Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is Steam’s biggest launch in 2019, but numbers are slightly behind Dark Souls 3

By Sherif Saed, Monday, 25 March 2019 09:20 GMT

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has had a decent launch on Steam.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, From Software’s newest game, officially launched worldwide on Friday. This is also true for the PC version, where the game has been available exclusively through Steam.

With every high-profile Steam launch come concurrent player number comparisons, and in this case, Sekiro appears to have had a good, albeit slightly calm, launch. Since Friday, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice went on to have a peak of 124,334 players concurrently, according to Steam Charts as well as Steam’s own stats page.

Depending on the time of day, Sekiro jumped between the fourth, and fifth spots on Steam’s most active games list, sitting behind giants Dota 2, PUBG, and CS:GO.

These numbers are enough to make Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice the biggest Steam launch in 2019 so far, well ahead of Devil May Cry 5, and Resident Evil 2 Remake at 88.735, and 74,024 players, respectively – the two biggest releases on PC this year thus far.

When comparing this with From Software’s most recent game, we can clearly see that it’s just a couple of thousands players behind Dark Souls 3. The ending to the trilogy amassed over 129,000 concurrent players at launch, only 5,000 more than Sekiro.

Dark Souls 3 remains From Software’s most successful Steam launch, but Sekiro’s numbers are impressive when you take into account the fact it’s a new IP. Sekiro also does away with online co-op, a core component of all Souls games, which is likely also a factor.

It’s possible the figures will make another jump during the week, but the first weekend after launch has traditionally been when games set their peak concurrent, except in very few instances.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a very challenging game, so we put together a few combat tips to help you get started. If you’re already deep into it, you may want to check out our crafting and upgrade material guide.

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