Fall Guys is Devolver's biggest launch ever

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This week Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, the bumble royale from developer Mediatonic and publishing label Devolver Digital, launched to unexpected popularity and more predictable server problems. It's maintained that popularity, currently holding the number one position on Steam's top sellers chart over other recent releases Horizon Zero Dawn and Grounded, as well as Bethesda games on sale during QuakeCon (DOOM Eternal is going half-price).

It's also the number two game on Twitch by viewer count, League of Legends remaining number one, which explains some of those sales. Today it peaked at 124,772 players on Steam, putting it at number three on the top games by player count list behind CS: GO and Dota 2.

Devolver's previous most-popular game by Steam player count was SCUM, which had just under 68,000 players shortly after its launch in 2018.

Here's our review of Fall Guys, in which Christopher Livingston summed up its appeal by saying, "It's an impressive feat to make a game so charmingly silly that's still filled with genuinely dramatic moments, heartbreaking losses, and last-second acrobatic feats."

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and Playboy.com, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.