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Edgerunners Is Repeating The Witcher’s Big Success

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“Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” has renewed consumers’ interest in “Cyberpunk 2077,” the video game that inspired it. As a matter of fact, Eurogamer even reported recently that “Cyberpunk 2077” hit a total of 37,000 concurrent players on September 16, just three days after “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” premiered on Netflix. Its peak concurrent player count on that day resulted in “Cyberpunk 2077” topping popular games like “Elden Ring” on Steam.

Additionally, according to SteamDB, “Cyberpunk 2077” continued its success streak just a few days later when it boasted a total of 85,555 concurrent players on September 18. That’s the second-highest number of concurrent players that “Cyberpunk 2077” has had since it made its divisive launch in late 2020 (via Kotaku). This is, notably, reminiscent of what happened to CD Projekt Red’s “Witcher” games after Netflix’s Henry Cavill-led “Witcher” TV series launched.

Indeed, shortly after “The Witcher” Season 1 premiered on Netflix in┬áDecember of 2019, Polygon reported that “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” was pulling in more players than it ever had before. Now, it looks like “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” has managed to do the same thing for “Cyberpunk 2077” that Netflix’s “Witcher” TV series did for “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.”

In other words, it seems safe to say that Netflix and CD Projekt Red are slowly but surely building a bit of a mutually beneficial relationship with each other, which is more than most Hollywood studios can say for the game developers they’ve collaborated with over the years.

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