The sci-fi and disruptive RPG Cyberpunk 2077 has long been seeing something of a comeback, nearly two years since its release on PC and consoles. CD Projekt revealed in a file tweet That game has seen a million players every day this week so far, across all platforms. They say this number includes new players in Night City, as well as those returning. I’ve never played it before, so don’t look at me.
As Eurogamer reported last week, Cyberpunk’s concurrent player numbers are up enough to make it one of the most played games on Steam. In the past 24 hours, SteamDB showed that the game peaked at 86,130 concurrent players. Just a month ago that number was around 16,000, and the growing number of players doesn’t seem to have leveled off. Twitch views of the game also increased from a low of thousands to nearly 70,000 at the beginning of September.
Few things can explain this sudden jump. One of them might be the arrival of an Edgerunners update to coincide with the well-received Netflix animated series of the same name set in the world of Cyberpunk 2077. It’s possible that Edgerunners bobbing its head up and down on people’s dashboards has drawn more attention to the game , along with the update itself. Also looming is the promise to expand the story of Cyberpunk’s first and only single player, Phantom Liberty, which was finally revealed at the beginning of this month and is scheduled for 2023.
Cyberpunk 2077 also featured in this week’s NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4000 series announcements, as you can see in the trailer above. The game gets an Overdrive mode that shapes things like neon signs, street lights, car headlights, and billboards with great ray tracing. It will also take advantage of DLSS 3 support to significantly boost frame rates. You can read more about all of that here.
Review Graham Cyberpunk 2077 when it launched at the end of 2020, describing it as a beautiful, broken mess. “Cyberpunk 2077 is huge, sprawling, complex, and deeply flawed,” he said. “It’s at its best as a fairly straightforward single-player action game, with lovable characters and an exciting senior in a wonderfully detailed open world that looks better than any game before it. It’s at its worst if you want it to be an RPG, or approach as you wish. , the successor to the Deus Ex, or a polished piece of software.”
There have been efforts to correct problems with Cyberpunk. The game actually saw another bump in concurrent players back in February, when the 1.5 update was pushed out. Graham took another run through Night City after that, but felt that the game’s strengths and weaknesses were still intact. “Far from these straightforward fixes, Cyberpunk 2077 remains a chaotic and mediocre RPG when it comes to the ways in which combat and progression are intertwined,” he said. “While 1.5 modifications to those systems make marginal improvements, they do not – and likely cannot – fully address the problems.”
Cyberpunk 2077 is available on Steam, GOG and the Epic Games Store for £50 / $60 / €60. 50% off on all storefronts through September 25th.