The Witcher 3 Is More Popular on Steam in 2019 Than Back in 2015
This December is certainly the month of The Witcher series. And we don’t mean only the TV series by Netflix, but also even more famous game series; Steam is our witness. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the most acclaimed and popular of the trilogy, set an unexpected record these days: it’s even more played now than right after its release in 2015.
The Return of the Witcher
There are two reasons for this renewed popularity. The first one is, of course, the TV series starring Henry Cavill. And the second is the discount: those who haven’t bought the game yet can enjoy this week before the New Year. Of course, the second event is inspired by the first.
Marcin Momot, the lead of the global community for CD Projekt RED (the developer of The Witcher), confirms that. So do the official SteamCharts records, powered by Steam API. Speaking numbers, the game reached 92,268 concurrent players on May 1, 2015, when the game was just launched. This December, though, the game beat the record with 94,601 people, reinspired to play The Witcher 3. This let the game reach the Top 10, finishing this year as Number 8.
Of course, this game is the most influential in the entire franchise. But it’s not the only one hyped again. For example, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition, the version of the starter revised in 2008, has now over 12,000 players, beating its own record as well.
Toss a Coin, Save Two
Another reason why the series got so popular again is the reduced price due to the winter sale. It’s quite attractive to have such an acclaimed game for just $14.99 instead of the usual $49.99. Given that it provides from 100 to 300 hours of gameplay, it’s a great deal.
Another great deal, though, the developer has with Andrzej Sapkowski, the author of the original fantasy book series. Maybe he didn’t receive the $16M he demanded last year as his share from The Witcher 3 (in which he hadn’t even participated, unlike the first two). But the new licensing agreement he has with the developer now is described as “satisfactory”, unlike the previous one that Sapkowski calls “stupid”. The books now also sell much better, by the way, finally making it to English tops.