There Are More Gamers Playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Than On Its Launch Day
The gaming world has seen a huge surge in people playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which presently has more concurrent players on Steam than it had on its launch day in 2015 - in turn setting a new record for the game.
According to Steam statistics, The Witcher has broken its own record of 92,000, with more than 94,000 playing the game at the time of writing.
The figures are for Steam only, and don't take into account players from other distribution platforms such as Witcher developer CD Projekt's GOG.
Marcin Momot, Global Community Lead at CD Projekt Red, tweeted his delight about the record number of active players - and this was at a time when it was still growing.
New player record for @witchergame on @Steam, over 4 years after the release! :heart: pic.twitter.com/mTGvmrMM5a
- Marcin Momot (@Marcin360) December 29, 2019
It's hardly surprising that there's been an increase in interest for the game, as the franchise has just been reworked into a brand new Netflix series starring Henry Cavill.
The series landed on the streaming service on 20 December, perfectly timed for a solid binge over the Christmas period.
A live-action adaptation of a fantasy book series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski, the show stars Cavill as a mutated monster-hunter-for-hire called Geralt of Rivia, alongside Anya Chalotra as the formidable sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg, and Freya Allen as Ciri.
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However, it should be noted that the programme is directly inspired by the fantasy novel series, and not the arguably more recognisable trilogy of Witcher games from CD Projekt RED.
That said, the popularity of the Netflix show is clearly having some effect on the gaming world - and this could be set to continue, with a second series reportedly due to start filming in Feburary 2020.
In an interview with Digital Spy, series creator and executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said: "What I would say is that season one is very much about building blocks.
"It's about constructing the world, and setting up these characters, and putting them on paths, and knocking those dominoes over."
She went on to say: "When you get to season two, all of those things start to come to play, which is that characters start meeting each other - sometimes getting along, sometimes not."
"All those things that we set up - Geralt and Yennefer; Geralt and Ciri; Yennefer and Ciri; all of the different kingdoms that you just barely hear about in season one, start rising to the surface in season two.
"So the storytelling is a little more intense in a way, and maybe a little more focused and driven in the journeys that we're telling in season two."
Featured Image Credit: CD Projekt RED