Cyberpunk 2077 Popularity Soars with Update 2.0 Ahead of Phantom Liberty

In the world of gaming, Cyberpunk 2077 has once again taken the spotlight. Following the release of Update 2.0, the game has witnessed a surge in popularity, propelling it to the eighth position on Steam’s most played games list. This remarkable accomplishment comes just before the highly anticipated launch of its expansion, Phantom Liberty, on September 26.

The release of Update 2.0 brought about a complete revamp of Cyberpunk 2077, introducing exciting features like a new perk system and improved AI. It comes as no surprise that players have eagerly embraced these updates, resulting in a significant spike in the game’s player base. Data from SteamDB reveals that Cyberpunk 2077 has surpassed renowned titles such as Grand Theft Auto 5 and Rust in terms of concurrent players.

On September 25, the game achieved a staggering peak of 169,711 concurrent players. It is noteworthy that this remarkable figure was recorded even before the launch of Phantom Liberty, indicating the game’s growing appeal. While Cyberpunk 2077 currently sits behind Bethesda’s space epic, Starfield, which boasts 187,483 concurrent users, it has managed to outperform other popular titles like Baldur’s Gate 3, Apex Legends, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

The surge in popularity for Cyberpunk 2077 started with the release of Update 2.0 on September 21. Prior to the update, the game had a modest player count of 18,024 on September 20. However, within a day of the update’s release, the number skyrocketed to 90,241. Following this initial surge, the player count continued to climb, reaching 115,510 on September 22, 151,915 on September 23, and finally peaking at 169,711 on September 24.

This upward trend in player engagement is expected to further intensify with the launch of the long-awaited Phantom Liberty expansion. Early critical reception to the expansion has been incredibly positive, with reviewers expressing their excitement. IGN’s 9/10 review of Phantom Liberty describes it as completing an “immense turnaround” for CD Projekt Red’s futuristic RPG, commending the impact of the anime spin-off, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, and the latest 2.0 Update.

The anticipation surrounding the expansion and the overwhelmingly positive critical response provide a promising outlook for the future of Cyberpunk 2077. With a continuously growing player base and the evolving game mechanics introduced in Update 2.0, the immersive and futuristic world of Night City is set to captivate players even further.