However, Starfield still falls short compared to the impressive numbers achieved by Fallout 4.
Following its full release on September 6, Bethesda's highly anticipated sci-fi RPG, Starfield, experienced a significant spike in player numbers on Steam during its first weekend. According to SteamDB, concurrent players exceeded 330,000, surpassing the launch numbers of Skyrim in 2011, which reached over 287,000. However, Starfield still falls behind Bethesda's top game, Fallout 4, which boasted nearly 473,000 concurrent players in 2015.
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While the numbers are impressive, it's essential to note that this data only represents a portion of the player base. Starfield is also available on the Microsoft Store and playable on Xbox Series X/S consoles. The Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, revealed that Starfield had exceeded one million concurrent users across all platforms. It's important to consider that this figure includes not only game purchasers but also Game Pass subscribers who were enticed to try the game. It's worth noting that Game Pass did not exist when Skyrim and Fallout 4 were initially released.
If you are curious about Starfield's peak concurrent player count compared to other notable Bethesda games on Steam, here are the numbers:
- Fallout 4 (2015) – 472,962
- Skyrim (2011) – 287,411
- The Elder Scrolls Online (2014) – 49,234
- Fallout 76 (2018) – 32,982
- Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition (2009) – 10,401
- Oblivion (2006) – 6,390
- Morrowind (2002) – 1,396
Speaking of the numbers of Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition (2009), Oblivion (2006), and Morrowind (2002), you should note that Steam made its debut in 2003, and in 2009, Valve introduced the practice of monitoring hours played and other player data on the platform.
While Starfield's specific numbers are not provided, this comparison offers insight into the peak concurrent player counts achieved by other significant Bethesda games on Steam throughout their respective histories.
If you want to read more about Bethesda's Starfield, you can have a look at the article we posted yesterday, about how its players tested physics on milk, potatoes, and toilet paper.
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