An anime series, a patch and a sale. All these three things have combined to breathe new life into Cyberpunk 2077 almost two years after its December 2020 release. be what they wanted at launch, or beat it and move on.
But now? Cyberpunk 2077 seems to be having its No Man’s Sky moment, where enough has been fixed and added to the game to convince people to return or get in for the first time. The incredibly well-received Netflix anime series, Cyberpunk Edgerunners, has inspired some people to return alone, and Cyberpunk released a patch at the same time that included some minor Edgerunners content, as well as long-requested quality-of-life features like transmog, and the The game’s first truly new missions since launch. Combine that with a 50% discount, and here we are.
A month ago, Cyberpunk 2077 had about 15,000 concurrent players during its weekly highs. This weekend? Sunday brought in 85,000 players and the game may not be over yet as things soar here on Monday. That’s about a 550% increase in a month on Steam, and you can see CDPR developers all over Twitter celebrating their game getting a new look.
In the wake of Edgerunners being a hit, CDPR has stepped up their commitment to the Cyberpunk IP, but whether that means Edgerunners Season 2, Cyberpunk 2078, or other multimedia projects hasn’t been made clear yet. We know CDPR will release a major expansion for Cyberpunk 2077, Phantom Liberty, in 2023, but will likely move on to The Witcher 4 after that. But with their new parallel development tracks for major titles, the hope is that they can embark on a full-blown Cyberpunk sequel. that this time it might do things right at launch, rather than two years later. And of course I think Edgerunners has proven that Night City is ripe for further exploration in other forms of media as well.
So late in the game, I’d probably recommend a pure fresh start if you’ve already played some or most of the game before. So so much has changed since the game first launched that diving into the middle of an old file probably won’t give you the full experience as things like quest rewards have been added for things you’ve already done. The game still unfortunately doesn’t have a New Game Plus option, which CDPR has said is extremely difficult for this game for some reason from a technical point of view.
We’ll see how long this surge lasts. You can probably get anywhere from 30 to 100 hours for a full Cyberpunk 2077 playthrough, depending on how fast you go and how many side missions and activities you do. It’s not a live service, so the numbers here will drop soon enough for the expansion’s release next year. And then it probably gets its third wind, and by then I hope CDPR makes some announcements about longer-term plans for the IP.
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