What did you play this weekend? Chances are you were one of more than 6.4 million players playing The Division. I was one of them too. In between Dying Light, HITMAN, Rocket League and H1Z1. Seriously publishers. Can we calm down a bit with all the great games? Who the hell has time to play all of them?
That’s right. 6.4 million of us were going rogue in the Dark Zone or replaying that hospital mission to level up faster. Ubisoft calls it “the biggest beta ever for a new game brand on current generation platforms.” That’s pretty damn impressive when you consider that Black Ops III also had a beta. Here’s how The Division beta stacks up against other big betas.
Titanfall – Around 2 million players Call of Duty Black Ops III – Can’t find a hard number, but it was “millions” just on the PS4. Destiny – 4.6 million players. Star Wars: Battlefront – 9 million players. (went on to sell +12 million units)
Most played Xbox One games
I looked at the Xbox One ‘Most Played’ games on Saturday at around 10:40 p.m. EST. The Division was second, right behind Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Finding out exact player counts at any given time isn’t easy anymore. Call of Duty used to give us hard numbers, but now they opt for percentages. Rocket League’s release gives us a base to work on for many of the top Xbox One games. At 10:40 p.m. EST, there were 57,259 players online.
That’s a great launch for Rocket League and should put fears of a solid player base to bed. (Rocket League on Xbox One doesn’t have cross-platform play). The 57,000 number also tells us many of Xbox’s top games have very large communities. Here’s how the ‘most games’ played looked on Saturday night.
1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III 2. The Division 3. NBA 2K16 4. GTA V 5. Destiny 6. Fallout 4 7. NFL 16 8. FIFA 16 9. Minecraft 10. ARK: Survival Evolved (peak PC players is around 62,000, very impressive for the Xbox One version) 11. Rocket League (57,259 players) 12. Halo 5: Guardians
I also looked at SWBstats to see how many people were playing Star Wars: Battlefront on Xbox One. 28,000 were playing on Saturday night. I’ll do a breakdown of the most played Xbox One games in another article, but it appears The Division had hundreds of thousands of players on at any given time.
Ubisoft’s big expectations for The Division sales
Ubisoft is betting on The Division being the next ‘big’ game. And with those beta player numbers, there’s a good bet it will be.
“Because of its many attributes – RPG, shooter, massive online multiplayer, realistic setting a beautifully recreated New York, great open world playable in solo or co-op – The Division can become one of the biggest launches ever for a new IP,” said Ubisoft’s John Parkes at the recent Ubisoft’s Investor Day presentation.
Ubisoft also showed us the biggest new IP launches ever in one of their slides.
At the very least, The Division will grab the #2 spot. And, I wouldn’t be shocked to see it knock Destiny off the #1 spot. Many Destiny fans are itching to play a similar game, and The Division will scratch that itch as they wait for more Destiny content.
All indications are pointing to The Division being a huge hit for Ubisoft. Combine that with a season pass, and Ubisoft is about to make truckloads of cash. The Division release date is set for March 8, 2016.