The Witcher Season 2 is a hit on Netflix and also for CD Projekt Red.
Season 2 of The Witcher was released just a few weeks ago and quickly became Netflix’s most watched show. It also gave The Witcher 3 another increase in players, according to data from SteamDB.
SteamDB reported that Witcher 3’s player count hit over 62,000 shortly after Netflix’s second season of Witcher released on December 17. That’s essentially double the number who were playing Witcher 3 just a month earlier. It’s also a similar story to what happened when Witcher’s first season was released in 2019, although that peak passed 100,000 players.
It seems that a TV tie-up to a successful video game franchise was a great idea for CD Projekt Red. Not only has The Witcher 3 maintained a generally high player count for the past six years, but it has even grown steadily since the game’s release. You can see in the SteamDB graph that the total player count has steadily increased before it started. ‘increase with the release of Netflix’s Witcher, but the trend has generally remained on the rise.
Extremely generous discounts helped with this, where The Witcher 3 and all of its DLCs were sold for single-digit dollars. CD Projekt reports that Witcher 3 sales are still strong many years later, with the series surpassing 50 million total sales last year. That number has only grown and we expect it to continue with The Witcher 3’s next-gen upgrade in 2022.
Unfortunately, the same success story cannot be attributed to Cyberpunk 2077. Most recently CD Projekt settled a lawsuit with its investors for $ 1.85 million over the botched release of the game. CD Projekt’s shares lost significantly. of value after Cyberpunk’s release, and although they recovered some of it, investors still felt they had been misled by CD Projekt’s description of Cyberpunk 2077 quality.
Still, $ 1.85 million is nothing compared to the $ 1 billion CD Projekt lost in the Cyberpunk 2077 debacle. But maybe a TV show could help Cyberpunk 2077 as much as Witcher 3.
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