Within the first couple hours of its launch day, Cyberpunk 2077 had a peak of 1,054,388 players logged in simultaneously on Steam. This is a new record for single-player games on Valve’s digital distribution service. For comparison, the previous record holders for most concurrent players for a single-player game was for Fallout 4, which had 472,962 in 2015, and Terraria, which had 489,886 in early 2020. This is a stellar triumph for CD Projekt Red, whose other property The Witcher 3 had a peak of 103,329 concurrent players following the release of the Netflix series adaptation.
The first game to ever have more than 1 million players on its official launch date was PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. With the inclusion of competitive multiplayer games, the peak of Cyberpunk 2077 falls short behind that of PUBG (3.2 million), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (1.3 million), and Dota 2 (1.2 million).
This shouldn’t overshadow the fact that Cyberpunk 2077 was one of if not the biggest game of the year. The dystopian RPG attracted about 8 million pre-orders ahead of its debut. With 4.72 million of those units being for PC and a number of copies sold upon release, it was the biggest launch date in the history of PC gaming, beating the latest World of Warcraft expansion pack.
The fastest-selling game in PC history also made Twitch stream records with 1.1 million viewers watching gameplay footage. This is exceptional when compared to peak viewership for popular multiplayer titles such as Fortnite (2.3 million), League of Legends (1.78 million), and Valorant (1.72 million).
CD Projekt Red issued a humbling statement about the overwhelming support the game has garnered as well as a promise to crack down on the bugs and glitches that have been a source of controversy. PC players have experienced only minor glitches. Players on base-level consoles have reported awful character rendering, phasing through objects, and genitals poking out of their clothing. It’s concerning when the NPCs aren’t phased when seeing a gun-wielding sex offender run around the streets of Night City.
Despite the required fixes and updates, nothing can take away this historic moment for single-player games and the video game industry as a whole.