The Witcher 3 had over 60,000 players on December 30, 2021, which is the biggest average peak since January 2020.
The Witcher 3 has always been one of the most popular singleplayer RPGs on Steam but the release of Netflix's The Witcher Season 2 has resulted in a massive influx of new and returning players. Yesterday, December 30, 2021, The Witcher 3 has recorded the biggest player peak since January 2020, shortly after the release of The Witcher Season 1 on Netflix.
There's certainly plenty of those who got into The Witcher thanks to Netflix's TV series and are now looking to get to know more about Geralt's adventure via the books or CD Projekt Red's video game series.
While the trilogy - The Witcher, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - are set after the events in the TV series and books and are not considered canon with regard to Sapkowski's work, they still have their own magic, especially the third game in the series, which is considered as one of the greatest RPGs of all time.
If you're looking to play The Witcher 3, you can do that without playing the first two games as the Wild Hunt has a separate story and it's not a direct sequel to the first two. Though there are some characters that you meet in all three games so certain events and dialogue may be confusing but despite that, you should understand most of the storyline.
The Witcher 3 is available on PC, Xbox, PlayStation and Switch.