Report: Cyberpunk 2077 has lost 79% of Steam players already

Report: Cyberpunk 2077 has lost 79% of Steam players already

CD Projekt's recently-launched Cyberpunk 2077 is apparently haemorrhaging players.

That's according to research from GytHyp, which reports that the RPG has seen a 79% decline in concurrent players since its release in December. The game attracted one million simultaneous users within hours of its launch but in recent days it has struggled to hit 225,000 players.

This decline has apparently occurred three times faster than CD Projekt's previous game, 2015's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which saw a 79 per cent decline in players over the course of three months from its release. Single-player titles tend to see a fairly quick dip in users, but open-world games like those CD Projekt often buck this trend.

Of course, Cyberpunk 2077 is still selling well, having been the No.1 game on Steam for the last five weeks with pre-orders topping the charts for the previous two weeks too. The RPG is also the fourth most popular game on Steam at the time of writing, too, according to SteamCharts, so it's not all bad for CD Projekt's release.

Cyberpunk 2077 was launched on December 10th after three delays but has had a troubled time in the wild so far. CD Projekt is currently facing a number of lawsuits from investors alleging that the company misled them over the quality of Cyberpunk 2077, specifically the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions. One such case has been filed, with CD Projekt vowing "vigorous action" to fight the suit.

The company's stock price dropped 15 per cent overnight when Sony decided to pull Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation Store.

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