CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 was a long-awaited title for many fans of the company, but when the game released last month, it was seen as a disappointment to many, and even made our list of biggest disappointments for 2020. Now, Steam numbers show that the futuristic RPG has seen a sharp decline in player count since its launch just one month ago.
According to data from GitHyp, Cyberpunk 2077 peaked at over one million active players in the first few days after its release, and it was the first single-player game to do so on Steam. However, that number started to go down after just one week, and this past weekend, the game peaked at around 225,000 players, marking a 79% decrease in just under a month.
Comparing it to CD Projekt Red's previous title, The Witcher 3, that game took about three months to see a similar decline in terms of percentage. It's worth keeping in mind that the title debuted in 2015 with roughly 92,000 players, and was sitting at around 55,000 a month later. By that metric, Cyberpunk 2077 is still doing pretty well.
The Witcher 3 also saw some resurgence in player counts since its launch, as downloadable content and updates were pushed out to improve and expand the experience. Cyberpunk 2077 hasn't had much time to see a similar treatment, and the team has promised to work on a lot of the issues discovered by players within the game, plus DLC is also planned. Those updates may help bring the game back to prominence as time goes on. Of course, whether that's enough to deflect oncoming lawsuits against CD Projekt Red remains to be seen.