The story of Cyberpunk 2077 shows how quickly an almost surefire candidate for the GotY title can suddenly become a textbook example of a game that utterly failed to live up to the expectations on release. However, this disappointment did not translate into a drop in popularity of CD Projekt RED's latest work among the Internet users. At least, that's according to a list of the ten biggest fan communities (or fandoms), in which Cyberpunk 2077 took sixth place. Thus, the Polish game came ahead of Marvel, Grand Theft Auto, Star Wars and many other well-known brands.
The list was created by FandomSpot.com, based on three stats: the number of logins to Reddit subforums, Google Trends queries and social media hashtags since March 2020. The most important factor was the number of new users on the franchise's largest so-called subreddits. This could be considered to favour newer titles, including Cyberpunk 2077, which saw the second biggest increase in phrases in Google Trends and account registrations on Reddit subreddits (and third in Google searches).
However, there is no way to defend this thesis in the context of the first five positions. The undisputed winner turned out to be Minecraft with a FandomSpot score of over 34 thousand points, more than twice as high as Pokemon, which took second place. The podium is closed by Animal Crossing (which is easy to understand, because March 2020 was marked by the launch of the arch-popular New Horizons), and trailing behind it were Dungeons and Dragons and The Legend of Zelda. Nevertheless, these results are better treated as a curiosity than a "scientific" analysis.
Of course, we can argue that the popularity of Cyberpunk 2077 first resulted from the pre-release hype, and now from reports of one or another bug that plague (or used to plague) the game. Nevertheless, it can be seen as a peculiar, but nonetheless proof of interest in the title, which - as the developers believe - can still regain the trust of buyers. Perhaps then CD Projekt will make up for the loss in the first quarter of 2021. For now, players have to make do with mods, for which they thanked their creators.
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