This week, more than four years after the game’s original launch, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has more players on Steam than ever before. The news comes from Marcin Momot, the world’s leading developer of CD Projekt Red. The player data is courtesy of SteamCharts, which retrieves information from Valve’s publicly available API.
Previously, The Witcher 3 had the highest number of concurrent players at launch on May 1, 2015. At that time, around 92,268 players signed up, according to SteamCharts. At the time of publication, the new all-time high was 94,601, which was set within the last 24 hours. The role-playing game has also hit Steam’s top 10 and is the eighth most played game at the time of release.
Other titles in the series The Witcher also experience a dent. The Witcher: Enhanced Edition, the revision of the original game from the series from 2008, also cracked the 100 most played games on Steam, according to SteamCharts. It’s also an unprecedented number of players, with well over 12,000 players in the past 24 hours.
It’s a remarkable feat undoubtedly fueled by the popularity of Netflix’s The Witcher series with Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, Justice League). The increase in player numbers also coincides with the Steam winter sale, where The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year is worth up to $ 14.99. The full price is usually $ 49.99.
One person who is probably more excited than ever about the success of The Witcher video games is Andrzej Sapkowski, the author of the original novels. Last year, he claimed more than $ 16 million in proceeds from the sale of The Witcher 3. His efforts led to the renegotiation of his license agreement with CD Projekt. Although the terms have not been released, you have to imagine that they are cheaper than the previous agreement, the signing of which Sapkowski considers “stupid”.