May 23, 2022

Cyberpunk Release Confirmed 3 Times Q3 Report

CD Projekt Red confirm Cyberpunk release date to investors three times, amid record earnings from the Witcher 3 in Q3 earnings release

Cyberpunk

Today CD Projekt Red released its Q3 earnings report to their investors. Inside it confirms not once, not twice, but three times that the much anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 will absolutely, unquestionably, irrevocably launch on the most recently promised date of December 10th 2020. This comes against a host of reports of the game, and its PS4 footage recently witnessed in the wilderness. Surely, then this really must seal the deal.

There has been growing noise around the upcoming release. It’s astounding Cyberpunk didn’t pick up “Most Anticipated Game” at the recent Golden Joysticks. And amid the fanfare and ceaseless ruckus you’d be forgiven for thinking CDPR are a one trick pony. This couldn’t be further from the truth. CD Projekt Red also confirmed that The Witcher franchise had sold 24 million PNL in the last quarter alone. That’s over $6.1m for a series which last released a game over 5 years ago in 2015.

The Old Guard: Geralt of Rivia keeps on giving as sales of the Witcher 3 grow year on year

Revenue from product sales owned by the group contributed the most to the quarterly results, the best in recent history. CDPR saw growth of 31% year on year. Revenue increased from 47m PLM to 62m PLN from the same period in 2019. In the release, CDPR attribute this increase to three key reasons;

1. Licensing royalties associated with ongoing strong sales of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt together with its expansions – Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine, sold separately as well as in the Game of the Year Edition bundle;
2. Royalties related to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Nintendo Switch;
3. Royalties related to digital sales in the framework of GWENT: The Witcher Card Game and Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales.

Naturally the report goes into much more detail, and I’ll leave it to the intrepid reader to sate their curiosity with the bulk of the info. But, whilst The Witcher might be minding the shop (and doing a damn fine job of it), it’s the imminent launch of Cypberpunk 2077 that will be taking care of CDPR for many years to come. Should the game meet the dizzying expectations of a growingly impatient fan base, of course.

CyberPUNK’d?

Perhaps it is the sceptic in me that questions why then, if confidence is high at CDPR HQ, does it confirm the supposedly already confirmed release date a further three times in the report. This is surely done in an attempt to reassure, or even pacify nervous shareholders. They too, have no doubt been feeling the widespread unease following repeated reports of crunch and delays on a game first unveiled in May 2012.

At the very least, it’s clear that CDPR have bet the bank on Cyberpunk, and it will be more than consumers marking the 10th of December in their diaries. As the old saying doesn’t quite go, fool me thrice, shame on me. But if CDPR fail to meet the upcoming deadline following this ultimate show of faith, the dystopian backdrop so delicately constructed for Cyberpunk might bare an unwelcome resemblance to the companies own future.

Cyberpunk 2077 is an upcoming action role-playing video game developed and published by CD Projekt. It is (currently) scheduled to be released for Microsoft WindowsPlayStation 4PlayStation 5StadiaXbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on 10 December 2020.

The full report is accessible on CDPRs website, here.


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