New World beta hits 190,000 concurrent players on Steam – PC Gamer

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It felt like it’d been forever since we’d had a big MMO launch—until this summer. Between Crowfall, Swords of Legends Online, and Amazon’s upcoming New World, there’s now a sudden glut of them. But of those three, New World seems to be the most popular, judging by the 190,000 players who jumped into its closed beta simultaneously yesterday.

According to SteamDB, New World peaked at 190,811 concurrent players and currently has just over 160,000 playing. That’s enough to make New World the fourth biggest game on Steam, just ahead of Grand Theft Auto 5 and Apex Legends. It’s also dominating on Twitch, where it’s currently the second most popular game with just over 300,000 viewers.

There are some caveats to these numbers, though. Currently, the closed beta is accessible to those who have pre-ordered the game, but because the beta and the actual game are separate listings on Steam it’s likely that some players could’ve pre-ordered and refunded that purchase just to get beta access. There’s probably also a lot of players who jumped in without having to pay any money through giveaways or because they already had access from earlier tests. It’ll be interesting to see how the closed beta numbers compare to the actual launch on August 31.

Still, New World is looking like it’ll be the big MMO hit of the summer. For comparison, Sword of Legends Online has reportedly sold 200,000 copies in the week

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