Almost a quarter million people have suited up simultaneously and ventured into space with Starfield on Steam. The new RPG from Bethesda Game Studios–maker of Skyrim and Fallout 4–has already seen a peak concurrent players count of 234,502 on the PC client within a couple of hours of launching in the five-day early access period.
That means all of those Starfield players, charted by SteamDB, spent at least $100 to get early access to the space RPG on August 31. The Starfield Premium Edition and Constellation Edition (which costs $300) provide early access to the title on Steam, since Game Pass numbers aren’t included there.
The Starfield early access count is clearly higher when considering the Xbox Series X|S player base or PC users utilizing the Xbox app via Windows. It’s also on these platforms that Game Pass subscribers can spend just $35 to unlock Starfield early. For comparison, Baldur’s Gate 3 passed 800,000 concurrent players days after the RPG launched on PC. However, this is not yet an apples-to-apples comparison, both because of the Game Pass and Xbox releases as well as the current $100 asking price to play Starfield on Steam.
The regular launch time for Starfield is September 6 worldwide. Which, thanks to New Zealand, means players in the US can start their galactic journey at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET on September 5.
Starfield can actually be beaten in 12-15 hours, if you focused entirely on the main missions. But most people will probably find themselves spending around 45-70 hours in the RPG. For more on the title, check out GameSpot’s Starfield review, in which Michael Higham calls it “a game more concerned with quantity than quality.”
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