- As far as ground-breaking exclusives go, Starfield appears to be pretty hell-bent on making a name for itself in terms of global sales. Bethesda’s 25-years-in-the-making space RPG has been making waves across Europe as per data, becoming the fastest-selling title this year so far and the best-selling new IP of 2023.
- According to the report, the data does not include statistics coming in from the side of the Xbox Game Pass subscription service, so it’s plausible to anticipate an even bigger player base formulating on that front.
Starfield appears to be the talk of the town these days, tracing its release earlier this month and becoming a fairly successful hit soon upon launch. As per new data coming in from GamesIndustry.biz, the space RPG from Bethesda is one of the fastest-selling games of 2023 in Europe so far, and if we talk in terms of new IP sales alone, there’s no other game topping Starfield right now.
Starfield is the fifth fastest-selling game across Europe this year. Starfield was technically on sale for longer due to the early access. But this is purely sales, no Game Pass data. Starfield comes ahead of Forza Horizon 5 as the biggest Xbox launch this generation (GSD data) pic.twitter.com/T9ywddGmDZ
— Christopher Dring (@Chris_Dring) September 18, 2023
Starfield had to beat a fair bit of competition to earn the fifth spot on the list, but it’s worth iterating that the game has had more time to sell, technically, given its early access period starting from September 1 for those who either got the Premium or Constellation Edition of the title. That said, the data gathered does not include analytics from the side of Xbox Game Pass, which is where Starfield landed on day one.
The games running north of the title currently in Europe include Hogwarts Legacy, Diablo 4, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. Starfield beat Resident Evil 4, Final Fantasy 16, F1 23 by EA, Dead Island 2, and even NBA 2K23 to be where it’s at right now. Moreover, it’s been reported that Starfield is the biggest launch for Xbox this generation, which spans the release of Xbox Series X|S.In terms of weekly sales, though, where the week ended September 10, Starfield has come out on the top spot, outclassing the likes of NBA 2K23, Grand Theft Auto 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, and Titanfall 2. The latter has been headlining articles the last few days, and all for good reason.
After going on sale for a mere $2.99 on Steam, everyone seemed to jump in on the fun and discover how this title plays out. This led to Titanfall 2’s player base going up in numbers, enjoying what appears to be a resurgence after all these years. If you’re interested, what went down was that Titanfall 2 received a new update after a considerably long period of time, fixing its servers and making the shooter playable again. Soon afterward, it went on sale as well. Quite the perfect combo here.
Anyhow, coming back to the topic at hand, Starfield devs recently pushed out a hotfix for the game, making multiple fixes to the title, but also announcing something exceptionally promising in the wake of it. As per official confirmation, the space RPG in question will get some of the top-requested community features, including city maps, DLSS support for PC, and even 32:9 ultrawide monitor support.
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In other news, a Larian Studios dev responded to World of Warcraft’s team lead Mark Kern, who compared Baldur’s Gate 3 to Starfield, and captioned the comparison with, “The difference that passion makes.” Subsequently, Mark put up a photo of both games, each alongside the review scores that they gathered from around the world. Michael Douse, Baldur’s Gate 3 Director of Publishing, said,
This is a really disingenuous oversimplification, man. It’s not true, or right, so suggest that the average developer at Bethesda lacks passion. You can respect those folks while disliking the game. But you can’t say they didn’t care.”
Starfield made landfall on September 6 for Xbox Series X|S and PC.
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