Cyberpunk 2077 PC player base has dropped by 79%, 3x more than The Witcher 3 in same period

Written by Stuart Thomas on Tue, Jan 5, 2021 11:30 AM
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Cyberpunk 2077’s launch was a bit of a doozy, as not only was it practically unplayable on consoles it was also delisted from several digital stores including PlayStation. However, unlike it’s console counterparts, PC players have been enjoying the game more thanks to it actually being playable. But new data suggests that Cyberpunk 2077’s player base has dropped by 79%, which is 3 times more than the Witcher 3 in the same period.

Despite being the top selling game on Steam for the 7th week in a row, the peak concurrent players on Steam for Cyberpunk 2077 has now dropped to around 225K players within the last few days. This dropped from a record breaking over 1 million players at launch.

To put it into perspective, CD Projekt Red’s last AAA release was The Witcher 3, which peaked at around 92K concurrent players at launch - significantly less than CP2077’s launch. However, in the same time period as Cyberpunk The Witcher 3 was able to retain over half of it’s players at around 55K. In fact, it took 3 months before The Witcher 3’s player base dropped by 79%.

So looking at the data we can see that Cyberpunk 2077 players are struggling to keep playing after launch. Multiple factors can be attributed to this including a mass amount of bugs, or performance issues, or even players wanting to wait for better hardware before playing again.

Of course, this data is only from the Steam's official charts, so it's likely more users are actively playing on other platforms. However, this data gives us a broad idea of how the player base is doing, especially when compared to The Witcher III.

Either way, it’s clear that there are some kinks that need to be sorted out by CDPR, and so far they’ve been doing well with multiple hotfixes since release resolving some major issues. Hopefully the prospect of free DLC and proper bug fixes along with more game updates will reel players back.

For now though we want to ask you why you think CP2077’s player base has dropped significantly? Is it because it’s a bad game? Or numerous bugs? Or waiting for better hardware? Have you stopped playing Cyberpunk 2077? Why? Let us know!

Why do you think users have stopped playing Cyberpunk 2077?

Our favourite comments:

The game is much shorter than the Witcher 3 though

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i do not know why the side quests were quite good, but after finishing main story, i am just not interested into finishing everything else

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10:09 Jan-07-2021

I think generally the entire storyline and side quests do not create an immersive "Night City" experience, felt very Mass Effect 3 where everyone was just.. standing around.


Quests and NPCs all just feels so independent from each other.
I'm honestly just doing it just to unlock the achievements.


Whereas with the Witcher 3 it was "damn that was cool quest, i wonder if the next one will be as cool."

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01:58 Jan-07-2021

I'm doing my second and third playthrough. While I'm enjoying the content I missed on my first, the game still gives me routine headaches, even outside of bugs.

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23:02 Jan-06-2021

Sometimes it's better to wait till price drops, bugs are fixed or new content is added instead of having bittersweet experience.

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12:18 Jan-06-2021

Soon as I finished my first playthrough (30-40 hours or so), instantly dropped it.
It's good, and I wanted to try a cop playthrough, but it's way too buggy, wasn't a single session where I didn't encounter bugs.


Witcher 3 however I still boot up to this day, game's a masterpiece way above Cyberpunk.

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11:59 Jan-06-2021

What's there to do besides main story that's short? Lol, the game is empty.

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11:29 Jan-06-2021

A pity another company I trusted has turn EA style. Deleted the game. Soon I will have no companies to buy from.
Pff going back to free standalone pc mods and PS exclusives which are better anyway.

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15:38 Jan-06-2021

EA games are not buggy, they're just greedy.

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15:28 Jan-11-2021

The game it's unplayable on pcs that are included in sys req. The game has many bugs, its unfinished. AI is a joke. Customization non-existent. They tried to hide console performance. SSR its broken. Looting, shooting, driving mediocre.

