Cyberpunk 2077 sales: Rust dethrones CD Projekt Red's opus as the best-selling game of the week

Cyberpunk 2077 sales may not be as strong as its developers at CD Projekt Red had hoped, with the game already dethroned on the best-seller charts by an unlikely rival - an indie game called Rust has now taken the top spot.

Of course, there are numerous reasons why Cyberpunk 2077 sales could have taken a dip, with reports of glitches and bugs leading to Sony and Microsoft both offering current-gen players a refund if they paid for the game on PS4 or Xbox One.

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But still, the fact that Cyberpunk 2077 has already fallen from the pinnacle of the charts is still something of a surprise, considering how much of massive release it was. Here's what you need to know...

Steam sales stats show Rust defeated Cyberpunk 2077

The fine folks over at the NME have spotted, per the official 'top seller' stats at SteamDB, that Rust is the best-selling game on Steam right now. It was fourth last week, but now it's number one, which means Cyberpunk 2077 has dropped off that top spot.

It was, apparently, a seven-week streak at the top of the charts for Cyberpunk 2077. This dip in fortunes could suggest that the first wave of PC players are getting to the point where they're finishing the game and putting it to the side as they wait for DLC.

After all, most of the glitches in Cyberpunk 2077 are attributed to the game's console version, so it wouldn't make sense to suggest that those errors have caused this dip in sales-chart prominence.

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Why is Rust suddenly so popular?

Rust, from Facepunch Studios, is a survival game that launched on Steam seven years ago. So you might be wondering, why is Rust enjoying Cyberpunk-smashing levels of chart success right now?

The answer is a fairly simple one: a whole load of popular streamers, including Shroud, have been playing the game on their streams, to the extent that over 1 million concurrent viewers were tuning into Rust content on Twitch on January 3rd 2021.

Shroud posted a video about a new Rust server just 11 hours ago (at the time of this article being written), so we'd wager that Rust could be sitting pretty for a little while.

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