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Starfield hit over 230,000 concurrent players in its first two hours on Steam


Starfield hit more than 230,000 concurrent players in its first two hours on Steam, despite only being in its early access period.

According to SteamDB, the game hit a peak of 234,502 concurrent players on August 31 at 10pm ET (September 1 at 3am BST), just a couple hours after it had launched.

This was the sixth highest peak concurrent user count on Steam in the past 24 hours, even though the game isn’t officially released until September 6.

Players who buy Starfield’s Premium Edition or Constellation Edition get up to five days of early access to the game, while everyone else has to wait for the official release date.

Critical reception to the game has been largely positive, with the Xbox Series X and PC versions currently sitting on Metacritic scores of 87 and 88 respectively.


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VGC’s Starfield review calls it “the ultimate Bethesda game”, saying it “takes what people loved about Fallout and Skyrim and casts it across an enormous galaxy”.

Reviewer Jordan Middler wrote: “Starfield is undoubtedly an experience that players will stick with for years to come. It’s content-rich in a way that’s rare in modern gaming, and exactly the experience that people who’ve been hoovering up different versions of Skyrim for years have wanted. It doesn’t truly reinvent the wheel with its mechanics, but almost everything it does, it does so well, that it’s a truly engrossing experience.”