Come for Keanu, stay for the glitches.
After about nine years in development, CD Projekt Red’s magnum opus, Cyberpunk 2077, released earlier this week. To say the hype was off the charts for this game would be a criminal understatement. If you taped like ten charts together vertically, the hype would still be too high to even show up on the top one. Speaking as someone who pre-loaded the game, it actually took longer for my computer to unpack the files than it took to download them because a massive percentage of Steam users were trying to do the exact same. Thanks to Steam Database, we now have the official launch day statistics and, uh, whoa.
According to SteamDB’s analytics, Cyberpunk 2077 experienced a total of 1,003,262 concurrent players when the game launched yesterday. That’s a complete decimation of the previous concurrent player record holder, Fallout 4, which had just 472,962 folks playing when it launched in 2015. Even though the concurrent player number has dropped today, Cyberpunk 2077 is, at time of writing, still the most played game on Steam, even beating out the usual suspects like Counter-Strike and DOTA 2.
— Steam Database (@SteamDB) December 10, 2020
Additionally, it pays to remember that Steam isn’t the only platform Cyberpunk 2077 is available on. The game is also sold on GOG, the Epic Games store, GeForce Now, and Google Stadia, not to mention the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We don’t have official player statistics for the other platforms, unfortunately, but if they got over a million from Steam alone, one shudders to imagine what the grand total could be.
Of course, hype aside, Cyberpunk 2077 has been garnering a lot of complaints about notably buggy gameplay and graphics. I experienced several oddities in my couples of hours of playtime, including a man bobbing in and out of the ground like a buoy and my fists apparently being classified as an assault rifle. Nevertheless, the game still has over 900,000 concurrent players. That’s the power of hype I suppose. Well, hype and Keanu Reeves.