Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer launch figures appear to be down about 30% from Black Ops II on Steam | PCGamesN

Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer launch figures appear to be down about 30% from Black Ops II on Steam

Call of Duty: Ghosts is out now; here's our Call of Duty: Ghosts review.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is out, and the rails are running as they normally do. The super-fans are tucked up in bed, recovering from their midnight excursions. Everybody at Activision HQ has found a copy on their desk, as tradition dictates. And in a couple of days, the publishers will have announced that Ghosts had the biggest launch since the HMS Really Very Large.

But the new Call of Duty is quietly sinking on Steam.

Call of Duty: Ghosts’ single player peaked at just under 14,000 concurrent players at launch on Steam this week, and its multiplayer at 35,000. By contrast, Black Ops II’s single player topped 18,000 players in its first four days, and its multiplayer pushed beyond 50,000. That’s discounting Black Ops II’s Zombies mode, which runs in a separate executable and accounted for a further 7000 peak users in the same period.

The dip starts to look like a slide once you return to the launches of Modern Warfare 3 - 45,000 for single player, 80,000 for multiplayer - and the original Black Ops in 2010. Black Ops’ multiplayer peaked at over 95,000 concurrent players during its first four days after launch, and its single player pulled in 60,000 simultaneously.

There are three conclusions to be drawn, then. First, that single player Call of Duty has been all but abandoned by Steam users over the last couple of years. Second, that PC gamers are increasingly apathetic in the face of yearly CoD releases. And third, that Ghosts is a bit bum.

The metascore for Ghosts’ Xbox version currently sits at 74%, nine points below its predecessor. What’s more, its PC version is hamstrung by technical missteps: a missing FOV slider, frame rate issues even on the highest end machines, and a bizzare requirement that your machine has six GB of RAM, despite using less than two. We have Fraser playing it now, and first impressions are not good. For reasons why, maybe look to the upcoming consoles - a further two games for Infinity Ward and co. to develop alongside the usual three.

You might also conclude that Battlefield 4 has taken a serious bite out of CoD’s PC playerbase, despite its own catastrophic launch. But without figures easily available from Origin, we can’t know for sure.

What we do know is that Ghosts hasn’t turned out quite right. And though the console figures might tell a different story, PC gamers are losing interest.

How about you lot? Have you picked up Ghosts yet?

Thanks, SteamGraph.

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Acid Hoover Avatar
4 Years ago

I haven't played any COD since MW1, don't ever intend to either.

TenClub Avatar
4 Years ago

Everyone needs to stay away from this game. Purchasing it was a huge mistake. I thought "I haven't played CoD for a few years since I got tired of it but hey let's give this new one a chance."

What a waste of money. In a year of miserable and broken releases such as CoH 2, Rome II, Battlefield 4, etc. this game reigns supreme in how big of a piece of crap it is.

Battlefield 4 runs better than this game. No joke. CoD Ghosts is a stuttering, jittery mess of a game. I'm running this game on an i7 3770k, 16 gigs of ram, and a GTX 780. Even on low settings the game stutters and at times is completely unplayable. Total Biscuit has two Titans and it's just as broken for him. I'm able to obtain an average of 80-120 frames in BF4 but I can barely maintain a steady framerate here.

Don't make the same mistake I did.

SteJmatty Avatar
4 Years ago

they need to remove that 6gb ram lockout

Shriven Avatar
4 Years ago

Watch Totalbiscuit go to town on this. Its rather hilarious and tragic at the same time.

UntoldAv3nGer Avatar
4 Years ago

Call of Duty and Battlefield need to stop. Medal of Honor needs to die. And EA and Activision need to go bankrupt.

Dog Pants Avatar
4 Years ago

Think of them as honey traps. If CoD didn't exist then all the toxic idiots who play it* would play the games we like. Call of Duty isn't a game for gamers like us, who play as a hobby, read the gaming press, and buy games which look interesting to us. It's a game for people who don't really play games. As far as I can gather anyway - I've not played a Call of Duty since CoD 4.

*Not to say that everyone who plays CoD is a toxic idiot, but apparently there is a much higher proportion of them