So it's coming up to two months since Cyberpunk 2077 was pulled from the PlayStation Store, which in my opinion was the peak of the disastrous launch. Online discourse was at an all time high and you really couldn't escape conversation – positive or negative – about this game. As the weeks went by though, and I assume as more people have finished the game, I feel like conversation has basically… stopped? Outside of the occasional meme I see, I'm not seeing a lot of passion for this game or this franchise in the gaming community at least.
This seems to be reflected in sales; Cyberpunk went from #2 on the NPDs in December to #18 in January. While some might think the banishment from the PS Store would be a main driver of the decline, Cyberpunk's numbers don't include digital sales at all. On top of that, there were no new big game releases in January, so competition isn't what's driving these numbers either. February's numbers might be a better indicator if this is actually a trend or if the game was just really negatively impacted by all the press in the holiday season and there's bounce-back potential.
That begs the question, does Cyberpunk have staying power?
Perhaps the answer is different for the game and franchise. 2077 might be done as a game unless there's substantial improvements to bring back enthusiasm from players setting the stage for a mini-redemption in GOTY season (things like art design or music might be able to pick up a few awards here and there), but I find it difficult to see how this happens without a SUBSTANTIAL update to the game that at least makes it run better for older platforms. Unfortunately, there's been no information on the second patch which is still supposed to release this month (they only have 7 days left), so I don't have a lot of confidence that will happen.
Maybe they can turn it around for the next game in the franchise, but I feel like they have a conundrum where the sequel will have to overdeliver to compensate for the disappointment around this game, but I can't imagine that the development team will have a bigger budget, more time, and the right personnel to make this happen. If this is the case, I'm not sure if this series will be a runaway success like The Witcher franchise has come to be, but might hit consistent numbers a la Ubisoft, which still isn't bad, but expectations will need to be adjusted.
Curious to hear what you guys think, could be completely missing the mark here.
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