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'Elden Ring' Has 350 Times More Players Than 'Battlefield 2042' Right Now

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'Elden Ring' Has 350 Times More Players Than 'Battlefield 2042' Right Now

After what feels like a particularly long string of AAA releases that failed to live up to the hype, Elden Ring is proof that some video games are still absolutely worth the anticipation.

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FromSoftware's new open-world adventure is an undeniable smash hit. Not only is Elden Ring currently one of the best-reviewed games of all time, it's also FromSoft's most successful release by far.

Take a look at some of the best Elden Ring wins and fails (but mostly fails) below!

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Elden Ring has already crashed into Steam's top ten most-played games, alongside such juggernauts as DOTA 2 and CS:GO. At the time of writing, it is currently the second most-played game on the platform, with just shy of half a million concurrent players. An incredible feat for a Souls game.

To further put this into context, Elden Ring has over 350 times more players than EA's Battlefield 2042. The futuristic military shooter had a troubled launch last year that has severely hampered it. The multiplayer game's playerbase has dwindled so much in the last couple of months that even Battlefield 1 and Battlefield V have more active players than it.

But never, in my dizziest daydreams, would I have guessed that a FromSoftware game would manage to so massively outpace a multiplayer shooter from EA - much less a Battlefield game. But that's exactly what's happened! Elden Ring currently has 491k concurrent players to Battlefield 2042's 1,476. Almost certainly not the success EA envisioned.

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It's worth noting that Elden Ring has the advantage of being a newer game, and that number is almost certainly going to shrink in the next few months. But whichever way you slice it, a FromSoftware video game having 350 times more players than the latest Battlefield game is as much a remarkable achievement on the part of Elden Ring as it is a damning indictment of Battlefield 2042. Once again, single-player games have proven they're here to stay.

Featured Image Credit: Bandai Namco Entertainment / EA

Topics: Battlefield 2042, Fromsoftware, Elden Ring

Ewan Moore
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