Starfield achieved a peak player count of 330,723 explorers on Steam, surpassing Skyrim’s concurrent player record set in 2011. At its launch on Steam, Skyrim had around 287,411 peak players. What makes this achievement even more impressive is that it doesn’t include Xbox Game Pass players on PC, who would add a significant number of players.
Prior to this record-breaking moment, Bethesda announced that Starfield had the biggest launch in the studio’s history, attracting over six million players. This surpasses the player count of Fallout and Skyrim. This is great news for the team, as Starfield was a riskier venture compared to releasing a new Elder Scrolls or Fallout title. However, fans can still expect new entries in both of those series in the future.
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However, Starfield still has some ground to cover to match Fallout 4’s peak of approximately 473,000 concurrent players in 2015 or Baldur’s Gate 3, which recently reached an impressive 875,000 peak concurrent players. It would be beneficial to combine Steam and PC Game Pass numbers for a more complete picture. Nevertheless, the noteworthy takeaway is that Starfield has been a huge success for both Bethesda and Microsoft on PC.