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Cyberpunk 2077 racked up 8m pre-orders, 74% were digital

PC accounted for 59%, making CD Projekt Red's blockbuster the platform's biggest launch of all time

CD Projekt Red has released some launch day statistics for Cyberpunk 2077, reporting the game reached eight million pre-orders.

The figures were revealed by a series of tweets from the Polish developer's investor relations Twitter account.

As could be expected during the year of a pandemic, the vast majority of these pre-orders -- 74%, according to the studio -- were for digital versions, accounting for around 5.9 million units.

This has partly been driven by how strong interest was on PC, which accounted for 59% of all pre-orders.

That puts the number of PC players with a copy of Cyberpunk ready to go at launch at 4.72 million -- smashing the record for fastest-selling PC game set by World of Warcraft's Shadowlands expansion just last week.

Factor in any additional purchases today, and Cyberpunk 2077 is certain to leave Shadowlands' 3.7 million day one sales far behind.

The remaining console pre-orders reached over three million -- although, again, this does not take into account any sales made today.

It's also possible some consumers are opting for PC, which is the high-end SKU with the most advanced graphics, since the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S upgrade will not be available until next year.

Earlier today, it was reported Cyberpunk 2077 broke the single-player record for number of concurrent Steam users within two hours of launch.

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