The Witcher 3 Sees Huge Increase In Players After The Witcher Netflix Series Debut
The Witcher has been very good to CD Projekt RED. The series has always been a successful one, even when it was confined to the PC only realm, but The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt really took it to another level. It prompted CDPR to renew the license and for Netflix to pursue a TV show based on the property. The latter of which has shined even more light on the latest entry in the game series.
According to the Steam Stats page, The Witcher 3 is holding steady at roughly 46,000 players at the time of writing, to RDR2’s 45,000. Red Dead 2 still overtook it at the peak for the day with 50,000, but it’s still an impressive feat for a game that’s nearly five years old to keep a dead heat with a more recent and very critically acclaimed game.
It’s not just PC gamers that are excited about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt again – the game also saw a slight uptick in popularity on XBOX and PlayStation. Notably, this uptick was mostly on the original versions of the game rather than the GOTY and Complete versions that released later. On PC all players are reported under the one main version, so this distinction cannot be seen there.
An estimated 1 million players have played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in December, a number that would be outstanding for any new game or a game that is still receiving updates. This is several hundreds of thousands above what the game has had at any point in the past two years. Most of this is on PC, which is fitting considering TV Geralt himself, Henry Cavill, has recently stated he prefers PC too.
CD PROJEKT RED recently ended a longstanding disagreement with Witcher creator Andrzej Sapkowski, solidifying their relationship and noting that the new agreement “sets out a framework for the future cooperation between the two sides”. With any luck it won’t be too long before fans see a followup to the beloved and critically acclaimed Wild Hunt.
In addition to the third game, the other entries in the series also saw a boost on Steam. The first game had a concurrent peak of over 5000 which is almost triple its previous 2019 peak, and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings jumped over 3000 concurrent players, doubling from its previous 2019 peak. It appears a significant amount of players are going all the way back to the first game with their replays.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC. The first season of The Witcher on Netflix is live now.