Well, that was a wonderful surprise, wasn’t it? Yesterday, following some recent rumours, 343 Industries surprise-launched Halo Infinite multiplayer across last and current-gen Xbox consoles and PC via Steam as part of Xbox’s 20th anniversary celebrations. Within mere hours of its launch, the FPS game rocketed to more than 100,000 concurrent players on Valve’s platform alone – and now it turns out the peak for launch day was more than two-and-a-half times that.
Head to SteamDB’s page for Halo Infinite and you’ll see that the final figure of peak concurrent players on the game’s (multiplayer) launch day hit an eye-watering 272,586. And, as SteamDB creator Pavel Djundik has rightly pointed out on Twitter, that was on a Monday, no less.
This figure puts Halo Infinite multiplayer in the top 25 most-played games – by peak concurrent player count – on Steam of all time, going by SteamDB’s figures. Ordering the list by all-time peak player counts, we can see Halo Infinite sits just below the likes of Skyrim (287,411), Destiny 2 (292,513), and the original Counter-Strike (319,586), and above other big names such as Rust (245,243), Payday 2 (247,709), and Rainbow Six Siege (201,053). In the list of all-time most-played multiplayer games on Steam, it’s currently in the number 16 slot, as of this story. It’s worth noting, though, that Halo multiplayer is free-to-play, while some other titles in these lists are purchasable games.