MultiVersus absolutely shattered records when it released this summer as the biggest fighting game ever to launch on PC, but it has apparently failed to maintain its momentum and initial success in the months since.
Where Warner Bros.’ platform fighter once eclipsed the rest of the genre’s active players on Steam combined, MultiVersus exponentially reduced user count to the point where it can’t even be the ultimate number two in terms of popularity.
Right now, MultiVersus sits with 2,938 players online and a 24-hour peak of 3,187 players according to Steam Charts, which is pretty decent in the realm of PC fighting games all things considered.
However, that’s a long way from when the game reached its all-time peak of 153,044 players, meaning 98% of those folks aren’t actively jumping anymore.
Fighting games almost always declined in player numbers within months of launch, but that meteoric launch made that decline even more extreme.
As a rare free-to-play title in the genre with massive backing, it makes sense that MVS sees that boost to its inception while seemingly not giving those folks enough reason to stick around.
MultiVersus has been considered a potential killer of Brawlhalla with its wide availability, structure and even better presentation, which has not yet caught on.
Brawlhalla is once again the biggest fighter on Steam with a comfortable lead of 13,414 players as a current 24 hour peak.
Tekken 7 is also now consistently outperforming MultiVersus with its impressive last day peak of 7,268 active users.
|Title||30 day average||24 hour peak||absolute peak|
|Guilty Gear Strive||1,658||2,531||30,939|
|street fighter 5||1,575||2.203||13,807|
|Mortal combat 11||1,227||1,475||27.301|
|Dragon Ball FighterZ||1.091||1,801||44,234|
|King of Fighters 15||542||813||8.205|
|Fantasy Granblue: Versus||342||339||2,599|
|Rivals of the Aether||313||504||2,828|
|Melty Blood: Lumina-type||135||193||13,182|
|Skullgirls 2nd bis||118||228||3,916|
|Persona 4 Arena Ultimate||45||83||5,628|
|Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl||10||20||9.120|
While the drop in the face of MultiVersus is significant, the game is far from struggling, especially when compared to the other big fighter releases this year.
DNF Duel’s numbers are downright bad with just 47 people combined representing the best prospects today compared to when it hit over 12,000 concurrent players at launch.
The King of Fighters 15 is doing a little better, but it’s still vastly underperforming its competition, where the game’s high point last month was just 664.
MultiVersus undeniably has negative factors that turn people away, be it the grindy nature of the content, the lack of compelling new releases, and the fact that it’s still in an unstable and unfinished beta state.
Warner Bros. has shown that they have something that the general gaming population is very interested in, but they have also dropped the ball completely when it came to proving their endurance factor.
It will be very interesting to see how many players return to MultiVersus once the crossover game hits its full release, although it could very well continue to decline further before then.
Image source: Scott Cresswell.