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Baldur’s Gate 3 peaks with a top-10 high Steam player count

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There seems to be no stopping the Baldur’s Gate 3 player count from hitting new highs.

Developer Larian has an even bigger success on its hands than many had anticipated. The development studio that achieved critical acclaim for its Divinity: Original Sin series of games is now doing better than ever before with the success of BG3.

How many people are playing Baldur’s Gate 3?

So many people are playing Baldur’s Gate 3 that the Baldur’s Gate 3 player count has now surpassed the 800,000 mark. This makes Baldur’s Gate 3 one of the biggest games to ever hit Steam, the dominant gaming platform on the PC.

The game’s concurrent player count on steam peaked at around 814,666. This now gives BG3 one of the 10 highest player active player counts in the history of Steam.

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BG3 had already surpassed some massive titles including Apex Legends, Valheim, and Fallout 4. This latest peak carries it past popular free-to-play multiplayer title Goose Goose Duck. It now trails two other single-player hits, Elden Ring and Hogwarts Legacy, as well MMORPG New World, all of which peaked just under one million concurrent players.

Only five games have ever managed to surpass one million concurrent players on Steam. The closest to BG3 is CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, which peaked at 1,054,388 players after its much-hyped release.

The Baldur’s Gate 3 player count speaks in part to well-received the game has been critically. As of this writing, it holds a lofty average score on Metacritic of 95, a number that very few games are able to maintain as disparate opinions roll in from across the critical spectrum.

Larian’s big new hit also benefits from leveraging a popular IP, though the Baldur’s Gate franchise is far from Harry Potter. This is a series of CRPGs that most would now consider “old school.” The original Baldur’s Gate released all the way back in 1998. 25 years later, fans have proven that they’re still interested.

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Written by Jared Wynne

Jared Wynne has been covering gaming and esports for the past two decades. He's a former competitor in Counter-Strike, and still counts it among his favorite games along with RPGs like Baldur's Gate and Mass Effect. He studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

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