More Gamers Are Playing The Witcher 3 Right Now Than On Release Of The Game
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is more popular now with concurrent players on Steam than it had on release day back in 2015, breaking its own record of 92,000 by many thousand players. At the time of this report, more than 94,000 people were enjoying the game and being the Geralt according to SteamDB, Steamcharts, and Valve’s own stats. That puts it ahead of popular free games like Path of Exile, Warframe, and Team Fortress 2. Further, the two earlier games in the series are both in the highest 100 games by player count on Steam, with The Witcher: Enhanced Edition at 12,100 and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings at 6,600.
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These figures are for Steam only and don’t include players from other platforms like Witcher developer CD Projekt’s own GOG. Most highly-anticipated games never again enter their launch day concurrent player counts, especially single-player ones, so this amount is particularly remarkable for an RPG. This extraordinary success follows last week when The Witcher 3 exceeded Red Dead Redemption 2 in concurrent players.
The explosion of interest in The Witcher is due to a mixture of the new Netflix series, based on the books, and the modern sale discount on the game—the cheapest it has ever been at $11.99 for the game or $14.99 for the game and its expansions. Those two factors, amplified by the holiday break in Europe and the United States, have made for extraordinary numbers for the almost five-year-old game.
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