- The Finals, Embark Studios’ FPS, has hit the 235,983 concurrent player mark on Steam.
- The devs had to implement a temporary login to prevent the servers from getting overwhelmed.
- The team-based title’s beta run went live on October 26 and will last till November 4.
The Finals, a free-to-play first-person shooter, has left many surprised over its successful open beta. The game garnered a whopping 235,983 concurrent Steam players on the third day, making it a more successful beta launch than the likes of Battlefield 2042. The title is one of the first two projects being worked on by the Stockholm-based Embark Studios.
The Finals’ open-beta run went live on October 26 as scheduled and instantly became crowded, reaching over 60k Steam players within 5 hours. But the moment of truth came two days later when throngs of players started streaming in. On the third day of the test run, the Steam concurrent player count crossed the 100k mark, reaching 235,983 at one point, getting into the top 5 games on SteamDB.
The traffic became so enormous that the devs had to set up temporary login cues to prevent the servers from being overwhelmed. It’s worth noting that the game even outperformed Battlefield 2042’s 107k peak, which is impressive considering that former employees of DICE, the studio famous for developing the Battlefield series, founded Embark Studios.
Moreover, The Finals had a positive impression on those who played the game, although there has been some criticism of the studio’s use of AI announcers. The title’s destructible-focused gameplay really moved the fans, with many praising its team-oriented style of play. Apart from the login issues, the open beta had a few other minor problems which were promptly taken care of by the devs.
🛠️ Contestants! We're working on expanding our OPEN BETA capacity, here is an update from the team 🛠️ pic.twitter.com/gDjIt03lyu
— THE FINALS (@reachthefinals) October 27, 2023
This was The Finals’ third beta run as the studio had already conducted two other closed test runs earlier in the year. The team-based multiplayer game’s first closed beta ran from March 7-23 while the second lasted from June 14-21. There were a few complaints of low frame rates but it appears they have been taken care of as no such issues have been reported.
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The community also reported improvements in several other aspects of the title which were spotted in previous test runs. The gunplay in the closed beta was found to be glitchy and the movement laggy. The devs have taken care of these problems. The skins and other cosmetics have been immensely improved as well.
The Finals open beta will be live until November 5 for PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5. Embark Studios is yet to announce the release date of the title.
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