Witcher 3
But the reason it earned is The Witcher 3 reputation...

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14:54 Apr-19-2021

This tells us that the company does not have to make perfect product, they just need some good (over)marketing...

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15:46 Apr-19-2021

I hope that doesn't mean they're gonna quit repairing the game.

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16:03 Apr-19-2021

The game is unfinished, fixing the bugs wont do much. As webxplr said they just did good marketing for a meh product

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20:06 Apr-19-2021

Yeah,the adverts for this were everywhere,all the hype and Keanu Reeves helped a lot.Then came the release date...

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