You all have been hearing about how good Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is, right? Well, as it turns out, the anime is so good that it’s hyping up the game it’s based on, Cyberpunk 2077, like mad. All the way to the moon, you might say.

Cyberpunk 2077: The Anime Booster Shot It Needed?

"Cyberpunk 2077" Steam player numbers next to "Cyberpunk: Edgerunners" key art.
I guess a really good anime adaptation will make people forget about really buggy launches.

Video game industry journalist Benji-Sales just posted some interesting statistics on Twitter. According to him, on September 18, 2022; Cyberpunk 2077 hit a high of 85,555 concurrent players on Steam. For comparison: the game’s Steam Charts showed that the last time the game even came close to reaching such numbers was on February 17, 2021 at a mere 59,061 players. Granted, neither figures came even remotely close to the number of players the game had at launch, which due to the massive amounts of hype surrounding it, reached a record 1,054,388 players on December 10, 2020. Still, 85.5k players is an impressive number given all the issues the game had that caused that 1 million+ player number to crash.

So what do we have to thank for the recent player count high? Well, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners just launched last week on Netflix on September 13, 2022. All the rave reviews critics have been giving it are attracting a lot of attention to this anime series. Which in turn, is attracting a lot of attention to the game it’s based on. Combined with the Edgerunners collaboration update, and Cyberpunk 2077 has never been more popular. It would appear that CD Projekt Red’s gamble with Studio Trigger is paying off for them. Especially in the “Please forget our criminally buggy launch” department. And even if the anime hasn’t revitalized your interest in the game, at least we now have an excellent cyberpunk anime to watch.

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners ~ Details

While I do have an interest in the game, I’m far more interested in the anime spinoff.

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is a 10-episode Polish-Japanese cyberpunk sci-fi anime series set in the world of the action RPG game Cyberpunk 2077 by CD Projekt Red. In fact, CD Projekt Red collaborated with Studio Trigger (Kill la Kill, Little Witch Academia, Star Wars: Visions Ep. 3 (“The Twins”), and Ep. 7 (“The Elder”) to life. Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill, Promare) is the director, with Hiromi Wakabayashi as the creative director. Bartosz Sztybor, Jan Bartkowicz, and Łukasz Ludkowski wrote the story, with Masahiko Otsuka and Yoshiki Usa writing the screenplay. Lastly, Netflix is streaming this anime on its platform.

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners features the voice talents of Ken’ichirō Ōhashi (better known by his stage name Kenn) as David and Aoi Yabusaki (better known by her stage name of Aoi Yūki) as Lucy in the original Japanese version. Zach Aguilar plays David and Emi Lo plays Lucy in the English dub.

As for what Cyberpunk: Edgerunners is about? Well, we do have an official synopsis from Netflix. Check it out below:

“In a dystopia riddled with corruption and cybernetic implants, a talented but reckless street kid strives to become a mercenary outlaw – an edgerunner.”

You can watch Cyberpunk: Edgerunners only on Netflix.

Source: Twitter, Steam Charts