Battlefield 1 just can’t be killed. The shooter, which is now six years old, has been able to generate constant numbers of players on Steam for a long time. But in the last few days, the battlefields of the World War II shooter have been filled with significantly more players than usual. You can find out why this is likely here.
Currently, Battlefield 1 sits at about 30,000 players per day effortlessly to the top in terms of player count on Steam. Neither Battlefield 5 nor the latest installment in the series, Battlefield 2042, can keep up here. What is particularly noteworthy is that up until just a few days ago it was only gathering around 10,000 daily players. So the numbers have tripled.
The reason for this seems obvious at first: You can download the entire game, including all expansions on Steam for just 5 dollars to back up. A chance that apparently some newcomers took advantage of. But: Battlefield 1 could not benefit from this discount campaign if it were not so extremely popular with its community and could exploit the weaknesses of other shooters.
So it’s no secret that Battlefield 2042 was not well received by the community due to serious weaknesses and has been suffering from a lack of players since the release. And Battlefield 5 couldn’t convince everyone either, which was partly due to the early end of support. By the way, we choose the best titles in the series in our article:
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What about the brand competition? The newly released Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 can attract a lot of players, but at the same time it only gets a mediocre rating. Perhaps there is also a reason for some hesitant buyers to give the World War Battlefield a (very favorable) chance first.
The strengths of Battlefield 1
To date, Battlefield 1 is probably unrivaled in one aspect: the gloomy world war atmosphere and the impressive, even cinematic staging of its battles. Both struck a chord with fans and still ensure the game has a lively community today. If you’ve missed the shooter so far, you can check out some gameplay for yourself here:
Battlefield 1: In the Name of the Tsar – 10 Minuten Wolga-Gameplay
Otherwise, the shooter hardly showed any weaknesses worth mentioning in our test. With its setting, World War I, Battlefield 1 also remains quite unusual to this day. No other modern triple-A shooter has tried to pick up on this. You can read why war scenarios are so popular in games in general in our Plus Report.
Would you still play Battlefield 1 today? Or have you missed it and are now considering giving the world war shooter a chance? Write your opinion in the comments!