The second season of The Witcher series has been released on Netflix. This spurred another wave of interest in Geralt’s last game. The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt saw a spike to over 71,000 concurrent users per day. As I reported back then, the release of Season 1 in 2019 triggered a surge in players that exceeded the game’s launch in 2015. There were over 100,000 concurrent players.
Although 71,000 is not quite enough to reach the launch peak of over 92,000, it continues to amaze that a single-player, six-year-old PC game still attracts so many concurrent users. It’s possible that people are returning to the game or picking it up after watching season 2.
It makes you wonder if “videogame shows” could be popular in the opposite direction. Could we possibly get a Witcher prequel with Michelle Yeoh if that proves popular? It’s hard to predict since that would likely require complex legal wrangling between Netflix & CD Projekt regarding those notoriously complicated videogame right rights.
I don’t care what the outcome is. I think I’ll write this article again when season 3 is released. I hope the Witcher 3 Next Generation Upgrade will be available by then, and the game will look more like… 2023. 2024? We’ll be there when it happens.