CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is still going strong four years after launch. With the recent release of Netflix’s The Witcher on December 20, the open-world action-RPG has seen the highest player count on Steam to date.
According to Marcin Momot, CDPR’s global community lead, The Witcher 3 hit a concurrent Steam player count of 93,835 on Sunday, December 29. Surprisingly, this number has since been beaten by today’s peak of 94,651. Steam indicates that the open-world action-RPG is one of 2019’s top-selling titles, standing next to From Software’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
The Witcher 3 also saw an increase in Steam players right after Netflix’s The Witcher debuted and has steadily grown ever since. The TV series is based on the books, not the games, and has been renewed for a second season.
CDPR and The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski have settled their dispute last week, with the agreement “confer[ing] new rights” to the developer while keeping its existing title rights for everything The Witcher related. Sapkowski had previously filed a legal demand for $16 million and CDPR responded by saying it “will go to great lengths to ensure [an] amicable resolution.”
The Witcher 3 has received a plethora of accolades since its 2015 launch, including several Game of the Year awards. It is also one of the few games to earn GameSpot’s coveted 10/10 “Essential” rating, with our review calling it ‘incredible, sumptuous, captivating, and inspiring.”
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