Christopher Dring, editor Gamesindustry.Biz, as usual, was ahead of the weekly sales data in the UK, saying that Starfield has become the best -selling game on physical media in the UK last week, and this figure can mean something more than it seems at first glance.
Как пояснил Дринг, это далеко не лучший запуск 2023 года, учитывая, что в порядке убывания лучшими запусками были Hogwarts Legacy, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Star Wars Jedi Survivor, Resident Evil 4, Final Fantasy 16 и Dead Island 2 , however, the result is of particular importance, since it concerns the retail market, where Starfield is largely oriented to the digital market.
According to Dring, Starfield sales have practically equal to Diablo 4 – although the latter was also sold on PS4 and PS5 – platforms that are traditionally very attached to the retail market.
According to the journalist Gamesindustry.Biz, given that the vast majority of Starfield copies were sold in digital form, and many users probably preferred to access the game through the Game Pass, then perhaps we are dealing with the largest launch of 2023.
This is hypothetical reasoning, but they once again show that the number of physical copies sold is an indicator that does not quite correspond to the real state of affairs, especially for some products and platforms, which now very little depends on such a distribution. Nevertheless, if the game, oriented almost exclusively on digital sales, managed to achieve good indicators in the retail market, this may indicate a positive trend in general.
A few days after the launch, it became known that the number of Starfield players reached 6 million. The person, which has become the best indicator for Bethesda, and over the past few hours, an indicator of 300 thousand has been overcome. simultaneous players in Steam, breaking the Skyrim record set by the same company.