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Cyberpunk 2077 player base dropped three times faster than The Witcher 3

Published: 14:50, 05 January 2021
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CD Projekt Red’s RPG Cyberpunk 2077’s player base has declined by almost 80% on Steam in less than a month after its release, which is three times faster than it took its older cousin, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

CD Projekt Red’s ambitious RPG Cyberpunk 2077 had a successful launch if we look at the pre-order numbers and outstanding debut stats that put the game on the No.1 single-player game with one million concurrent players on Steam spot. 

The game was accompanied by an unprecedented hype and as many as eight million players pre-ordered the most-anticipated game in the modern gaming industry's history, everything seemed like a dream for a moment. However, what followed was a disaster, one might say. 

The guys from CDPR built their super-cool image with The Witcher series, but getting out of the world of fantasy and monsters into a dystopian future could cost them more than reputation because they found themselves in a cocktail of the lawsuit, refunds controversy, etc.

All of this could be the reason why less than a month after the game came out, the numbers of active players on Steam were plummeting and falling by an incredible 79%. 

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It's not uncommon for single-player games to drop dramatically after a while, but if we compare it with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we can see that it kept its players base active for more than three months before shrinking by the same percentage (79%).

In other words, the Cyberpunk 2077 player base dropped three times faster than the last CDPR game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. One of the culprits may also be poor optimization of the PC version, numerous bugs that are inevitable on any platform to play, or simply all together. The PC version is still on the best of three platforms (PS, Xbox, PC) but it requires a very good machine to run smoothly.

A lot of players don't like to reduce the details in favor of a higher framerate, so some may be waiting for a new patch update, bringing a better optimization along the way, and then a new spike in the number of active players on Steam could happen. 

There's a rumor floating around the interwebs from an alleged CDPR dev, that Cyberpunk 2077 is about to make a No Man's Sky type of comeback in June, so be sure to check it out HERE .

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