Cyberpunk 2077 has much to thank the recent Edgerunners update and Netflix adaptation for. The Netflix animated show titled Cyberpunk: Edgerunners was recently released and critically acclaimed by not only the fans of the game but general watchers as well.
- Cyberpunk 2077 almost reached 70000 concurrent players on Steam.
- Mainly due to Edgerunners and the game being on sale.
- Currently the best-selling game on Steam.
CD Projekt also released the Edgerunners update which adds some things from the show into the game. Indubitably, the success of the show drove old fans back to the game to check for the new Edgerunners content and enticed those who watched the show to buy the game.
Couple that with the fact that Cyberpunk is currently on sale and a new enticing DLC was announced, it would be no surprise to think that it really has achieved this.
According to SteamDB, as can be seen, Cyberpunk almost reached a concurrent player count of 70000. As of the time of writing, it stands strong at 67,791 concurrent players, with the 24-hour peak being 68,394. Meaning that the highest number of concurrent players it had in the last 24 hours.
Interesting to note is that the highest number of concurrent players it had was on its launch in January 2021, almost two years ago. At that time it reached a concurrent player count of 1,054,388 or 1 million players playing the game at the same time, which is quite fascinating.
It should also be noted that currently, it is the second game with a concurrent player count past 1 million, with the other title being Lost Ark, which is a multiplayer game so that isn’t entirely surprising even though the player count is so high.
Cyberpunk is also the first single-player game in Steam history to reach and go beyond the 1 million mark, followed by Elden Ring at an all-time high of 953,426.
By no means is this surge in players a mere coincidence or happenstance. The high player count can be attributed to the fact that Cyberpunk is currently on sale, and selling like hotcakes. It’s currently second in Steam’s Global Top Sellers, behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II preorders.
The renewed interest in Cyberpunk is due to several factors. One is that the game recently got a Netflix adaptation titled Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, with a different story set in the same place as the game, Night City.
Upon release, the series was critically acclaimed and this may have caught the eyes of players who may have not played the game previously.
Additionally, it was announced by CD Projekt that the game would receive a story expansion and special Edgerunners-themed goodies in-game, an update that was titled Edgerunners after the show.
Moreover, the fact that the game is on sale and can be bought for cheap further enticed people to buy it. The recent 1.6 patches also added a lot of improvements, another good contributing factor.
Interesting to note is that God of War has also enjoyed a surge in sales likely due to it being on sale and renewed interest in it due to the impending release of the sequel, Ragnarok.
Metal: Hellsinger, which was also a much-anticipated indie, seems to be enjoying good sales as it sits currently in the 7th position.
The Judgement Collection, which bundles Judgement and Lost Judgement for PC is on 9th mainly because it was made available only very recently as the games had not been released on PC before.
From the makers of the widely critically acclaimed Witcher 3, CD Projekt Red has crafted the world of Cyberpunk 2077, which can be massive and overwhelming at times. The game boasts a sprawling open-world chock-full of Gigs to do, the best weapons to acquire, and many bizarre NPCs to meet along the way.
However, not everything was smooth sailing for the game. It was first announced in 2012 and teased in 2013, but no information was revealed for years.
This was likely due to the developer CD Projekt Red being involved heavily in developing Witcher 3: Wild Hunt first and then its extensive DLC expansions Hearts of Stone, and Blood and Wine.
Afterward, the developer turned its attention back to Cyberpunk, but the game had a rocky launch. Though the game was lauded for its gameplay, it was rife with bugs and other issues including running very badly on older gen consoles, that lead to much derision from fans.
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