After launching last week, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout gameplay has seen the title become an overnight smash hit.
The multi-colored mayhem take on the battle royale genre had a higher concurrent player count than games such as GTA Online, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Destiny 2.
According to Steam’s official records, Fall Guys’ maximum concurrent player count reached almost 125,000 over the weekend.
On Saturday, GTA Online, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Destiny 2 reached approximately 116,000, 50,000 and 70,000 respectively.
However, it should be pointed out that while the game’s figures were impressive, it wasn’t the most played game over the weekend.
That goes to Dota 2 which regularly attains high player figures of over 300,000 with 100,000 on a bad day.
Fall Guys was also released for PlayStation 4 as a part of the August 2020 PS Plus games lineup which also included Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered.
However, official player figures for the PS4 version are not currently available.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a crazy take on the battle royale genre where up to 60 players battle it out to win a game as the last one standing.
The cute characters, insanely colorful world and child-friendly approach mean that Fall Guys can be played by anyone.
The characters in the game are actually jelly beans which battle for supremacy in various game modes.
For example, “Dizzy Heights” is a race mode that has players competing for the finish lines while navigating platforms and dodging hazards.
“Door Dash” is more of the same but jelly beans must traverse through increasingly smaller doors, requiring precision as well as wits.
While “Block Party” has jelly beans try to survive being swept off of rising blocks.
There are of course many more fun game modes in which players take part and the challenge, as well as variety, might be a contributing factor to the game’s success.
The focus of Fall Guys is on multiplayer battle royale however as of yet it doesn’t support cross-play, but that doesn’t mean the feature should be ruled out.
Other massive online games such as Fortnite, Minecraft and Rocket League all now support crossplay.
Given the game’s very specific genre, I would expect crossplay to be implemented at some point in the future.
Another impressive feat is that the game was made by a team of just 30 staff at its highest number when in full production.
Mediatonic is a veteran studio and has been around since 2005 where they have released such games as Lego Pirates: Quest for Brickbeard’s Bounty, SpongeBob SquarePants: Hooked on You and Fable Fortune, under various publishers.
However, the game’s launch hasn’t been without its issues.
Server problems have been plaguing the game causing matchmaking issues for players trying to get online.
It seems that the developers had underestimated just how popular the game would become and hadn’t optimized their servers for the player count.
To be fair, this happens to almost every online game and this issue should resolve itself as the launch window proceeds onwards.
Last week’s other big launch, Horizon: Zero Dawn has also had issues.
This PS4 exclusive title has been ported and released for PC for Steam users.
Major technical issues have been plaguing the release including crashes and bugs as well as graphics glitches.
That being said, the PC version does come with some major optimizations such as 4k support and increased world details.
These issues are currently being addressed by Guerilla Games and will be fixed with upcoming patches.
More at Fall Guys official website: https://fallguys.com/
Fall Guys is available now for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.
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