New World came out on September 28, drawing attention from hundreds of thousands of players. It helped the new MMORPG from Amazon become the fifth most played title in Steam’s history.

The game has already peaked at 707,230 concurrent players (via SteamDB), becoming the biggest Steam launch of 2021. New World is also the biggest Steam release since Cyberpunk 2077, which attracted over 1 million concurrent players last December.

Top 10 most played games on Steam ever

  • PUBG  — 3.25 million peak concurrent players
  • CS:GO — 1.3 million
  • Cyberpunk 2077 — 1.054 million
  • New World — 707K
  • Valheim — 502K
  • Terraria — 489K
  • Fallout 4 — 472K
  • Life Is Strange 2 — 468K
  • Among Us — 447K

Amazon, however, wasn’t prepared for hype like this. According to Kotaku, the game’s global servers could only stand the load of 466,000 concurrent players. That’s why thousands of gamers faced queues as they couldn’t log into New World. It made the title’s rating on Steam drop to 51% of positive reviews.

Despite all the issues, New World right now is the second most played game on Steam, right behind CS:GO. It is followed by titles like Dota 2, PUBG, and Apex Legends.

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