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Cyberpunk 2077’s resurgence has cleared Witcher 3’s all-time concurrent players record
Netflix anime Cyberpunk Edgerunners is being credited with the increase
The recent Cyberpunk 2077 resurgence has now seen the game register a higher concurrent player count on Steam than The Witcher 3’s all-time record.
As noticed by analyst @BenjiSales, the game has attracted 104,827 players concurrently, whereas The Witcher 3’s all-time peak player count is 103,329.
The recent spike in players follows the launch of the game’s 1.6 patch, which added various new features and improvements, and coincides with a half-price discount on Steam.
The Cyberpunk 2077 anime, Edgerunners, also debuted on Netflix last week and has been receiving very favourable reviews from critics and the general public.
The Witcher 3’s peak count was also in response to the game’s Netflix adaptation, however, Edgerunners appears to have influenced a higher number of players to pick up the game.
Cyberpunk 2077 reached a peak concurrent player count of 1,054,388 when the game launched, but in recent months prior to the patch, the game was attracting on average around 20,000 to 30,000 players.
It’s worth noting that these numbers don’t include the console versions of the game, each of which received a current generation patch earlier in the year.
Responding to the game’s growing player count, Cyberpunk 2077 quest director Paweł Sasko said this week: “Thank you so much chooms for this second chance.”
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty — Official Teaser
CD Projekt claimed in April that Cyberpunk 2077 had sold over 18 million copies – up from 13 million reported during the game’s launch month.
Cyberpunk 2077’s first expansion, Phantom Liberty, was announced in early September. It will be released for PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and Stadia in 2023.
CD Projekt said Phantom Liberty is the only planned expansion for the game, but that it remains “fully committed” to building the Cyberpunk IP beyond the DLC’s release.
The company also said it had made the “difficult decision” to not develop Phantom Liberty for PS4 and Xbox One “as the scope for the expansion makes releasing it for previous-gen consoles technologically challenging without compromising player experience”.
Phantom Liberty is billed as “a spy-thriller expansion for Cyberpunk 2077 set in an all new district of Night City”.