Back at E3 Activision said it wasn’t too bothered by the millions of dislikes on its Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare reveal trailer. They were the vocal minority, they decried, and not a huge indicator that gamers were tiring of near-future warfare. One game which took the opposite tack was Battlefield 1. Shying away from the series’ long-standing modern warfare theme, Battlefield 1 returns the series to where it all began - historical warfare. And the early results have been impressive with beta numbers indicating Battlefield 1 is DICE’s most popular beta ever by a long shot.
Current stats put peak concurrent player count across all three platforms (PC, Xbox One and PC) at just shy of 900,000. Both Star Wars: Battlefront and Battlefield Hardline peaked at 400,000 concurrent. The former went on to sell 15 million+ copies, over double that achieved by Battlefield 4 at last count.
In a nutshell, Battlefield 1 is the most popular game ever from DICE. Will this translate into sales come October 21st? In all probability, yes, the thirst is clearly there from an audience crying out for the return of historically themed military shooters.
As for the platform breakdowns, here’s how it currently stands -
PC: 70,793 (24h peak: 143,105)
XBOXONE: 67,437 (24h peak: 224,732)
PS4: 145,084 (24h peak: 279,927)
I’m writing this at 10AM in the UK while most of North America is sleeping, so that explains the current lower count. From the peak figures we can see that PS4 accounts for 43%, Xbox One is 34%, and finally PC is 23%. For a franchise which has roots on PC it’s perhaps a little surprising to see PC sit in last place but there could be all sorts of reasons for this, not least of which is waiting for the full version to arrive. Despite the 23% share though, Battlefield 1 would still be the third most popular game on Steam if it was on Valve’s platform, losing out only to DOTA 2 and CSGO.
Evidently Battlefield 1 is a giant in the making, is it deserved? Are you glad to see a AAA game return to the World War theme? Let us know!