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Cyberpunk 2077 hits 1m concurrent players on Steam within hours of launch

Cyberpunk 2077 hits 1m concurrent players on Steam within hours of launch

The recently-released Cyberpunk 2077 has already attracted a huge number of users on Steam.

That's according to the platform's stats page, which shows that since its launch just hours ago, CD Projekt's dark sci-fi RPG had a peak of 1,003,264 concurrent players. Cyberpunk 2077 reached this milestone at 2:50am GMT, according to SteamDB.

At the time of writing, 792,926 users are playing the game. Official Steam stats show that Cyberpunk 2077 currently has more players than any other release on the service and has the second-highest total of any title on the platform, coming in behind the long-running – and free-to-play – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

The fact that it is popular on Steam is hardly surprising; pre-orders for Cyberpunk 2077 were the highest-selling item on Valve's platform for the three weeks leading up to its release. CD Projekt has said that over half of pre-orders for the game were made digitally.

There's no official word from CD Projekt about how well the game has sold overall. The title is available across a variety of platforms on PC – including its own GOG.com service – as well as PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. The fact that we've seen one million people playing at once on Steam likely spells huge Day One sales.

Cyberpunk 2077 launches today, December 10th, following a three-week delay. The game has faced a lot of criticism in the build-up to its release. In the months leading up to launch, the sheer amount of crunch needed to complete the title was revealed with CD Projekt mandating a six-day workweek to help finish development.

This following the studio saying the previous year that it was going to finish the game without "mandatory" crunch. Joint CEO Adam Kiciński downplayed the long hours staff worked on Cyberpunk 2077 to investors, before apologising for his remarks the following day.

Even closure to launch, it emerged that Cyberpunk 2077 posed a risk to those suffering from epilepsy. CD Projekt has since added a splash screen warning of the risk of seizures and is working on a "more permanent solution."


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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