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News video games 19 August 2021, 12:54

author: Adrian Werner

Splitgate Open Beta Extended; 10 Million Downloads So Far

Splitgate's open beta has been so popular that the developers have decided to extend it to have more time to prepare the servers for the release of version 1.0.

1047 Games has changed plans for the ongoing tests of the online shooter Splitgate. The developers have decided to extend the open beta phase. Interestingly, they did not provide an end date for this phase. The game will be tested until the developers deal with some technical problems.

A hint may be the fact that the beta battle pass will remain active until August 24. The opening event of gamescom 2021 will take place a day later, and studio 1047 Games has informed players that it will give them some exciting news then. Fans should mark August 25 in their calendars.

Recall that initially the full version of Splitgate was to debut in late July this year. The game was available on PC in early access from 2019, where it enjoyed moderate success. Things changed last month when the open beta, complete with cross-play, was made available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5. The game's popularity exploded. There were so many people willing to play that the developers were forced to temporarily shut down the servers in order to make the changes needed to accomodate such large groups of players.

Initially, the release of version 1.0 was postponed to August , but the frenzy around Splitgate continued. Therefore it was decided to delay the launch for a second time. The creators will provide a new date only when the game and its infrastructure will be ready to cope with the crowds of users.

As the devs explain, in the first 30 days of the open beta Splitgate was downloaded 10 million times and the average activity figure rose from 4,000 to 175,000. Studio 1047 Games was completely unprepared for such a drastic leap in popularity. This is well illustrated by the fact that it was only when the servers started to go down that the developers discovered that their system was able to handle a maximum of 65,536 simultaneous users.

Splitgate's activity record on Steam stands at 67,724 people playing simultaneously and it was set 11 days ago. Currently, daily activity records exceed 50,000. These are impressive numbers, but they show that more people are playing the title on consoles than on PC.

The PC data alone, however, well illustrate the growing interest in the game. When in late July it was decided to temporarily shut down the servers, the activity record of the PC edition was 12 thousand people, and now it is more than five times higher.

  1. Splitgate - official website


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