The Witcher 3 has more active players now than it did in 2015

The Witcher 3 has more active players now than it did in 2015

2nd January 2020 0 By Jordan Heal

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of gaming’s most treasured titles and widely regarded as a masterpiece by Polish developer CD Projekt Red.

Despite having been released back in 2015, it has seen an incredible surge in its player base – with reports claiming more people are enthralled with it now than when it first debuted.

The recent boost in popularity could be down to several factors such as the studio’s next project, Cyberpunk 2077, releasing in March or PC distribution platform Steam’s massive sale.

Though the likeliest proponent is none other than the release of Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ TV show, which boasts Henry Cavill as the lead actor portraying Geralt of Rivia.

The show has little correlation with the game series, since CD Projekt Red’s saga takes place after Andrzej Sapkowski’s short stories and novels – the source material for all other mediums.

Netflix’s iteration faithfully follows the books, with some minor adjustments along the way. It concurrently adapts the first two books, which are collections of short stories, alongside the beginning of the first novel ‘Blood of Elves’.

Recent reports showed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt set a new active player count on Steam, clocking 94,000 people playing it.

This was a remarkable 93% increase from the month before – especially as the figure only accounts for PC players.

In the last week of December, the game even peaked at 31,000 viewers on streaming platform Twitch. Back in October – before Netflix’s release – it was only averaging 400 per day.

The TV show seems to have sparked vivid interest across the board and it is likely people who first played it years ago are now re-enjoying it while new fans are playing it for the first time.

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