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15:31 Jan-11-2021

Interaction with the world is almost non-existent. They hyped the game like the return of Jesus. They lied, false advertised.
https://gamingbolt.com/cyberpunk-2077-interview-discussing-the-setting-freedom-of-choice-side-quests-and-more

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21:25 Jan-05-2021

It is clear why it is the fall. I myself had planned to play May 2021 with new hardware and here I am with 100 hours behind me because of the hype. But his is in 6 months. Some fixes and dlcs later (metro please) but I have friends who are part of that 80% drop who no longer play. Because they have beat the game, and they want to do the second round when it is really ready.

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09:24 Jan-06-2021

same situation with me and my friends, we enjoyed our first run very much and wanna do a second run no doubt. But we want the game to be finished first.

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20:00 Jan-05-2021

"...practically unplayable on consoles..."
You playin' it on switch? It crashes sometimes, that's it, and loses some fps's on locations with lots of npcs.
I'm pretty sure if there's ppl out there not playing the game is cuz' they got bored, open-world does that, i'm actually holding on. 140hs in, xmas vacations weren't enough to get the plat. sigh
The future of gaming, long, huge, and filler.

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00:20 Jan-06-2021

Yeah, sony definitely pulled the game from the Playstation store because people were getting bored with it....


Apparently theres a massive difference in stability and performance between the ps4 and the ps4 pro.

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15:06 Jan-06-2021

And when DF tested their console versions, the XBONE version dropped to as low as 14-15fps (at least from the slice they tested) and even locked up for a full MINUTE while assets loaded in during a drive - all shown on video. I'd call that pretty unplayable at launch, yes. The PS4 version did considerably better than that, though and that's what you're playing, by the sound of "plat" (I assume is that useless "platinum trophy" thing some people are obsessed about, cuz using their OWN head to play a game instead of following a dev script is too hard?)

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15:21 Jan-06-2021

Sorry for the "trophy" rant, but I really do find the whole "achievement" thing a bit sad. I have a friend with "achievement OCD" who wastes stupid amounts of time trying to get all those useless little icons. He hates what he's doing, yet still does it and it's just ridiculous. A sandbox game is supposed to played freely your OWN way, not be a chore of following the script written by some schmuck you never even met :D

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16:12 Jan-06-2021

They can be nice to do if you aren't obsessed with it, but that depends on the person and game.

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16:52 Jan-06-2021

I tend to prefer in-game challenges that give you something in return. I'm playing Zelda BOTW lately and that game is nothing short of brilliant! Exploration and the world feel very satisfying, there's always a sense of discovery, unlike in most modern "open world" games. Battle and puzzle challenges and secret finds reward interesting gear, stat upgrades and skills, etc. No "achievements" or "trophies" in there whatsoever, Nintendo does not do that crap. And I don't miss it one bit :)

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17:07 Jan-06-2021

Just don't look for the 900 seeds. Overkill. lol

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17:11 Jan-06-2021

I'm not obsessed with trophy/achiev hunting. Heck, if was playing cp77 just for the plat i wouldn't have 140h with it cuz you don't need to do everything to get the plat, the most time consuming ones are the cars, and the gigs and crimes. The characters storylines have their moments, the panzer comes to mind. hehe

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20:01 Jan-06-2021

I'm not gonna try and max out the korok seeds lmao, what I find is fine, I'll cross-ref with the missis on what we found (shrine/armor/item wise) and that's it :D
As for CP - I haven't bought it yet, so "panzer" tells me nothing yet. When the bugs are fixed and I decide to play it - then I'll know xD
But hey - if you're enjoying yourself - that's good! It's just that some people do it out of some weird compulsion is all and I'm also an opinionated person xD

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18:52 Jan-05-2021

It's good and all but too short and i can't play it again again like the witcher 3. its one time play and delete

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18:06 Jan-05-2021

Bugs aside, the reason I stopped playing is simply because I finished the game. It was very short, much shorter than The Witcher 3, and the lack of actual choice making consequences give me little incentive to play through again.

