CD Projekt Red may have been forced to endure the backlash from disgruntled gamers, but the backlash from investors is even worse, hence their disclosure of estimated sales.
The studio posted the information on their website, and the legal basis for the disclosure of Cyberpunk 2077's estimated sales has been given as, "Art. 17 item 1 of the Market Abuse Regulation –inside information".
We're not exactly clear whether this has anything to do with the reported looming lawsuits by some investors, but it sure looks like it. Anyway, the report states:
"The Management Board of CD PROJEKT S.A. with a registered office in Warsaw (hereinafter referred to as “the Company”) hereby announces that, based on reports obtained from digital distribution platforms and data collected from physical distributors, it estimates that by 20 December inclusive gamers have purchased over 13 million copies of Cyberpunk 2077. 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 claim they've decided to disclose the above information due to its potential impact on investment-related decisions.
We're still talking about impressive figures, but Cyberpunk 2077 has become a contentious topic to even discuss lately. Its performance varies so wildly from platform to platform, that getting a PC player and a PS4 player to discuss whether its launch was a success is almost a guaranteed fistfight at the end.
There's been some talk of investors pondering legal action against the Polish developer on the grounds of misleading customers and investors alike. They're reportedly looking at the article 286 of the Polish penal code, i.e. misrepresentation in order to obtain financial benefits, and we hope for the studio's sake this doesn't end up in court.
You can find the document on CDPR's website .
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