Just two months after the biggest launch in Bethesda history

Just two months after “the biggest launch in Bethesda history,” Starfield began to lag behind Skyrim in terms of player numbers on Steam.

Space role-playing game Starfield, shown two months ago “Biggest launch in Bethesda history”began to yield in terms of the number of simultaneous users on Steam to another project of the studio – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

    Image source: Steam (ZURC)

Image source: Steam (ZURC)

As the portal noted Rock and paper shotgunWe’re not talking about Starfield’s total defeat yet: this week there’s only The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which recently turned 12 years old began to progress Space role-playing game measured by the number of current players.

For example, at the time of publication, the Steam versions of Starfield and Skyrim Special Edition were played by 11k and 12.1k people, respectively. The new product is still ahead in terms of the highest online activity per day (26.7 thousand versus 23.8 thousand), but the gap is narrowing.

    Image source: SteamDB

Image source: SteamDB

It’s worth mentioning that Starfield is available not only on Steam, but also on the Game Pass subscription (PC and Xbox). However, a similar statement applies to the special edition of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The original Skyrim maintained its maximum daily online count above 30,000 for more than five years after its release (until March 2017), and Starfield started losing players after just two months.

    The world of Skyrim still attracts players (Image source: Steam)

The world of Skyrim still attracts players (Image source: Steam)

When Starfield reached 1 million concurrent players (total across all target platforms) in early September, the Steam version had just under 300,000 people. In other words, the project is becoming more popular in the Xbox ecosystem.

Starfield was released on September 6th on PC (Steam, Microsoft Store), Xbox Series X and S, and Game Pass (PC and Xbox). By the end of October, the game had more than 11 million viewers. The project was among the nominees for the Game Awards 2023, but only in one category.

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