A large mural with an advertisement for the much anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 game by CD Projekt Red is seen in Warsaw, Poland on January 5, 2021. Cyberpunk 2077 was hailed as the 2020's most anticipated game however glitches in the game's first release led to deep disappointment with fans. After nearly a decade of hyped anticipation critics blaimed bugs in the game on mismangement within the company with investors threatening a class action suit. The large amount of serious complaints even led Sony to offer Playstation customers a refund despite this not being part of the terms of service. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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It’s No Secret Why Cyberpunk 2077 Lost Almost All Of Its Playerbase Within a Month
CD Projekt RED's “Cyberpunk 2077” was widely anticipated in all corners of the industry, and when it finally released in December 2020, it sold over 13 million digital sales in its first weeks. Unfortunately, within a month, the game's player count — which at one point peaked at over 1 million concurrent players — completely tanked, due to several frustrating elements.
Despite being hotly anticipated, the launch of “Cyberpunk 2077” was bogged down in controversy pertaining to loads of bugs and glitches, as well as a laundry list of cut content. “Cyberpunk 2077” was then subject to so many refund requests that PlayStation booted the game from its online store, and a month after its release, it showed a 79% drop in total players.
Fortunately, the game received the “Edgerunners” update that coincided with the release of the Netflix prequel anime series “Cyberpunk 2077: Edgerunners.” The show was popular with viewers and critics, causing the game to see a huge resurgence in player numbers with a concurrent player count of around 90,000 after hovering around 10,000 for most of 2022.