The Witcher player counts have reached new heights following the premiere of Netflix’s adaptation of the books, according to data from PlayTracker (via VGC).
“We are not the poor cousin of Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones,” said Netflix’s The Witcher production designer Andrew Laws, and he was certainly correct. It’s all anyone is talking about these days, and the show has managed to topple Disney’s The Mandalorian to become the most in-demand TV series in the world across all platforms. I’m about half-way through the first season, and I’d love to see how the grisly and gritty stories of The Continent pan out in the second, third, and fourth seasons. Fingers crossed.
Netflix’s The Witcher is sitting pretty with a 93 per cent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, using almost 12,000 user reviews. It’s also encouraged plenty of people to try out or return to the video game series. Just after the Netflix adaptation premiered, The Witcher attracted over 5,000 concurrent players on Steam, which is nearly triple that of its previous record in 2019. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings reached over 3,000 concurrent players, leaving its previous numbers in the dust. And, as for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, that game welcomed over one million players across all platforms last month.
It’s all very good news, and especially in the case of developer CD Projekt RED. The studio has achieved a new agreement with The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski which, “sets out a framework for the future cooperation between the two sides.” This new agreement allows CD Projekt RED to produce video games, graphic novels, board games, and merchandise using The Witcher intellectual property. “We’ve always admired Mr. Andrzej Sapkowski’s works—a great inspiration for the team here at CD Projekt RED,” said studio president Adam Kiciński. “I believe today marks a new stage in our continued relationship.”
Currently, the studio is working hard to ensure Cyberpunk 2077 meets its anticipated release window of April 2020. Though Half-Life: Alyx comes out one month before the itsy-bitsy RPG, CD Projekt RED isn’t too worried about a clash.