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02:28 Jan-06-2021

Exactly. I mean, i knew they're going to shorten the story/main quest, but i didn't expect it to be THAT short. Sh*t's dissapointing than the bugs man. A lot of characters need to be fleshed out.

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17:32 Jan-05-2021

I am pretty sure it is because it is just a good game with way too many issues and unpolished systems to keep people around for that long. Probably a lot of players will just go into waiting for actually finished game before they try it again in hopes that it will be great at that point. But yeah, it pretty much isn't great game, like I told people and got thumbed down. Just saying.

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16:34 Jan-05-2021

"The numbers mason, what do they mean!" Yeah it's pretty obvious. Maybe I'll give this another go but I'm going to wait till summer at least.

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14:55 Jan-05-2021

Just waiting on more bugfixes

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14:49 Jan-05-2021

my drop 3 times faster, but still has more players than the witcher 3's all time high

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14:40 Jan-05-2021

I don't think you can compare those two. Even though Witcher 3 also had an unfortunate start(no way near as bad as CB) it brought a lot more into the rpg industry. A lot of the gameplay features were really fleshed out and compared to everything on the market, it was quite decent. Cyberpunk on the other hand....

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14:42 Jan-05-2021

Isn't as good compared to todays standards. It could have came out in 2015 and I wouldn't be surprised by any of the features it offers. It's just simply old design and doesn't belong to 2020 where gamers standards are much higher. So yeah it's shorter, but it's just simply mediocre at best. That's the reason

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14:03 Jan-05-2021

Two things, witcher 3 was not hyped as much as cp2077 so as talks started to spread more and more people gradually started to play it, while cp2077 was most hyped game to date and so people bought on release, finished and left. Also witcher 3 is much longer game though it can be argued that not all in fact far from all gamers who bought witcher 3 actually completed it.

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18:01 Jan-05-2021

The game is still long if you want to tod side quest, police gigs and other gigs, getting legend items , im over 30 hours into the game and im still at lvl 16 becuase i have been doing non essential gigs

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15:40 Jan-08-2021

yes its true however it is more likely that playerbase drop off % difference is more related to "how long it keeps its audience retention" rather than just how long the game is, because majority of clients didnt actually finished witcher 3 or cp2077 and this is true for all games.

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15:41 Jan-08-2021

It could be that both factors goes hand in hand hard to tell.

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14:02 Jan-05-2021

I hit 140 hours at 100% completion for achievements (On PC). Only had 1 major play through where I got all but 1 achievement. Then had a playthrough that took less than 10 hours for the last achive and seeing the other 2 starting life paths. To be honest The achives were much easier to get than in the Witcher 3 and the main story was FAR shorter. The only reason why I had so many hours was for all the side quests and I wanted to get the most out of what I payed for the game.

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13:55 Jan-05-2021

not shabby results at all though,
according to current Steam stats, Cyberpunk is played by around 150-165 thousands players, which is basically same number as GTA: V,
all other most players games are multiplayer/co-op which are completely different "genre" to compare

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13:53 Jan-05-2021

This could very well be due to the short length of the main campaign at around just 20 hours. Not every player will play all the side content which can also be wrapped up in 60-80 hours. Compare that to the 50 hour campaign of The Witcher 3 along with the 400 hours you need to be a completionist in that game, then this is a very normal occurrence.

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13:45 Jan-05-2021

The game is much shorter than the Witcher 3 though

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13:52 Jan-05-2021

devs promised some expansions for Cyberpunk, so I'm pretty sure the game will grow over time, similarly as Witcher 3 did :)

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00:15 Jan-06-2021

Funny, back when I said it was shorter near launch I got bashed for it. We had a string of holidays so I had time to complete all side quests and main story in a week.

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00:16 Jan-06-2021

People probably didnt know how close they were to the end of the story when they commented on their play time.

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