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Starfield Achieved an Unprecedented Player Count Record in 2023

A recent report by Newzoo has shed light on the state of the gaming industry in 2023 and what the future holds. The report discussed the top ten games on each core platform based on Monthly Average Users (MAU) in 2023, unveiling some intriguing insights.

One striking observation was that Starfield emerged as the sole single-player game to make it to the top ten on Xbox and PC in terms of average MAU (Monthly Average Users), even without PlayStation data due to it not being released on that platform. This new franchise stood out among a list dominated by multiplayer and cooperative games, where the other titles had an average age of over seven years.

Admin Note: it should be noted that these figures are only stats from major publishers who make them available publicly and does not include all stats from all games within the same time period, which means that the stats are skewed toward the available data set and not real world data.

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Sciurus_vulgaris69d ago

Starfield was a steam platinum tier seller in 2023( https://store.steampowered.... so the game did well. N4G seems to have an ever shifting goal post for what makes a game successful, especially if said title isn’t on your preferred platform.

shinoff218369d ago

Player count shouldn't really be a factor when the game was given away. What would've been real indicative is how much it sold. Which we won't get those numbers.

Truth is stsrfield was incomplete nonmatter how you put it, and it lacked alot. Lore, maps(2023), real exploration, etc. I won't even get into the stuff I think is dumb like fps and loading because it's trivial at best.

Games_People_Play69d ago

The game is also on Gamepass, so “player count” doesn’t impress me. What was the game’s total cost, including advertising, and what is the total sales?

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S2Killinit69d ago

What a bogus record. The game was on gamepass and MS acted like it was the most amazing thing to show up on a screen since moving pictures.

Its like breaking record for climbing but I took an elevator

mrcatastropheAF69d ago

@shinoff2183 the game topped steam charts from purchases so what are you on about goofy. It was not given to steam players for free and topped charts as a platinum seller.

We can have our opinions on the game but its financial success can't be understated

Games_People_Play69d ago

I never said Gamepass was free.
I have had Gamepass Ultimate on my PC and Xbox. How does that change what I said?

Mr_cheese69d ago

It's like congratulating wiisports for being the wiis top selling game when it was prepackaged with every system 🤣

Crows9068d ago

Yes it is. When an irrelevant disappointment keeps on trying to be relevant...it's sad

LordoftheCritics68d ago (Edited 68d ago )

''Starfield Achieved an Unprecedented Player Count Record.....''

Now imagine all those tears of suffering.

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Sonic188168d ago (Edited 68d ago )

The game is on gamepass. How much did the game sell 🤔

Zeref69d ago (Edited 69d ago )

The ONLY single player game in the top 10... Interesting. Not Tears of the Kingdom, Not Hogwarts Legacy, Not Spiderman 2, Baldurs Gate 3... Starfield is in the Top 10. The way people talk about the game as if it's the biggest flop ever contradicts reality. Goes to show that none of your opinions on this website matters. Reality disagrees. No matter how hard you try to spin this. Starfield came in late and blew every other game that people thought were "better" games out of the water in reality. We love to see it. Congrats to Bethesda and Xbox.

Obscure_Observer69d ago (Edited 69d ago )

"Starfield is in the Top 10. The way people talk about the game as if it's the biggest flop ever contradicts reality. Goes to show that none of your opinions on this website matters. Reality disagrees."

Absolutely! Starfield is an absolute success!

Direct quote from the article:

"One striking observation was that Starfield emerged as the sole single-player game to make it to the top ten on Xbox and PC in terms of average MAU (Monthly Average Users), even without PlayStation data due to it not being released on that platform. This new franchise stood out among a list dominated by multiplayer and cooperative games, where the other titles had an average age of over seven years."

Let them fight the numbers!

fr0sty69d ago (Edited 69d ago )

The game was included on gamepass, was released by the creator of the much-loved skyrim, and so they ride that hype train of "overhyped game from a popular dev that is being given away free to GP subs" to get every person who bothered to even try it for 5 minutes to drive up the monthly active users on PC and Xbox (excluding nintendo and PS5), creating a hype-point to sell the lie that their game is doing good, while still refusing to release actual sales numbers. Can't "fight the numbers" when the actual sales numbers aren't being released...

mrcatastropheAF69d ago

@fr0sty the game was a platinum seller on steam where folks needed to pay full price to get the "its only successful because it was on GP" angle is looking extra goofy rn

Ra303068d ago

Top 10 of what? Currently on Xbox Live its not cracking the Top 40 (41st) of most played games. On Game Pass where you play it free I'm told it can't crack the top 10 (15th) and on Steam its not one of the Top 100 most played. Sure a lot people bought into the pre-release hype as they did with Halo Infinite and jumped in on release but Starfield isn't currently on any top 10 most played list. So maybe back in 2023 just after release the game had good player count but that's no longer the case as Starfield The Game of the Generation suffered the same fate as Halo Infinite did when gamers actually got to play the game they didn't like it and quickly moved on.

Crows9068d ago

Can't fight numbers that dont exist buddy. How much did it sell?

Armaggedon68d ago

People keep jumping on this game. Its okay, they are still giving their time to it. Might as well be playing it

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Petebloodyonion69d ago

It seems they don't take into account Nintendo and it's mucky regarding PlayStation.
Not saying that Starfield was not popular in 2023 but simply saying that this article seems to cherry-pick some data in order to fit the headline.

Zeref69d ago (Edited 69d ago )

This website covered it better. This is the reality. Deal with it. Nintendo is covered properly and so is Playstation. Your excuses don't matter.

https://exputer.com/news/ga...

VincentVanBro68d ago (Edited 68d ago )

@Zeref, read the articles you send.

“ On the flip side, Switch has a few exclusive single-player titles on the top ten list.”

Don’t trust headlines, it is immediately contradicted in the body of the article

You’re full of shit lol

rippermcrip69d ago

Starfield was free to what...25 million? people.

No sales numbers released. Estimates are around 2.5-3 million. We know it dropped out of Steam Top 100 sales after only 2 months.

Good job trying to put down those other games that not only sold butt loads, but actually were GOTY winners/nominees.

Zeref69d ago

Your insecurity is showing because nowhere did I put these games down. I personally enjoyed Hogwarts Legacy much more than Starfield.

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purple10169d ago

Im a ps fan and even I know 12 million true it, surely we can do simple math, steam states it sold 3.8 million so the other 8 million either paid for it on Xbox or tried it included in their monthly sub

But yeh we will never know how many it was destined to sell because gp can make any game seem like a success
If still say 3.8 million on steam is pretty dang good tho

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CrashMania68d ago

You're wasting your time, actual logical thinking and context doesn't exist to these people, they know all this full well anyway. They know it didn;t move the hardware needle, barely anyone was rushing out to grab and xbox to play this, there was no huge increase in GP subs, no sales data has been given (no doubt it will pretty well on steam at least), gee I wonder why. It's easier for MS to to not give any context and talk about MAUs, planets explored, bullets fired lmao.

Crows9068d ago

@palapolonoj

Do some bing searches buddy

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shinoff218369d ago

And known of those games were given away on gamepass. What the sold numbers. Idc about ms player count that's a bs metric