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Far Cry 5’s Launch Crushes Previous Entries in the Series with Over 5 Times the Players on Steam

The Latest in the Franchise Becomes Ubisoft’s Second Biggest Launch Ever

April 6, 2018 by

Over the past few years, things haven’t looked great for the Far Cry franchise. Switching the story and setting from futuristic to modern to even prehistoric…  it didn’t seem like there was anything Ubisoft could do to bring back as many players as 2012’s Far Cry 3.

But the developer’s choice this year to leave behind the franchise’s signature exotic locals and come to good ‘ol America has resulted in the Far Cry series once again exploding in popularity. Far Cry 5‘s launch on Steam wasn’t just the biggest Far Cry launch ever with a peak of 92k concurrent players, but also the second biggest launch ever for a Ubisoft game.

This year’s latest in series absolutely crushed every other Far Cry game bringing in over five times the number of players on Steam. Last year’s Far Cry: Primal only saw a peak of 14.7k players — which was down from Far Cry 4’s 17k concurrent players in 2014. And Far Cry 4 was already down 26% from Far Cry 3’s peak of 23k players.

Far Cry 5‘s Peak Concurrent Players on Steam via GitHyp

Far Cry 5’s 92k players also easily topped For Honor’s 71k players last year on Steam… but, FC5 was just as far away from topping Ubisoft’s biggest launch ever, The Division, and its 114k players on Steam back in 2016.

Another huge contributor to the game’s success has been its popularity on Twitch. Far Cry: Primal had an impressive peak of 73k concurrent viewers and ranked in at #3 on Twitch. Far Cry 5 again crushed that number with a peak of 250k concurrent viewers, taking the #1 spot on Twitch on its launch day.

Aside from Rainbow Six: Siege, Ubisoft’s games tend to have a short shelf life after huge launches. Far Cry 5‘s hype on Twitch has already died down, but is still in Steam’s top 10 most played list, and its combination of co-op and return of the popular map editor should keep the player base from dropping off as quickly as past games in the series.