For better or for worse, Cyberpunk 2077 has become the most talked about and controversial game released in years. The PC version of the game seems to be the only bastion of hope, with the best gameplay, graphics, and the fewest game-breaking bugs and glitches.
Initial sales of CD Projekt Red’s latest RPG reflected this, debuting as number one on Steam with over 1 million players and earning a mostly positive feedback rating from over 300,000 player reviews. However, a few weeks after launch, it seems that many players have decided to shorten their stay in Night City.
Based on Steam rankings and metrics over the past weekend, the concurrent player base for Cyberpunk 2077 has dropped to a peak of just 225,000 players. This translates into what appears to be a staggering 79 percent drop in player base. It’s really revealing considering that 750,000 PC gamers have already left Johnny Silverhand and the colorful and complicated technological future behind them.
This drop in player base, as alarming as it may sound, is actually not entirely unusual for single-player narrative games. According to further analysis from Steam, most games that don’t offer a persistent multiplayer feature or mode generally see a sub-national drop in player base around the first month. Combined with the fact that more people are still at home during the global pandemic and off work during the holidays, it suggests that many gamers have simply used up their playing time in Cyberpunk 2077 for countless uninterrupted hours and then simply moved on.
Many eager fans probably assumed that Cyberpunk 2077 would be comparable to its previous and now legendary RPG release, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Interestingly, the fantasy-driven epic has had its lifespan and player base extended due to anticipation of Cyberpunk 2077, as well as a popular Netflix series attracting new fans rather than Geralt’s ongoing adventures. of Rivia. Ultimately, a multimedia approach may end up benefiting the studio’s most recent RPG, as a Netflix Cyberpunk 2077 show has also been announced.
Although not a month has passed since its release date, Cyberpunk 2077 will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most controversial games of all time. Not because of in-game sex appeal or violence, but because of CD Projekt Red’s marketing and labor practices and the conditions in which the game was released on older generation consoles. The lawsuits and acceptance of refunds, as well as the ongoing promises of fixes and improvements, are all public promises made by developers and partner video game companies. Whether or not players are staying back in Night City for the next several months as these improvements and fixes roll out, it’s the real intriguing future of this RPG game.
Cyberpunk 2077 is out now for PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One with PS5 and Xbox Series X / S versions currently in development.