The Witcher 3 Climbs to Its Highest Player Count Ever

The Witcher 3 Climbs to Its Highest Player Count Ever

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Last week, we reported news of The Witcher series' surging renaissance, but the story isn't over yet. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has now climbed to the highest player count totals ever seen for the game, even when compared to its 2015 launch period.

According to SteamDB, The Witcher 3's highest player count was once its launch week of May 18, 2015. Back then, the game saw over 92,000 concurrent players. The game continued its total revitalization, however, and has now surpassed that figure with a total of 94,651 players.

As it turns out, it's not just new and returning players who have found interest in the years-old game. Since SteamDB started tracking Twitch viewership in 2017, The Witcher 3 also earned its highest number of viewers with over 31,000 tuning in on Twitch this week.

Percentage-wise, it's the series' video game debut that has seen the greatest spike in player count. With over 12,500 players this week, CD Projekt Red's first go-around with Geralt has far outreached its previous totals of 8,337 in May of 2015.

The middle game in the series, The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings, is actually the only one in the trilogy to not see its best numbers ever this week, though it has seen a renewed interest as well with over 6,600 players. That's still only half of what the game saw during the launch of its predecessor, when many players went back to see Geralt's story from an earlier perspective.

Like we said last week, there are sadly few figures available to tell us more of this story on other platforms or in other media. It seems the confluence of the Netflix series debut and the week or two of vacation enjoyed by many has birthed one of the industry's greatest comeback stories, and we can reasonably assume this is happening no matter the platform. Still, it would be interesting to know those figures exactly, as well as to see how many new fans have picked up the books for the first time.

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