For a game that's still in Early Access and don't have any sort of final release date for the format, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is doing incredibly well on Steam – and now a new player count has pushed it past two of the more popular games on the service.
The developers behind the hit game recently took to Twitter to point out the number of current players for the game, and it's reached the highest peak player count of any non-Valve game, according to the company.
It noted that the game has managed to reach over 480,000 players at its peak for July 2017 – that's more than Grand Theft Auto V's peak of 360,761 in April 2015 and Fallout 4's 471,955 in November 2016. All that remains are two games – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with 850,485 players (in April 2016) and DOTA 2 (1.29 million players in March 2016).
It's unlikely that Battlegrounds will surpass DOTA 2 since it's such a monster with the gaming community, but there's a pretty good chance that, once it actually releases, it could give Global Offensive a good run for its money, considering it's picking up quite a bit with the multiplayer community.
We now hold the record for the highest peak player count of any non-Valve game! GG WP everyone pic.twitter.com/cHjXPeSE8p— PLAYERUNKNOWN (@PLAYERUNKNOWN) July 30, 2017
The game, which currently sells for $30, is a big hit with the multiplayer community, based around a set-up of survival, as players attempt to wipe out others using only one life, and whatever gear they can find in the stage.
Bluehole's Brendan Greene noted that the success comes down to having an "amazing team," which is hard at work not only on the full PC version of the game, but also the recently announced Xbox One port, which currently doesn't have a release date, but is expected sometime in 2018 – maybe sooner if we play our cards right.
Whatever the case, Battlegrounds has proven to be an incredible force in gaming in just a short amount of time, and the success can only get better as more improvements and additions are made to the game. That, and the ability to play across both Xbox One and PC (if Bluehole can get the job done) will help expand multiplayer possibilities even further.
You can check out PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on PC now.