Returnal Fails to Impress on Steam, Achieving Less Than 7K Peak Players

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Returnal officially lost its PS5 exclusivity last week when it launched for PC, but it looks like Housemarque’s shooter is struggling to find a larger audience. Data from SteamDB can confirm that the sci-fi roguelike from PlayStation Studios has only managed to attract as many as 6,691 players since releasing on February 15, a number that would make it the most unpopular port of a first-party PlayStation game on Steam yet following Sackboy: A Big Adventure (610 peak players). God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered top the chart with 73,529 and 66,436 peak players, respectively.

PlayStation PC Port Peak-Player Rankings

  • God of War — 73,529 (13 months ago)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered — 66,436 (six months ago)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn — 56,557 (three years ago)
  • Days Gone — 27,450 (two years ago)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales — 13,539 (three months ago)
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection — 10,851 (four months ago)
  • Returnal — 6,691 (2 days ago)
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure — 610 (four months ago)

From a Push Square report:

Only Sackboy: A Big Adventure garnered less interest, attracting a measly 610 players at any one time during release; a statistic it has failed to improve upon since. Every other PC port from Sony has pulled peak player counts of at least 10,000, but the rogue-like from Housemarque has failed to clear that bar.

Discounts and sales may mean interest in the game increases as time goes on; it’s currently the 20th best-selling title on Steam. However, in the case of Sony games at least, no single PC port has improved upon its launch player counts in the months and years since release.

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Tsing Mui
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