Practically two years after its troubled launch, Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) might lastly be hitting its stride: CD Projekt mentioned that the sport has drawn in more than a million players, “new and returning,” each day this week.
“Every day of this week Night time Metropolis has been visited by 1 million players, each new and returning,” the Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account revealed. “We needed to make use of this chance to thanks for being with us and taking part in the sport. Thanks, Chooms!”
Every day of this week Night time Metropolis has been visited by 1 million players, each new and returning. We needed to make use of this chance to thanks for being with us and taking part in the sport. Thanks, Chooms! 💛 pic.twitter.com/zqggblztF8(*1*)September 21, 2022
These are clearly multiplatform numbers, however Cyberpunk 2077 is additionally seeing an actual uptick in numbers on Steam particularly. In line with Steamcharts (opens in new tab), Cyberpunk’s common concurrent participant rely has more than doubled over the previous month, from 10,411 in August to 22,911 by means of the final 30 days. The height concurrent participant rely is up even larger, from 18,695 in August to 89,387 over the previous 30 days.
That is a far cry from the eye-watering participant counts at launch—the common concurrent participant rely in December 2020 on PC was 332,395, and it peaked at over 830,000—however nonetheless represents Cyberpunk 2077’s greatest efficiency since February 2021, a degree at which the true extent of the Cyberpunk debacle had totally sunk in. (In case you’d forgotten, Sony took the extraordinary step of eradicating the sport from the PlayStation Retailer (opens in new tab) two months earlier as a result of it was such a five-alarm mess. It took a full six months earlier than it was allowed again in (opens in new tab).)
Cyberpunk 2077’s participant numbers first started climbing upward in early September (opens in new tab), coinciding with the debut of the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime on Netflix. Edgerunners was an instantaneous hit (opens in new tab) with critics and viewers alike: Our personal Wes Fenlon described it as “a surprisingly compelling gutter-level view of Night time Metropolis” and mentioned it made him need to give the sport one other shot (opens in new tab). Clearly, he wasn’t alone in that feeling.
This is not the primary time a CD Projekt sport has benefitted from a Netflix spinoff: In January 2020, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt broke 100,000 concurrent players on Steam (opens in new tab) for the primary time ever—practically 5 full years after it launched—thanks primarily to the success of The Witcher collection on Netflix, which had debuted the earlier month.
After all, Netflix is not the one purpose that individuals are giving Cyberpunk 2077 a strive. The sport has additionally improved in the 21 months because it first launched because of a number of updates, most not too long ago the 1.6 “Edgerunners” replace (opens in new tab), which have fastened a plethora of bugs and efficiency points, and added new choices together with a long-awaited transmog system. It is nonetheless a little bit too quickly for me to leap in—an overhaul of Cyberpunk 2077’s woefully-borked police is nonetheless in the works (opens in new tab), for example, and more bug fixes and content material together with a full-on enlargement are certain to maintain coming—however total, Cyberpunk 2077 would now appear to be in the form it ought to have been two years in the past. For Edgerunners viewers unaware of the sport’s ugly historical past, or anybody who’s simply uninterested in ready, that is not a nasty place to start out.