- Hogwarts Legacy exceeded expectations on launch day. The game hit a peak-concurrent player count of 807k on steam.
- That’s more than the number achieved by multiplayer games like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and Apex Legends.
- The game’s success comes after its release was marred with controversy over J.K. Rowling’s controversial remarks.
Harry Potter is pretty much a household name around the world. The movie series’ success was unprecedented, earning it the most dedicated fandom. But despite the movie series’ success, there existed not a single video game worthy of its name. But that was supposed to change with the release of Hogwarts Legacy.
And now that supposition seems to have come true as Hogwarts Legacy has become a massive hit across all platforms. On steam, the game has already beaten the all-time high concurrent player count of games like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and Apex Legends.
According to the figures available on SteamDB, Hogwarts Legacy’s concurrent player count on steam crossed the 500k mark reaching 807k at the time of writing this article, making it the 8th most-played game of all time on steam and third most-played single-player game on the platform.
Some experts are even saying that the game might be performing even better on PlayStation.
For comparison Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and Apex Legends has a peak concurrent steam player count of 491k and 511k, respectively. It is a great feat because these two were actually massive multi-player games. Some gaming industry experts expect the game to sell around 10 million units in a week. But Hogwarts Legacy’s success was not guaranteed.
The game’s release has been surrounded by controversy for the last few months. Most of that was generated by controversial remarks made by J.K. Rowling, the author of the original Harry Potter series, some time ago. Some people had been voicing their anger at Warner Bros.‘s lack of condemnation of her transphobic remarks.
As reported by famous publications like Bloomberg, some Harry Potter fans were at odds with whether to buy the game because of Rowling’s inconsiderate remarks. There was also the talk of boycotting the game. Twitch streamers and reviewers were threatened with being “canceled.”
Hogwarts Legacy even received a few untoward reviews from some “professional” reviewers who let outside-the-game politics cloud their judgment. But as evidenced by the figures on SteamDB, this attempt to undermine the game’s success has failed on release.
If the agenda against the game was to succeed it would have been awfully unfair to the developers and programmers at Avalanche Software, who worked tirelessly on the game since at least 2017. No one has the right to punish the development team of Hogwarts Legacy for something out of their control.
Hogwarts Legacy’s success is a testament that most gamers value the efforts of developers. They don’t let politics or the agenda beyond the game cloud their appreciation of a game.
Despite the surprise at the game’s astounding success, there were signs that the game would become a hit as it was at top of the steam’s weekly top-seller charts. Nevertheless, Hogwarts Legacy’s release is not seamless. As reported by some PC players, the game’s PC port is riddled with issues.
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