MultiVersus absolutely broke records when it was released this summer as the biggest fighting game ever to launch on PC, but it seemed to fail to maintain that initial momentum and success in the following months.
Where Warner Bros. Once the platform fighter outpaced the rest of the active players in the genre on Steam combined, the number of users dropped precipitously to the point where it couldn’t possibly be the definitive number two in terms of popularity.
Right now, MultiVersus sits with 2,938 players online and a 24-hour peak of 3,187 players according to Steam Charts, which is pretty decent in the world of PC fighting games.
However, it’s a far cry from when the game reached its absolute peak of 153,044 players, which means 98% of those people are no longer actively mobile.
Fighting games always drop in player count a few months after their release, but this meteoric launch made that drop seem even more extreme.
As a rare free-to-play title in this genre with so much support, it makes sense for MVS to see that support for their debut while not giving these guys enough reason to stick around.
MultiVersus has been pegged as a potential Brawlhalla killer by its wide availability, better build and display, which is yet to be fully realized.
Once again, Brawlhalla has become the biggest fighter on Steam with a very comfortable lead of 13,414 players as it hits its current 24-hour peak.
Tekken 7 now consistently beats MultiVersus as well as its impressive peak last day of 7,268 active users.
|Title||Average 30 days||24 hour rush||peak at all times|
|Guilty Gear Cahed||1,658||2,531||30939|
|Street Fighter 5||1,575||2,203||13807|
|Mortal Kombat 11||1,227||1,475||27301|
|Dragon Ball FighterZ||1,091||1,801||44234|
|The king of fighters 15||542||813||8205|
|Granblue Fantasy: Versus||342||339||2,599|
|Stained blood: Lumina type||135||193||13182|
|Skullgirls 2nd Encore||118||228||3916|
|Persona 4 Arena Ultimax||45||83||5628|
|Nickelodeon All Star Brawl||10||20||9,120|
While the decline facing MultiVersus is significant, the game is far from suffering, especially when faced with other big fighter releases this year.
The DNF Duel numbers are quite dismal with only 47 people online being the best prediction of the day compared to when they hit over 12,000 concurrent players at launch.
The King of Fighters 15 does a little better but still pretty much underperforms next to its competition with the game’s highest score last month being just 664.
There’s no denying that MultiVersus has detractors that drive people away whether it’s the cumbersome nature of the content, the lack of compelling new releases and the fact that it’s still in an unstable and incomplete beta state.
Warner Bros. proved it. That it has something that the gaming audience cares about greatly, but they’ve also completely dropped the ball when it comes to proving their survival factor.
It will be very interesting to see how many players will return to MultiVersus once the crossover hits its full release though it may continue to drop further before then.
Image source: Scott Cresswell.
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