Developer CD Projekt Red has announced a new sales figure for Cyberpunk 2077. The embattled RPG sold more than 13 million copies as of December 20, which makes it one of the most successful RPG launches of all time.
CD Projekt Red said the number covers sales across all platforms, and it also factors in "returns submitted by retail clients in brick-and-mortar as well as digital storefronts." From the wording of the news release, it sounds like 13 million is the number of copies sold, including returns, except for those filed to CDPR when this news release went out.
Here is the exact wording that CDPR used: "This figure represents the estimated volume of retail sales across all hardware platforms (factoring in returns submitted by retail clients in brick-and-mortar as well as digital storefronts), i.e. the 'sell-through' figure, less all refund requests e-mailed directly to the Company by the publication date of this report in the framework of the 'Help Me Refund' campaign."
CDPR said it chose to disclose this information to help appease investors and shareholders. "The Management Board has decided to disclose the above information in the form of a current report due to its potential impact on investment-related decisions," the company said.
CDPR is a publicly traded company in Poland, and the company's share price has cratered since the release of Cyberpunk 2077, which in turn has cost the company's founders more than $1 billion in wealth.
CDPR previously disclosed that pre-orders for Cyberpunk 2077 reached 8 million by launch, so this suggests that the game sold an additional 5 million copies after release. The developer did not disclose the specific number of returns for Cyberpunk 2077.