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Cyberpunk 2077 gets massive player count surge likely thanks to Netflix anime adaptation

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Despite the troubled launch of Cyberpunk 2077 back in late 2020, the game did manage a large fanbase which led to an average player count of over 10,000 on Steam alone throughout the nearly two years since launch.

But now Cyberpunk 2077 is seeing player count highs not seen since launch. According to Steam Charts at the time of writing, the game has over 65,000 players online with a 24 hour peak of over 78,000. The past few days has seen the now somewhat older game getting a massive resurgence of 5 to 6 fold.

While the game did recently release its 1.5 update, it’s unlikely the update could be accredited as previous updates to fix the mess of a launch for the title did not garner this much attention.

The same could be said about the upcoming Phantom Liberty expansion, which was announced 2 weeks ago. And while player counter increased then, it’s nowhere near the numbers we’re seeing right now.

So therefore, it seems this large increase might actually be the result of Cyberpunk Edgerunners, the Netflix animated series created by Studio Trigger which aired a week ago. The new anime appears to be have been rather successful, though it also helps the game is currently 50% off on Steam as of this writing as well.

Cyberpunk 2077 is now available for Windows PC (via Epic GamesGOG, and Steam), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Google Stadia. In case you missed it, you can find our thorough review on the original game here and our port report for its next-gen versions here.

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