Cyberpunk 2077 has hit its highest concurrent player count on Steam since January 2021. CD Projekt Red’s latest made a comeback with 85,000+ active users on the platform as of Monday, according to unrelated database SteamDB. At launch – December 2020 – the game had over a million concurrent players, which were soon shut down, thanks to numerous complaints about glitches and optimization issues. The sudden jump in popularity can be attributed to the critical reception the new Netflix anime cyberpunk edgerunners have received.
In collaboration with Studio Trigger, CD Projekt RED recently expanded its Cyberpunk 2077 universe with the new anime, Cyberpunk Edgerunners. The 10-episode series was released on September 13, leading to a positive turnout in the number of players. This will be the second time that Polish developers will be able to increase sales of the game by capitalizing on Netflix’s adaptation – much after the launch.
Previously, the studio saw similar results with The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, as the Henry Cavill-led live-action series dropped on Netflix, inspiration to many players To jump back into the imaginary realm.
Cyberpunk 2077 has clearly seen a resurgence this year, with developers working over the past 20 months on patches to fix game-breaking issues across PC and consoles. The game saw a disastrous launch on PS4, featuring brutally low framerates and crashes, where Sony had to remove the game from its online store. It was eventually brought back in June 2021, but with a caveat that the game was best experienced on PS4 Pro and PS5. Since then, the title has seen several improvements, in addition to refreshed content.
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Earlier this month, in celebration of the anime launch, CD Projekt Red unveiled some in-game swag, including a shotgun from the anime and a Legendary Jacket. Titled Patch 1.6, the update added three new gigs – Concrete Cage Trap, Desperate Remedy, and Nasty Hangover. Cross-progression was also enabled on all platforms, allowing you to launch a PC save file on the console (or vice versa), and pick up where you left off.
Night City Wire The broadcast also saw the reveal of Cyberpunk 2077’s first major DLC, Phantom Liberty. The expansion brings back Keanu Reeves as Johnny Silverhand, and sets your character, V, on a path to build allegiance to the “New United States of America.” The teaser hinted at the rise of the oppressive regime in Night City, lots of dead government officials, battles using an electric whip, and a new mystery character. More details about it will be available closer to its launch in 2023. The expansion will be on PC, Xbox Series S/X and PS5.