Sci-fi action RPG with long-standing problems cyberpunk 2077 is experiencing something of a comeback, almost two years since it was released for PC and consoles. CD Projekt has revealed in a cheep that the game has seen a million players every day this week so far, across all platforms. They say this figure includes players new to Night City, as well as returning ones. I’ve never played it, so don’t look at me.
What eurogamer reported last week, Cyberpunk’s number of concurrent players has increased enough to make it one of the most played games on Steam. In the last 24 hours, Steam DB shows that the game peaked at 86,130 concurrent players. Just a month ago, the number hovered around 16,000, and the growing number of players doesn’t appear to be leveling off. Twitch views for the game also increased from thousands to nearly 70,000 in early September.
A few things could explain this sudden jump. One would be the arrival of Edgerunners Update to match that of Netflix Well received anime series of the same name, set in the world of Cyberpunk 2077. Edgerunners bobbing their heads up and down the boards on people’s televisions have likely brought 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 earlier this month and scheduled for 2023.
Cyberpunk 2077 was also featured among this week’s NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4000 series announcements, as you can see in the trailer above. The game is getting an Overdrive mode that illuminates things like neon signs, street lights, car headlights, and billboards with fancy ray tracing. You’ll also benefit from DLSS 3 support for substantially increased frame rates. You can read more about all that here.
graham reviewed Cyberpunk 2077 when it launched in late 2020, calling it 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 likeable characters and exciting adventures in a fascinatingly detailed open world that looks better than any game before it. It’s worse if you want it to be an RPG, a successor to Deus Ex that can be approached at will, or a polished piece of software.”
There have been efforts to rectify the problems with Cyberpunk. The game already saw another hit in concurrent players in February, when the 1.5 update was expelled. graham took Another race through Night City then, but felt the game’s strengths and weaknesses were still intact. “Beyond these simple fixes, Cyberpunk 2077 remains a messy, mediocre RPG when it comes to the ways in which combat and progression are intertwined,” he said. “While 1.5’s tweaks to those systems make marginal improvements, it doesn’t fully address the issues, and probably won’t be able to.”