- Baldur’s Gate 3 continues to retain its playerbase over two months after its launch, averaging a staggering 200,000 player count on Steam.
- In contrast, Starfield peaked on the platform with over 330,000 players while only managing to retain a fraction of those users.
- Larian’s latest RPG seems to have performed well, despite the studio’s founder previously expressing his concerns about the game peaking during Early Access.
Over two months after its release, Baldur’s Gate 3 continues to average approximately 200,000 players on Steam. Looking at the game’s statistics on SteamDB, it’s clear that Larian has managed to retain the playerbase after attaining an all-time peak of over 870,000 players. With a 24-hour count of 188,669, there are over 120,000 users currently logged into the title.
In contrast, one of September’s biggest launches isn’t faring too well on the platform. A couple of weeks into release, Starfield is currently averaging a little over 60,000 players with over 40,000 currently in the game. This is a surprisingly low retention rate considering the title’s all-time peak of 330,723 players and the scale of this RPG. Given that the platform also has access to mods, this player count seems rather underwhelming.
Meanwhile, Cyberpunk 2077 saw the release of Phantom Liberty in addition to a massive boost in players. With a 24-hour peak of 127,308 users, CDPR‘s open-world FPS RPG currently has over 115,000 people in Night City. The numbers between BG3, Starfield, and Cyberpunk 2077 offer a fair amount of insight into how player retention works and how various factors impact it.
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Larian Studios released the third entry of the Baldur’s Gate series in Early Access back in 2020. After an extensive development period of three years, the game saw its full launch, with the devs encouraging the players to start anew. While this was mainly due to the early access save data being unsupported, Larian emphasized how a lot had changed in the world. In an interview with PC Gamer, founder Swen Vincke expressed how he was worried that the title may have peaked during early access so the gargantuan launch came as a surprise.
The way Larian’s latest project has managed to retain the players is one of the many factors that show how much time and effort Larian has invested in it. With how the industry tends to focus on the secondary elements first, Larian’s fantasy RPG seems to have succeeded in proving that good single-player games are still in high demand.
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