One of the biggest releases this month was Marvel’s Avengers from Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix, but if SteamDB figures are to be believed, it hasn’t had the level of impact that the developers would have liked.
In the ResetEra thread, the Marvel’s Avengers figures were compared to other Square Enix titles, such as Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which managed to accumulate an all-time peak of 52,485 players. Considering that Deus Ex is meant to be a single player RPG, as opposed to Avengers which is a multiplayer RPG in a similar vein to Destiny, and those figures become a bit more troubling.
We decided to do a little bit of digging of our own, comparing the figures for Avengers against its two biggest competitors on Steam: Destiny 2 and Warframe. As of writing, Destiny 2 had 46,307 players on at the moment, with a 24 hour peak of 64,918, while Warframe boasted 55,097 player with a 24 hour peak of 56,483. The lifetime peaks for Destiny 2 and Warframe managed to reach 292,513 and 155,004 respectively.
The comparison to other “games-as-a-service” titles like Destiny 2 and Warframe should also take into account that both games are currently free-to-play and have been for a while, so it’s not necessarily surprising that they’d have more players. Still, the figures do prove that Marvel’s Avengers is struggling to gain a foothold on Steam, when other games like it are still thriving. At the very least though, it seems to be doing better than Lego Marvel’s Avengers.
Lastly, it’s not unreasonable to assume that PC isn’t the main focus for Marvel’s Avengers, considering that Spider-Man will be added to the game as a PlayStation exclusive, meaning that anyone with multiple platforms who was interested in the game has likely made the decision to buy on PS4 just so they’re not missing out down the line. Time will tell on whether or not Marvel’s Avengers can turn its fortunes around, just like Destiny 2 and The Division before it, or if it’ll be another Anthem waiting to happen.
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