The Witcher 3 is one of the best, if not the best, RPGs of the decade. The game launched CD Projekt into the top tier of game developers. It also turned The Witcher series into one of the most recognizable entertainment franchises. The game sold over 20 million copies since its release but it reached peak concurrent players on Steam today. Back at release, The Witcher 3 managed to attract 92,268 concurrent players on Steam. But four and half years after its release, the game broke a new concurrent player record.
The Witcher 3 probably has to thank The Witcher series for its new concurrent player record
The new record is 94,651 players, reached in the last 24 hours. At the moment of writing, there are 87,651 players playing The Witcher 3. The game is at the moment seventh most played title on Steam, above Destiny 2, played by 87,576 Steam users. This is an incredible achievement for a four-and-a-half-year-old game and another proof just how much The Witcher franchise is popular among fans. The news first broke on Twitter by Marcin Momot, global community lead at CD Projekt. When he shared the tweet yesterday, the record was 93,835.
What’s more interesting, if you care to look at the top 100 games on Steam you can find the first Witcher game at 70th place, being played by just over 11,000 users. The first game also reached its concurrent player record in the last 24 hours when 12,531 Steam users played it. The main reason for the sudden explosion of popularity of The Witcher 3 and the first game is surely the Witcher series. Ever since it launched on Netflix, player numbers on Steam were at a steady rise. But probably no one expected for the concurrent player record to be broken. What’s even better, the game is also selling on GOG.com. This means that the true number of players playing the game at the moment is higher. Again, incredible numbers for a game that got released in 2015.