Unless you’re Nintendo releasing a game called Super Smash Bros, fighting games don’t usually set the world on fire. That’s why I was a little surprised to learn that MultiVersus, the free-to-play Smash-esque version that joins forces with Warner Bros’ many intellectual properties, is really taking off.
MultiVersus has been popular since it went into open beta a week ago. It has been at the top of Steam’s concurrent player list (among juggernauts like CS:GO and Apex Legends) every day, most recently peaking at over 150,000 concurrent players. MultiVersus is also available on PlayStation and Xbox, and from what I’ve seen from the leaderboards, the game has already amassed at least 5 million players.
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Warner Bros hasn’t released any official stats on MultiVersus, but the leaderboards give us a good idea of how many people have tried the game over the past week. My friend, who has only played 29 games, is ranked 4,929,968th best player in the world. I’m starting to see how the MultiVersus community managed to break the 3 million ringout community challenge (opens in new tab) to unlock the Rick and Morty stage in just a few hours.
I’m assuming that’s near the bottom of the totem pole, but it’s possible the floor goes even lower. We’ll be sure to find out when Player First Games officially celebrates the launch with a huge number. As I said recently, fixating on players counts (opens in new tab) is not a good idea, but they can be useful for gauging interest, and there seems to be a hunger for free fighting games on PC. Good news for Riot, which today announced that its League of Legends fighting game (opens in new tab) will be free to play.