Starfield, having been released for less than a week (excluding the early access premium edition launch), has already surpassed Skyrim’s all-time player peak on Steam. This achievement comes as no surprise given the immense success of Starfield for both Xbox and Bethesda Game Studios.
Despite facing some criticism, the game has garnered praise from players and critics alike, maintaining a “Mostly Positive” rating on Steam. Starfield’s success is further reflected in its player count, with Xbox confirming it as Bethesda Game Studios’ biggest launch ever, boasting over six million players across all platforms.
Notably, Starfield’s concurrent player peak on Steam reached a staggering 330,723 players, surpassing Skyrim’s previous record of 287,411 players at launch. This accomplishment marks a significant milestone considering Skyrim’s enduring popularity in the gaming community.
While Starfield has overtaken Skyrim, it has yet to surpass another Bethesda title, Fallout 4, which reached a peak of 472,962 concurrent players. Nevertheless, achieving this milestone in such a short time is commendable, especially given Skyrim’s status as one of the most beloved PC games, known for its modding community.
It’s worth noting that Starfield is the first Bethesda game to launch on Xbox Game Pass, which is likely contributing to its player count on Steam. Unlike Fallout 4 and Skyrim, which were exclusively available on Steam for PC gamers, the inclusion of Starfield in the Xbox Game Pass lineup has broadened its accessibility