The highly anticipated first-person RPG Cyberpunk 2077 went live on Steam last night, the results were staggering. Over one million concurrent players were exploring Night City on Steam, setting a new record for a non-competitive multiplayer game.
Steam does not publish sales numbers, but they do display player numbers, including a top 100 list of the most played games. The top of the list is typically dominated by the usual multiplayer behemoths of Counter-Strike, DOTA 2, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, each with hundreds of thousands of players at any one time.
Cyberpunk’s rocket to the top of the chart surpasses even the 8-year old CS:GO, which still maintains a player base of around one million. No single player game has even come close to those numbers in the last decade or so since they began tracking stats.
Steam is only a portion of the total players playing Cyberpunk 2077. The game also released on developer CD Projekt Red’s own digital distribution store, GOG, as well as Stadia, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One (and playable on new consoles via backwards compatibility). Next-gen versions are coming as free upgrades for existing owners “at a later date.”
It’s safe to say that the much-delayed sci-fi RPG is a smashing success. On the flip side, the game includes a massive day one patch, and players are still reporting frequent bugs and technical issues – especially on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Cyberpunk 2077 is an open world, first-person RPG based on the tabletop RPG. It’s rated M for Mature.