Elden Ring has been a wildly popular release on PC in recent weeks and it has now earned the distinction of reaching almost a million concurrent players on Steam.
PC Gamer reports that the release, made by From Software, has peaked at 953,426 concurrent players in its second weekend after dropping onto the storefront.
This, of course, is not representative of the figures on Xbox or PlayStation, while the figures only take into account those who bought the game through Steam; it is also purchasable through the official store of Bandai Namco.
As a result, PC Gamer claims that the game has likely sold millions of copies on PC, and this also points to the game having legs. Playtracker claims that there are likely to be between 2.2 million and 2.3 million owners of the game through the system, as opposed to on Playstation and Xbox.
Most new releases tend to peak in the first week of release, rather than the second weekend, so one can expect players to keep playing From’s latest epic opus.
Of course, Elden Ring has gone down as one of the best-reviewed games of all time, particularly on console.
On PC, Metacritic has credited the game with a score of 94 from 48 reviews, meaning it is the best-reviewed PC game of 2022, thus far. It is also the 10th-best reviewed PC game of all time, behind Disco Elysium, Half-Life 2, Grand Theft Auto V, The Orange Box, Half-Life, Bioshock, Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn, Portal 2 and Skyrim.
Its user score is, admittedly, more mixed, with a 6.5 rating, seemingly mostly due to technical issues on some computers.
Per PC Gamer, the number of concurrent players is record-setting, with the game currently the sixth-biggest ever launch on the system.
Per Steam DB, only PUBG: Battlegrounds, Lost Ark, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, and Cyberpunk 2077 have had a higher player count all-time.
PUBG is likely to retain the top spot for some time, as it has an all-time peak of 3.2 million players; Lost Ark, in second, has 1.3 million.
The rest of the top 10 is made up by New World, Valheim, Terraria and Capcom Arcade Stadium.
Expect Elden Ring to keep climbing if the current numbers continue as they are, and people keep purchasing the game through Steam.