Cyberpunk 2077’s Phantom Liberty expansion has surpassed 5 million units sold since its release in 2023, according to announcements from developer CD Projekt Red. This makes it one of the best-selling expansions of the year, demonstrating the continued interest in Cyberpunk 2077 despite its rocky launch.
High Sales Driven by New Content and Improvements
Phantom Liberty introduces a new story arc starring Idris Elba as an important new character. It also adds new weapons, cyberware upgrades, vehicles, customization options, and side activities.
However, the expansion wasn’t just relying on content additions to drive sales. Since launch, CD Projekt Red has released numerous patches and hotfixes to fix bugs, optimize performance, and improve gameplay. This long-term commitment to improving the core Cyberpunk 2077 experience likely rebuilt goodwill with players and convinced them to return for Phantom Liberty.
Key Cyberpunk 2077 Improvements Since Launch
| Bugs/Glitches | Fixed over 1,000 bugs reducing crashes and gameplay issues
| Optimization | Improved framerates, load times, and stability on all platforms
| AI/NPCs | Enhanced civilian and police AI behavior and reactions
| Immersion | Added new ambient NPC behaviors and world events
Critical Praise and Strong Word-of-Mouth
In addition to the steady stream of updates, Phantom Liberty has earned widespread critical acclaim for delivering an engaging narrative expansion and showcasing the potential of Cyberpunk 2077.
As PCGamer wrote in awarding it the “Best Expansion of 2023”:
“Phantom Liberty makes it clear that there was always an amazing game buried inside Cyberpunk 2077…the expansion sets a new bar for reactive NPC behavior and player choice consequence in open world games.”
This strong critical response generated even more buzz around the expansion, likely convincing skeptical fans burnt by the original launch to purchase Phantom Liberty.
What’s Next for Cyberpunk 2077?
With Phantom Liberty proving to be a sales hit, the future looks brighter for Cyberpunk 2077. According to CEO Adam Kiciński, more singleplayer expansions are a possibility:
“We’re fully committed to the singleplayer Cyberpunk experience…if this expansion does well, we will consider making more.”
The team also continues working on free updates like new weapons, apartments, and customization options to provide ongoing support.
Multiplayer integration remains in the planning stages after being delayed indefinitely post-launch. But with Phantom Liberty’s success, CD Projekt Red may accelerate multiplayer plans again.
For now, Night City’s future looks vibrant again with excited fans awaiting what’s next. CD Projekt Red has demonstrated that with commitment and quality content, they can regain trust and build enthusiasm even after a launch disaster. If they continue nurturing Cyberpunk 2077 like they did in 2023, it is sure to thrive for years to come.
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