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News video games 10 August 2020, 17:37

author: Milosz Szubert

Despite Some Issues, Horizon Overshadowed Death Stranding on Steam

Last Friday, on the day of its PC launch, over 56 thousand people simultaneously played Horizon: Zero Dawn on Steam. This is much more than Death Stranding at its peak popularity.

Horizon: Zero Dawn made his PC debut last Friday and although the port is far from perfect, it has generated a lot of interest among gamers. After all, it's not every day that strictly exclusive titles appear on a different platform. A certain view on the scale of popularity of Guerrilla Games' work on PC may be given by the number of players on Steam. On the day of its release over 56.5 thousand people enjoyed Horizon: Zero Dawn on Valve's platform. Twitch audience exceeded 66,000 viewers (via Steam Database).

Horizon: Zero Dawn has a lot of interest in Steam.

By comparison, we can look at Death Stranding, another game originally intended to be available exclusively on PlayStation 4, with 32,500 people playing on Steam at its peak popularity, 24,000 less than with Horizon: Zero Dawn. The youngest child of Hideo Kojima and his team won on Twitch, however. On the day of the title's release on PC, slightly more than 76 thousand fans of digital entertainment watched it.

The number of players on Steam and the viewers on Twitch for Death Stranding and Horizon: Zero Dawn respectively.

Why such discrepancies? The most logical explanation is probably the fact that in many ways Horizon: Zero Dawn is a much more accessible position for the ordinary Joe than Death Stranding, which has earned itself the reputation of a strange game with a rather monotonous gameplay.

Of course Steam is not the only PC platform that offers both Horizon: Zero Dawn and Death Stranding. It is also available on Epic Games Store. So to get a full picture of the popularity of both of these titles on PCs, we would need accurate sales results from both of these sources.

The decent results achieved by Horizon: Zero Dawn and Death Stranding on Steam are good news. However, the question remains, can they give hope that in the future more exclusive PlayStation games will also appear on PC? This is not entirely out of the question, but recent reports do not look too optimistic for those who keep their fingers crossed.

  1. Horizon: Zero Dawn - official website
  2. 5 Good Reasons to Play Horizon Zero Dawn on PC
  3. Death Stranding - official website
  4. Death Stranding Review – A Long Walk with Kojima

Milosz Szubert

Milosz Szubert

A film expert by education. Has been working at since January 2017. A fan of tennis, basketball, comics, good books, history, and strategic games by Paradox. Recently a self-taught Game Master (apparently he's quite good at it). For several years, he edited films on the Notatnik Kinomana channel on YouTube.


Horizon: Zero Dawn - Complete Edition

Horizon: Zero Dawn - Complete Edition