Total War: Three Kingdoms (opens in new tab) launched today and quickly set the series record for concurrent players. Over 160,000 people are fighting over ancient China at the time of publication, making it the fourth busiest game on Steam.
Three Kingdoms has a pretty solid lead over Warframe, but above it is the triumvirate of CS:GO, PUBG and Dota 2, all with over 500,000 concurrent players. It's a significant jump from the last Total War, Thrones of Britannia, which peaked at 22,787. The record was previously held by Rome 2 with 119,240 players.
"According to our records, it is indeed a record for the series on Steam," Creative Assembly's Richard Gittins confirmed with Eurogamer (opens in new tab), "and hopefully as the rest of the world wake up, that number will keep going up."
Total War's long-awaited foray into China appears to have seduced a lot of new players. I thought I was perhaps done with historical Total War, getting more of my kicks from Warhammer instead, but Three Kingdoms has brought me back.