Baldur’s Gate 3 is averaging an impressive 200,000 players months after release

October 12, 2023 by No Comments

The main points of the story

  • Baldur’s Gate 3 continues to maintain its player base more than two months after its launch, with a staggering 200,000 players on Steam.
  • In contrast, Starfield peaked on the platform with over 330,000 players while only managing to retain a fraction of those users.
  • Larian’s latest RPG seems to have performed well, although the studio founder previously expressed his concerns about the game’s peak during early access.

Over two months after its release, Baldur’s Gate 3 continues to hold an average of around 200,000 players on Steam. Looking at the statistics of the game on SteamDB, it’s clear that Ryan has managed to retain the player base after reaching an all-time high of over 870,000 players. With a 24-hour count of 188,669, there are over 120,000 users currently connected to the title.

Baldur’s Gate 3 player stats (via SteamDB)

However, one of September’s big launches isn’t doing too well on the platform. Two weeks after release, Starfield is now averaging just over 60,000 players with over 40,000 currently in-game. This is a surprisingly low retention rate considering the title’s all-time record of 330,723 players and the scale of this RPG. Given that the platform also has access to mods, this player count seems quite daunting.

Meanwhile, Cyberpunk 2077 saw the release of Phantom Liberty in addition to a massive player boost. With a 24-hour high of 127,308 users, CDPR’s open-world FPS RPG currently has over 115,000 people on the town tonight. The numbers between BG3, Starfield and Cyberpunk 2077 offer a fair amount of insight into how player retention works and how different factors affect it.

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Larian Studios released the third entry in the Baldur’s Gate series into Early Access in 2020. After an extensive three-year development period, the game saw its full launch, with the developers encouraging players to start over. Although this was mainly due to not supporting the early data retention approach, Larian emphasized how much has changed in the world. In an interview with PC GamerFounder Swen Vincke expressed how he was concerned that the title might have peaked during early access and so the huge launch came as a surprise.

The way Larian’s latest project managed to retain the players is one of the many factors that show how much time and effort Larian put into it. With the way the industry tends to focus on the secondary elements first, Larian’s fantasy RPG seems to have managed to prove that good single player games are still in high demand.

Mintara at Shaar Beldur 3.
Mintara at Shaar Beldur 3.

If you’ve spent the last couple of months exploring the game world, you’ve probably collected tons of accessories. If you’re not sure which ones to use, be sure to check out our Baldur’s Gate 3: The 20 BEST Amulets guide to get things sorted.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is available now on PlayStation 5, Windows and macOS. Read on to find out why we believe this is one of the greatest RPGs of all time.

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