Cyberpunk 2077 currently attracts over a million players every day. In a tweet, developer CD Projekt Red confirmed that Night City has seen a massive spike in traffic “every day this week” from both returning and new players. The one million figure is of course gathering data on both consoles and PC, with Steam hitting 86,130 concurrent players as of Wednesday, according to independent database SteamDB. After its disastrous start, Cyberpunk 2077 has had a resurgence – some of which could be attributed in part to the release of the Netflix anime Cyberpunk Edgerunners.
While most video game adaptations to the screen have been synonymous with poor reviews, Netflix’s latest cyberpunk Edgerunners seems to have broken the critically acclaimed stereotype. The 10-part series, which was released on September 13th, has reportedly generated positive reception for Cyberpunk 2077 on PC (Steam). However, the final count, which summarizes numbers collected from PlayStation and Xbox systems along with the Epic Games Store and CD Projekt Red GOG platforms, has not been announced. And while there are no exact details yet, it’s good to see that the developers’ efforts have paid off after launch.
Every day this week, Night City has been visited by 1 million players, both new and returning.
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being with us and playing the game. Thank you Chooms! 💛 pic.twitter.com/zqggblztF8
– Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) September 21, 2022
This would be the second time the Polish developers have been able to increase game sales by capitalizing on Netflix adaptations. The studio had previously achieved similar results with The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. When the second season of the live-action series directed by Henry Cavill fell, many players dropped out dived back into the realm of fantasy.
Cyberpunk 2077 was Steam’s best-selling title overall last week, which given the flawed state in which it was released is a massive crash to the extent that Sony had to step in. The game was pulled from the platform pending CD Projekt Red’s fix of the issues. It finally came back in June 2021, but with a warning that the game was best experienced on PS4 Pro and PS5.
More content is in the pipeline as developers have confirmed that Phantom Liberty, Cyberpunk 2077’s first major DLC, will not be available on last-gen consoles. Announced earlier this month, the expansion sees Keanu Reeves return in his role as Johnny Silverhand as we pledge allegiance to the ‘New United States of America’.
To celebrate the anime launch, CD Projekt Red revealed some Cyberpunk Edgerunners-themed in-game swags, including a shotgun and a Legendary jacket. The update, titled Patch 1.6, added three new gigs – Concrete Cage Trap, Desperate Measures, and Nasty Hangover. Cross-progression has also been enabled on all platforms, allowing you to launch PC save files on consoles (or vice versa) and pick up where you left off.
Cyberpunk 2077 is available now on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One and PC via Steam, Epic Games Store and GOG.