Elden Ring is the biggest launch for From Software thus far. The iconic title had skyrocketed with the fuel of hype and anticipation even before its release. From Software’s new open-world action-adventure RPG fused George R.R Martin’s flawless storytelling and Hidetaka Miyazaki’s expertise to craft an unforgettable Souls-like experience. It is no wonder that the title has garnered unprecedented success in just a few days of its release.
The Souls-like successor has hit countless milestones in just a couple of days. The title boasts having over twice the number of concurrent players than all the other Dark Souls games and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice combined. On its first day, Elden Ring hit an apex player count on Steam with more than 700,000 concurrent players, as per SteamDB. When you regard that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice had a pinnacle peak of 125,315 players and Dark Souls 3 had 129,975 players on Steam, you can see just how gigantic these digits are on PC.
Elden Rings Concurrent Players today on Steam is over 2x higher than every Dark Souls + Sekiro games all-time peaks combined
Elden Ring – 861,538
DS3 – 129,975
Sekiro – 125,315
DS2 – 79,528
DS Remastered – 24,501
DS 2: SOTFS – 12,106
DS1 – 11,259
Total – 382,684 pic.twitter.com/VRzVBMYeY9
— Benji-Sales (@BenjiSales) February 26, 2022
The numerals above give you a glimpse of the path of recognition that Elden Ring is traversing. All the other Souls-like games were well received for the most part. However, Elden Ring has left them almost all in the dark — pun intended — as the rightful successor. The title ought to seek milestones that were considered improbable a decade ago.
The game has also sold like hotcakes. Though the publisher Bandai Namco has yet to publicize the game’s official launch sale. We can assume the game to be readily above 1,000,000 concurrent players across all platforms if the PC numbers alone are enough to give you an idea. We’ve seen immense success just from Steam alone at this point. The game is selling on consoles in a hefty amount as well.
The stellar success of Elden Ring is reflected by its milestones. The game is currently the second-most played game on Steam by concurrent player count, just below the well-known Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It is worth noting that Elden Ring has overshadowed prominent titles. It’s not common for a single-player-focused title to defeat numerous online multiplayer titles.
Although the Elden Ring is performing better than ever expected, it has also experienced a bundle of negative reviews on Steam for the lack of proper optimizations for the PC version. The notorious bugs have made the game unenjoyable for some players. However, the company is working to resolve these issues, as stated in the following statement. Ray-tracing is predicted to come in the future for Elden Ring. The technology itself ought to improve in the future, as discussed in a recent patent from Sony Interactive Entertainment.
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