Starfield Has Already Shattered Skyrim’s Concurrent Player Peak On Steam

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Starfield hasn’t even been out for a full week yet (well, if you’re ignoring the premium edition’s early access launch) and it has already managed to beat Skyrim’s all-time player peak on Steam.


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This should probably come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but Starfield has been a monumental success for both Xbox and Bethesda Game Studios since its launch earlier this week. It’s seen its fair share of criticism, sure, but players and critics alike seem to be pretty happy with it overall, as evidenced by the game sitting at a “Mostly Positive” rating on Steam.

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Starfield has been a big success in regard to its player count, too. Xbox confirmed earlier this week that it was Bethesda Game Studios’ biggest launch ever with over six million players and counting across all platforms. It looks like Starfield isn’t going to slow down anytime soon, as its concurrent player peak on Steam has already managed to overtake one of Bethesda’s most popular games.

Earlier today, SteamDB’s Twitter account shared that Starfield had managed to hit 325,000 concurrent players on Steam, shattering the previous record set by Skyrim, which had an all-time peak of 287,411 players around the time it launched. Starfield’s concurrent player number has only grown since SteamDB shared that accomplishment, hitting 330,723 concurrent players as of the time of writing.

That means that, at its current peak, Starfield has managed to amass around 43,312 more concurrent players than Skyrim had at launch, which is a massive feat considering how huge the fifth Elder Scrolls game was and continues to be. For context, Bethesda Game Studios’ last release, Fallout 76, had an all-time peak of 32,982 players when it launched, which is obviously a huge difference.

Starfield’s concurrent player count might have managed to beat Skyrim, but there’s still one Bethesda game that it hasn’t overtaken just yet – Fallout 4. According to SteamDB’s data, Fallout 4’s concurrent player peak was 472,962, which is around 142,239 more players than Starfield’s current peak.

Fallout 4's Steam concurrent player peak.
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Still, even if Starfield hasn’t quite managed to achieve Bethesda’s biggest concurrent player count on Steam, it’s still quite the accomplishment for it to have outpaced Skyrim, one of the most popular games of all time and one that’s been especially popular on PC thanks to mods, less than a week after its launch.

It’s also worth noting that Starfield is the first game from Bethesda to launch on Xbox Game Pass, which is undoubtedly going to have an impact on the number of gamers playing it through Steam. Fallout 4 and Skyrim both launched before Game Pass was even a thing, which means that Steam would have been the only way to play them on PC.

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