Experience the long-awaited release of Bethesda Game Studios’ epic sci-fi RPG Starfield! With a staggering 6 million players and 1 million concurrent users, this game is taking the gaming world by storm. But how does it compare to BGS’ previous blockbusters like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fallout 4, and Fallout 76? Let’s dive into the launch numbers and see the incredible success of Starfield.
First, let’s address the game-changing arrival of Game Pass. With this subscription service, players can now access Starfield without purchasing the game outright. This, coupled with Bethesda’s acquisition by Microsoft, means that Starfield is exclusively available on Xbox consoles, unlike its multiplatform predecessors.
Now, let’s delve into Starfield’s launch numbers. On September 6, the game reached an impressive milestone of 1 million concurrent players across all platforms, including PC, console, and cloud. This puts Starfield in an elite category, with only a few games achieving such massive player counts. In fact, on Steam, only CS: GO had more than 1 million concurrent players on the same day.
While the exact sales figures for Starfield remain undisclosed, it was announced that the game has already reached 6 million players since its launch. This includes players who purchased the Premium Edition and Constellation Edition, as well as Xbox Game Pass subscribers who can enjoy the game at no additional cost.
Prior to Starfield, Fallout 76 was BGS’ last release. Despite initial criticism, the game proved its worth by becoming the fourth best-selling game of its launch month in November 2018. Bethesda’s continuous support and improvements led to a remarkable milestone of over 13.5 million players by the end of 2022.
Looking back even further, Fallout 4 had an extraordinary launch, shipping 12 million copies worldwide on its release day alone. This amounted to sales exceeding $750 million, surpassing even the revenue generated by GTA V in its first 24 hours. The success of the Fallout series is undeniable, with a new TV show in the works and the highly anticipated Fallout 5 on the horizon.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim remains BGS’ most beloved game, selling 3.5 million copies in its first 48 hours and surpassing 7 million within the first week. With over 60 million copies sold, Skyrim has secured its place among the top 10 best-selling games of all time. Even today, thousands of players continue to explore the vast world of Skyrim on Steam.
As we celebrate the triumph of Starfield and the enduring legacy of Bethesda Game Studios, we eagerly await the next installment in The Elder Scrolls series, The Elder Scrolls VI. While it may still be years away, the future of BGS promises even more unforgettable gaming experiences.