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Cyberpunk 2077 is seeing more players than it has since launch

The long-disturbed sci-fi action RPG Cyberpunk 2077 is making a comeback of sorts, nearly two years since its release on PC and consoles. CD Projekt has unveiled in a tweet that the game has seen a million players every day so far this week, across all platforms. They say this figure includes players new to Night City as well as those returning. I’ve never played it, so don’t look at me.

Cyberpunk 2077 from the RTX 4000 series will be unveiled earlier this week.

As Eurogamer reported last week, Cyberpunk’s concurrent player count has increased enough to make it one of the most played games on Steam. In the past 24 hours, SteamDB shows that the game peaked at 86,130 concurrent players. Just a month ago, that figure was around 16,000, and the growing number of players doesn’t seem to be leveling off. Twitch views for the game also increased from the low thousands to nearly 70,000 in early September.

A few things could explain this sudden jump. One would be the arrival of the Edgerunners update to coincide with Netflix’s well-received anime series of the same name, set in the world of Cyberpunk 2077. It’s likely that Edgerunners moving their heads up and down on the People’s television dashboards have drawn a little 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 unveiled early this month and slated for 2023.

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Cyberpunk 2077 is also featured in this week’s NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4000 series announcements, as you can see in the trailer above. The game gets an Overdrive mode that brightens up things like neon signs, street lights, car headlights and billboards with nice ray tracing. It will also take advantage of DLSS 3 support to significantly increase frame rates. You can read more about this here.

Graham reviewed Cyberpunk 2077 when it launched in late 2020, calling it a beautiful and broken mess. “Cyberpunk 2077 is huge, vast, complex and deeply flawed,” he said. “It’s at its best as a fairly straightforward single-player action game, with lovable characters and exciting antics in a fascinatingly detailed open world that looks better than any game. It’s at its worst if you want it to be an RPG, a Deus Ex successor to approach, or a polished piece of software.”

Attempts have been made to resolve Cyberpunk’s issues. The game already saw another increase in concurrent players in February, when the 1.5 update was released. Graham then took another run through Night City, but found 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 way the combat and progression interlock,” he said. “While the 1.5 tweaks to those systems will bring marginal improvements, it won’t completely solve the problems — and probably won’t.”

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Cyberpunk 2077 is on Steam, GOG and the Epic Games Store for £50/$60/€60. 50% off all storefronts until September 25th.

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