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Cyberpunk 2077 set to overtake Starfield's player count with Phantom Liberty update

Dan Lipscombe

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Cyberpunk 2077 set to overtake Starfield's player count with Phantom Liberty update

Featured Image Credit: CD Projekt RED, Bethesda

It might not come as much of a surprise but the release of Cyberpunk 2077's patch 2.0 and Phantom Liberty DLC is seeing players flock to the game, leaving behind the latest sci-fi adventure Starfield.

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According Steam charts, which logs the number of concurrent players, Cyberpunk 2077 has been lurking right behind Starfield but was, at one point, creeping ahead briefly. The early release of the 2.0 patch which seemingly radically overhauled much that has been wrong with the game for some time, has players flooding in.

Take a look at Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty in action below.

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Personally, I skipped Cyberpunk 2077 until this patch dropped as it seems to be more in the image of what the designers and developers originally wanted to achieve. It's clear that a lot of players are either returning or giving the game a chance now the inconsistencies have stabilised.

As reported by TheGamer, Cyberpunk 2077's playerbase has increased by "over 900%" since the patch release. If this number is accurate, Starfield will be surpassed, particularly if those players choose to grab the Phantom Liberty DLC and stick around.

Now is definitely the right time to jump back into Night City. So many of the game's key mechanics have been overhauled, including the levelling system and the armour usage. The NCPD AI has been dramatically improved to be smarter and more ruthless.

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So much has changed that the developers, CDProjekt Red, are suggesting that players start from scratch rather than carry on their previous save files - which is a nice excuse to try out a new character path and build, too.

With the 2.0 patch, PC players also have a wealth of graphics options to try out, including the new DLSS options and a specific upgrade to ray tracing, ray pathing, though it's only available to those with an RTX 4000 series GPU.

Topics: Cyberpunk 2077, Starfield, Bethesda, CD Projekt Red

Dan Lipscombe
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