Update, February 1: Dragon Ball FighterZ has hit two million worldwide shipments and digital sales.
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Original Story, January 26: Dragon Ball FighterZ is already the most-played fighting game on Steam - ever.
The PC version of Dragon Ball FighterZ was slightly delayed from its console counterparts (and it even took an extra hour at the very end), but the delay doesn’t seem to have at all dampened players’ enthusiasm. Not even two hours after the game finally unlocked at the time of this writing, DBFZ is already the most-played fighting game in Steam history. And it’s not even close.
Dragon Ball FighterZ has rocketed up the Steam charts, already up to 44,298 concurrent players in-game. (For those keeping track at home, that is indeed over 9,000.) That dwarfs the records posted by games like Tekken, Street Fighter, and Mortal Kombat, proving once again that people really like Dragon Ball.
For comparison, here are some of the all-time peak player counts for various traditional fighting games on PC, via Steam Charts:
- Tekken 7 - 18,766
- Street Fighter V - 13,807
- Mortal Kombat X - 13,649
- Ultra Street Fighter IV - 5,472
- Injustice: Gods Among Us - 5,685
- Mortal Kombat - 5,178
- Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite - 3,592
- Skullgirls - 3,916
- Dead or Alive 5: Last Round - 2,738
- Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- - 1,954
For the other relevant comparison, previous Dragon Ball games on Steam had been successful, but not to this degree. The first Xenoverse game hit a peak player count of 22,782, and Xenoverse 2 got 13,570. The combination of traditional fighting game style and fan-favorite characters seems to have pushed FighterZ over the edge.