By: Nick Gambino
After a disastrous launch plagued by absurd glitches, Cyberpunk 2077 has finally gotten on track. They are now pulling in one million players a day.
“Each day of this week Night City has been visited by one million players, both new and returning,” CD Projekt Red celebrated in a tweet. “We wanted to use this opportunity to thank you for being with us and playing the game. Thanks, Chooms!”
It’s been a long and hard road for the action role-playing game. There was a ton of excitement ahead of the initial launch in 2020, built up after years of stellar marketing from the company. But when Cyberpunk 2077 finally dropped, the wind quickly left the proverbial sails. Glitches were running rampant in Night City and none of them were intentional.
It was released on multiple platforms including Stadia, Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but these latter two consoles had the most problems with bugs running wild. The PC version was a whole different experience and so consumers were divided as to whether or not Cyberpunk 2077 was a good game.
If you were one of the unlucky gamers to play it on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 in December 2020, you would have come smack up against brick walls or maybe you’d encounter the glitch that allowed you to walk right through them. It was truly a spectacle. Items would appear out of nowhere and characters would behave in non-intentional but hilarious ways.
The video below highlights exactly what I mean. From walking headless corpses to floating severed arms, it played like a bad dream. It would have been okay if it didn’t straight up the mess with the gameplay, but it made it unbearable, especially if you had been waiting on this game for years.
CD Projekt Red quickly started releasing patches to fix some of these glitches, but it took a while to sort everything out. It was so bad that a week after release, Sony went so far as to delist the game from the PlayStation Store and offer refunds to anyone who purchased the game from them. Class-action lawsuits from investors soon followed and it was just a giant clusterpuck.
Fast forward to today and Cyberpunk 2077 is back on track. They’ve largely ousted the bugs and glitches, sold more than 18 million copies since their launch, and are enjoying a healthy one million players a day. All is well in Night City.