Cyberpunk 2077 is seeing more players than it has since launch

Long troubled sci-fi action RPG Cyberpunk 2077 is experiencing something of a comeback, almost two years since it was released on PC and consoles. CD Projekt has revealed in a tweet that the game has seen one million players every day this week so far, across all platforms. They say this number includes players new to Night City as well as those returning. I’ve never played it, so don’t look at me.

Cyberpunk 2077 was featured in the RTX 4000 series reveal earlier this week.

As Eurogamer reported last week, Cyberpunk’s concurrent player count has been increasing enough to make it one of the most played games on Steam. In the last 24 hours, SteamDB shows that the game peaked at 86,130 concurrent players. Just a month ago, the number was around 16,000, and the growing number of players does not seem to be leveling off. Twitch views for the game also rose from the low thousands to nearly 70,000 at the start of September.

A few things could explain this sudden jump. One would be the arrival of the Edgerunners update to coincide with Netflix’s well-received anime series of the same name, set in the Cyberpunk world of 2077. It’s likely that Edgerunners, bobbing its head up and down on people’s TVs dashboards, has drawn some more attention to the game along with the update itself. Also looming is the promise of Cyberpunk’s first and only single-player story expansion, Phantom Liberty, finally revealed at the beginning of this month and scheduled for 2023.

Cyberpunk 2077 has also been featured among this week’s NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4000 series announcements, which you can see in the trailer above. The game gets an Overdrive mode that picks up things like neon signs, street lights, car headlights and billboards with fancy ray tracing. It will also take advantage of DLSS 3 support to significantly boost frame rates. You can read more about all that here.

Graham reviewed Cyberpunk 2077 when it launched back in late 2020, calling it a beautiful and broken mess. “Cyberpunk 2077 is huge, sprawling, complex and deeply flawed,” he said. “It’s best as a fairly straightforward single-player action game with likable characters and exciting capers in a fascinatingly detailed open world that looks better than anything before it. It’s at its worst if you want it to be an RPG , an approach-as-you-please Deus Ex sequel, or a polished piece of software.”

There have been efforts to fix the problems with Cyberpunk. The game already saw another bump in concurrent players back in February when the 1.5 update was pushed out. Graham took another run through Night City then, but felt the game’s strengths and weaknesses were still intact. “Beyond these straightforward fixes, Cyberpunk 2077 remains a messy, mediocre RPG when it comes to the way its combat and progression mesh,” he said. “While 1.5’s tweaks to these systems provide marginal improvements, it does not – and likely cannot – fully address the issues.”

Cyberpunk 2077 is on Steam, GOG and the Epic Games Store for £50/$60/€60. There is 50% on all storefronts until September 25.

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