Despite a horrific start, Cyberpunk 2077 has seen huge improvements, but that doesn’t negate the decline in its player base since launch.
With the exception of No Man’s Sky, Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the best examples of a modern game that managed to turn the tide. Despite being one of the most disastrous launches in recent video game history, CD Projekt Red worked diligently to undo the massive damage that was left in the game’s original wake. Many would agree that a lot has improved since December 2020, but interestingly the player base is nowhere near where it was almost 18 months ago.
According to statistics taken from SteamDB, a third-party website that tracks everything related to the Steam client, the number of users who play Cyberpunk 2077 has seen a massive drop in the last year and a half. At the time of writing, it is showing a recent 24-hour peak of just 19,789 players. When the game was first released, it peaked at 1,054,388, no doubt inspired by its marketing campaign and the fact that fans had been waiting years for it to release. It also made it the fifth highest Steam game in terms of concurrent users.
Even though the initial reputation keeps improving, these numbers show that the concurrent player base has dropped by around 98% since the game’s release. The monthly breakdown shows that this number doesn’t seem to be improving. However, there was a massive 113% jump in February, when patch 1.5 for Cyberpunk 2077 has been freed. This huge update brought a long list of changes and big fixes, of which there were a lot. This shows that when the patch was rolled out, fans were ready to give the game another chance.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like many are interested in the game these days. Even if 19,000 is still a lot of players, it is a gaping chasm far from the million who played simultaneously when it launched. Cyberpunk 2077 was also criticized, and while the current rating on Steam is at a respectable “mostly positive” level, some will have been put off by the initial retail release.
That’s not to say it’s a bad game. With CD Projekt Red currently working on an expansion, due out next year, the developer has shown its will by making some significant changes that have helped make it an experience. much more pleasant. It’s just a bit of a shame that it probably won’t reach the number of concurrent players it briefly enjoyed at the end of 2020.
Cyberpunk 2077 is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
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