The release of Season 2 of The Witcher (opens in new tab) series on Netflix has kicked off another spree of interest in the last game to feature Geralt, with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (opens in new tab) spiking to a high of over 71,000 daily concurrent players. The release of Season 1 in 2019 kicked off a spike of players that reached higher than the game's launch day in 2015, as I reported then (opens in new tab), with over 100,000 concurrent players.
A spike to 71,000 doesn't quite reach the launch peak, which was over 92,000, but it does continue to impress that a now over six year old singleplayer PC game continues to attract so many concurrent players. Perhaps people are picking it up, or returning to it, having just watched season 2.
Anyway, as far as "video game shows" goes, it makes you wonder if popularity could work in the other direction. Could we get a rad Witcher prequel (opens in new tab) game with Michelle Yeoh (opens in new tab) if that turns out popular, maybe? Hard to say, as that would probably involve complex legal wrangling between Netflix and CD Projekt about those notoriously (opens in new tab) complicated (opens in new tab) videogame (opens in new tab) rights (opens in new tab).
Either way, I expect when season 3 (opens in new tab) releases I'll be writing this article again. Hopefully, by then, the delayed Witcher 3 next generation upgrade (opens in new tab) will be out and the game will look a bit more... 2023? 2024? We'll see whenever that happens.