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2018’s Biggest New Release ‘Kingdom Come: Deliverance’ Has Lost 95% of Its Players Since Debuting 2 Months Ago on Steam

This Year’s Hottest New RPG isn’t the Witcher or Skyrim Slayer Many Thought It Could Have Been

April 30, 2018 by

We had high hopes for Kingdom Come: Deliverance when the successfully-funded role-playing game from Kickstarter debuted on Steam with more players than The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s all-time peak of 92k concurrent players.

With 96k concurrent players at its peak, no other new release in 2018 has been able to topple the Kingdom — which still holds the #1 spot over the year’s other biggest new releases, Far Cry 5 (92k peak players) and Warhammer: Vermintide 2 (73k peak players).

Yet, in the past two and a half months since its release, KCD has lost 95% of its players. With a player base that has dwindled down to an average of only 3.6k concurrent players from an average of 66.4k concurrent players, this year’s hottest new RPG is now on the verge of dropping out on Steam’s top 100 most played games.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance’s Peak Concurrent Players on Steam via GitHyp

Many might cite KCD’s singleplayer format as reason for its decline, but since its downfall, similar games such as The Witcher 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim have continued to prove that old singleplayer RPGs can keep players’ interest and stay at the top of Steam.

Over this past weekend, both were in Steam’s top 25 with 2015’s The Witcher 3 pulling in 18k concurrent players while the regular version and special edition of 2011’s Skyrim combined for peaks as high as 33k players per hour.

After such a successful first week with Mostly Positive reviews from players, it seemed as if Kingdom Come could maintain its player base as long as the developers could deliver updates in a timely manner. That however, hasn’t been the case. Bugs and other gameplay-related issues have led to KCD recently dropping to Mixed reviews and players looking elsewhere for their open-world RPG fix on Steam.