It’s been a rocky few years for BioWare, but that looks set to change. The release of Mass Effect Legendary Edition has proven successful so far, smashing the record for the most concurrent player in the series on Steam, taking the title from the much adored Mass Effect 2.
The record isn’t even close anymore, with Legendary Edition clocking in at over 53,739 players at once at the time of writing. In second place, Mass Effect 2 peaked at 13,320 players 11 years ago. Quadrupling its previous success, Legendary Edition currently sits at the 23rd for most concurrent player on Steam, overtaking the successful Resident Evil Village.
Of course, one influencing factor is that most BioWare games are now exclusive to EA’s Origin, and are lucky to see a Steam release. However, those that did make it to Steam had a poor showing (at least compared to prior success), with Mass Effect Andromeda Deluxe Edition peaking at just 2,969 concurrent players.
Of course, this many people playing it means a whole lot of people bought it. Before Mass Effect Legendary Edition had even officially released, it was the best selling game on Steam. Taking this honour, it knocked Resident Evil Village from its throne, and has managed to retain it since. Resident Evil Village is now in fourth place, behind Mass Effect, Subnautica: Below Zero, and Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition has brought BioWare a lot of good news. Not only has the remastered trilogy been well received by critics, but it’s a hit with fans too. Many in particular praise the improvements made to the character creator in the first game, which was long overdue.
However, it hasn’t been without its criticism. Performance has been rough, with quite a lot of bugs reported – some old some new. Xbox players have even experienced continuous crashing, and the developers are working on a fix for this.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition released May 14, and is available for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
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