MultiVersus absolutely shattered records when it released this summer as the biggest PC fighting game launch of all time, but it apparently failed to sustain that momentum and initial success over the following months. .
Where Warner Bros.’ Platform Fighter once eclipsed the rest of the genre’s active players on Steam combined, MultiVersus has dropped exponentially in its user count to the point that it can’t even be the definitive number two in terms of popularity.
Right now, MultiVersus has 2,938 online players and a 24-hour peak of 3,187 players according to Steam Charts, which is pretty decent in the PC fighting game realm all told.
It is, however, a long way from when the game hit its all-time high of 153,044 players, which means 98% of those people are no longer actively jumping.
Fighting games have almost always declined in player numbers within months of their launch, but this meteoric launch has made that decline all the more extreme.
As a rare free-to-play title in the genre with heavy support, it makes sense that MVS would see that early boost while apparently not giving those folks enough reason to stick around.
MultiVersus has been identified as a potential killer of Brawlhalla with its even better availability, structure and presentation, which has yet to really come to fruition.
Brawlhalla is once again the biggest fighter on Steam with a very comfortable lead of 13,414 players at its current 24-hour peak.
Tekken 7 also consistently outperforms MultiVersus with its impressive peak last day of 7,268 active users.
|Title||30 day average||24 hour peak||All time peak|
|Guilty Equipment Effort||1,658||2,531||30,939|
|street fighter 5||1,575||2,203||13,807|
|Mortal Kombat 11||1,227||1,475||27,301|
|Dragon Ball Fighter Z||1,091||1,801||44,234|
|king of fighters 15||542||813||8,205|
|Granblue Fantasy: Versus||342||339||2,599|
|Melty Blood: Lumina-Type||135||193||13,182|
|Skullgirls 2nd Encore||118||228||3,916|
|Persona 4 Arena Ultimate||45||83||5,628|
|Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl||ten||20||9,120|
While the drop against MultiVersus is significant, the game is far from struggling, especially when compared to the other big fighter releases this year.
DNF Duel’s numbers are absolutely dismal with only 47 people put together, which represents today’s best prospects compared to when it reached over 12,000 concurrent players at launch.
The King of Fighters 15 fares a bit better but still grossly underperforms next to its competition where the game’s high point last month only hit 664.
MultiVersus undeniably has some negative factors that keep people away, whether it’s the gritty nature of the content, the lack of compelling new releases, and the fact that it’s still in an unstable and unfinished beta state.
Warner Bros. proved they have something that the general gaming population is very interested in, but they also completely dropped the ball when it came to proving its toughness factor.
It will be very interesting to see how many players return to MultiVersus once crossplay hits full release, though it may very well continue to drop before then.
Image source: Scott Cresswell.
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