Despite massive Day 1 sales, it looks as though PC gamers prefer swords and shields to guns and…riot shields. Bad joke aside, Bethesda’s latest entry in the Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim, is being played more than Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. How many more players? Try 200 thousand more. Recent statistics indicate that as of 4 pm PST, Skyrim had obtained a peak amount of 287,411 players all at once compared with MW3’s 86,832. That’s quite a significant difference considering MW3 was one of, if not the, biggest releases of the year.
This apparently is not a one-day thing, either. If Steam’s statistics are to be believed (and if you don’t, you may be a fanboy), this has been happening all weekend. MW3, with both single- and multiplayer totals together, still peaked at an impressive 125,109 gamers over the weekend. That still doesn’t compare to today’s peak, and it’s a work day.
Do note that this only applies to Steam, and not units sold outside of Steam itself (such as on Amazon.com) or console version sales.