- Bethesda Game Studios' Starfield has made a significant impact on its release, captivating Xbox and PC gamers.
- Despite the changing gaming landscape and the availability of services like Xbox Game Pass, Starfield's success is undeniable and speaks to Bethesda's commitment to quality.
- Despite upcoming competition from other major titles, Starfield has solidified its position in the gaming world, promising players an expansive universe to explore.
After years of anticipation, Bethesda Game Studios released Starfield, immediately captivating Xbox and PC enthusiasts. Bethesda has proudly reported that upon release, Starfield surpassed six million players, crowning it the largest launch in the studio's history. The incorporation of the title into the Xbox Game Pass subscription boosts this number as well, which has been a considerable win for Xbox. Additionally, Starfield's popularity surged on Steam, sitting comfortably next to prominent titles like Counter-Strike, Dota 2, and Baldur's Gate 3.
In just a single day, Starfield recorded a peak of 313,993 concurrent players on Steam, surpassing the record of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which hit a peak of 287,411 concurrent players 12 years ago.
Though it should be noted, the gaming landscape was different then. Specifically, services such as Xbox Game Pass were non-existent at the time. The availability of Starfield on Xbox Game Pass might be pulling a significant portion of players away from Steam, but this doesn't diminish its success.
On the game's official launch day, Starfield tallied an impressive one million concurrent players across all platforms. In terms of its sales, while specific numbers remain undisclosed, it is evident that the game has attracted a broad audience, even counting those who accessed it early through premium purchase options.
This massive uptake isn't just about the numbers, but a testament to Bethesda's consistent commitment to quality. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim sold 3.5 million copies in its initial 48 hours, amassing over 280,000 concurrent players on Steam during its launch. Over time, it has been purchased 60 million times, cementing its position among the top 10 best-selling games in history.
However, not every player's response to Starfield is glowing. The reception has been a mix of admiration, criticism, and skepticism. The game is perhaps most disappointing to those who were under the impression that they were diving into Bethesda's response to No Man's Sky and Elite Dangerous and not just another Bethesda formula RPG only that it's set in space. Furthermore, the game's release has also seen a divide between fans and skeptics. Some gamers express that critics of Starfield might not have even played the game but merely followed the popular trend of critiquing Bethesda or Xbox titles.
This isn't impossible. After all, trolls planned to review bomb Starfield ahead of its launch, just because it's not on the PlayStation 5 - an advantage, if you ask Todd Howard.
On the flip side, Starfield's engrossing and expansive universe have earned praise. The game's rich lore and attention to detail create a mesmerizing experience. From intricate narratives behind every exploration to the freedom of engaging in myriad activities like kidnapping, setting up supply chains, or simply enjoying space vistas, the game offers a diverse range of experiences. Games very rarely deliver on expectations. In the eyes of many, Starfield does this.
A significant mention should goes to Starfield's modding community as well. It's already gaining traction on platforms like Nexus mods, it's only a matter of time before Starfield achieves the same legendary modding status as Skyrim.
While the future holds challenges, especially with upcoming titles such as Mortal Kombat 1, Marvel's Spider-Man 2, and Alan Wake 2 potentially vying for attention, Starfield has firmly established itself as a celestial body in the gaming universe, promising countless hours of exploration and excitement.