No Man’s Sky is the biggest Steam launch this year

Despite divisive reviews and major performance issues, No Man’s Sky still had the biggest release of any other game this year, reports PC Gamer.

Based on official numbers from SteamSpy, around 495 853 gamers have bought the game on Steam, with 422,191 of those subsequently having installed and played it since launch.

With 212,620 people playing No Man’s Sky simultaneously this past weekend, it also makes it the biggest Steam release this year by over 46%.

For comparison, this is how the peak concurrent player numbers of 2016’s other releases stack up (all stats taken from SteamDB):

  • XCOM 2 – 133,022
  • Dark Souls 3 – 129,975
  • Total War: Warhammer – 113,019
  • Starbound – 62,301 (after leaving Early Access)
  • Doom – 44,271
  • Hitman – 12,582

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