Almost two years after Cyberpunk 2077’s release (opens in new tab) Might finally hit the ground running: CD Projekt says the game has attracted more than a million “new and returning players” every day this week.
“Every day this week in Night City, 1 million players visited, both new and returning,” the Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account revealed. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for playing with us. Thanks, Chooms!”
Every day this week, Night City was visited by 1 million players, both new and returning. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being with us and playing the game. Thanks, Choms! 💛 pic.twitter.com/zqggblztF8September 21, 2022
These are obviously multi-platform numbers, but Cyberpunk 2077 has also seen a real uptick in numbers on Steam.according to steam map (opens in new tab), the average concurrent player count for Cyberpunk has more than doubled over the past month, from 10,411 in August to 22,911 over the past 30 days. The peak concurrent player count was even higher, up from 18,695 in August to 89,387 over the past 30 days.
That’s a far cry from the jaw-dropping player count at launch — the average concurrent player count on PC was 332,395 in December 2020, and it peaked at over 830,000 — but it’s still the number Cyberpunk 2077 has seen since February 2021 Best performance since, the true extent of this cyberpunk debacle has completely fallen into place. (In case you forgot, Sony took the extraordinary step of pulling the game off the PlayStation Store (opens in new tab) Two months ago, because that was an alert level five.It took a full six months before it was allowed to re-enter (opens in new tab).)
Cyberpunk 2077 player count first started climbing in early September (opens in new tab), which coincides with the Netflix debut of the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners animation. Edgerunners are a hit immediately (opens in new tab) Well received by critics and audiences alike: our own Wes Fenlon described it as “a surprisingly engaging gutter-level view of Night City” and said it made him want to try the game again (opens in new tab). Apparently, he wasn’t alone in feeling this way.
This isn’t the first time a CD Projekt game has benefited from a Netflix spinoff: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt tops 100,000 concurrent players on Steam in January 2020 (opens in new tab) For the first time ever — nearly five years after it launched — it’s largely due to the success of the “Witcher” series on Netflix, which debuted last month.
Of course, Netflix isn’t the only reason people try Cyberpunk 2077.The game has also improved over the 21 months since its initial release thanks to multiple updates, most recently with the 1.6 “Edgerunners” update (opens in new tab), fixes numerous bugs and performance issues, and adds new options, including the long-awaited transmog system.It’s too early for me to intervene – the terrible cops in Cyberpunk 2077 are still a work in progress (opens in new tab), for example, more bug fixes and content including full expansions are sure to keep coming – but overall, Cyberpunk 2077 should now look like it did two years ago. For Edgerunners viewers who don’t know the game’s ugly history, or anyone tired of waiting, this isn’t a bad place to start.