It seems Battlefield 1 has got off to a very tidy launch weekend. In fact, it’s managed to shift more units in a single weekend than Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline's respective launch weeks combined. The actual numbers playing Battlefield 1 are magnificent as well, peaking at almost 900,000 concurrent yesterday.
That’s over double achieved by Star Wars Battlefront in its own opening weekend, a game which went on to sell more than 14 million copies and counting. It’s safe to say EA and DICE have a hit on their hands.
In terms of most popular platforms, PlayStation 4 is edging it with a peak of 366,600 over the past 24 hours. And, despite EA jumping into bed with Microsoft for BF1, the Xbox One is behind on 277,300. PC players bring up the rear with a peak of 184,500. All three platforms have very healthy server populations then. Apart from PS4, truth be told, which has a current player count of zero. That’ll Sony’s trusty PlayStation Network in action.
I’ve been playing equal amounts of Battlefield 1 on both PC and PS4 and I haven’t really ran into any server issues just yet and not struggled to find to a game. From my limited viewpoint it appears as if Battlefield 1 isn’t running into any of the netcode issues which plagued BF4 at launch.
One last thing as well, because it doesn’t appear as if Battlefield 1 was the only winner this weekend. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI launched on PC on Friday and it’s been doing serious numbers. It’s peaked at at concurrent player count of 162,671, making it the third most popular game on the entirety of Steam. At long last something has finally pushed down Civ V.
What do you think then, does Battlefield 1 deserve its success? How was your first weekend with DICE's latest war epic?