Recently, Netflix’s The Witcher TV series turned heads with its debut on December 20th. The first season of the show had a much larger impact than anticipated. Not long after its release, CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher action role-playing games saw a huge boost to their player count. The surge was attributed to the positive reception of the Netflix original, and it seems the effect is yet to die down.
Over four years after its initial release, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has broken its own record by achieving 100,000 concurrent players on Steam. As evident from the game’s Steam Charts page, thousands of players returned to the game in the past few weeks. The biggest influx of players was during December 2019, right around the release of The Witcher’s first season on Netflix.
In the four years since its release, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt managed to set an all time high of 92k players. Since then, the single player action role-playing game only maintained a monthly average of 10-15k concurrent players. Do note that these numbers only indicate the Steam playerbase of the game. If we include The Witcher 3 players who own the game on consoles or GOG, the number would be marginally greater.
Although The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the latest game in the series, fans haven’t forgotten the previous installments. In fact, earlier Witcher games have also seen a rise in both returning and new players.
Such a massive rise in concurrent players for years-old games has been largely unprecedented in the gaming industry. Netflix’s The Witcher did more than just attract a bigger audience for the games. Following the release of the series, CD Projekt Red announced that they have solidified their relationship with Andrzej Sapkowski, author of “The Witcher” books. Fans think that this move lays the foundation for a fourth Witcher video game.
It’s been confirmed that The Witcher on Netflix is getting another season. As evident from the growing player count, the hugely positive reception of the series bodes well for the video game franchise as well.