Player numbers are always a sensitive topic for publishers and developers. They normally only leak them if they have to or there’s something to brag about. That’s what Neverwinter has been doing in the past as well. While we can only theorize about the exact amount of concurrent players (its Steam chart for many reasons is not a great source), Cryptic has at least dished out total number of registered accounts when they’ve hit certain milestones.
- In roughly two months following its release on Xbox, Neverwinter accumulated 1.6 million accounts on the platform
- In roughly two months following its release on PS4, Neverwinter accumulated over 2 million accounts on the platform
- In April 2017, Perfect World reported 15 million players for the game on all platforms.
Neverwinter vs. Black Desert Online (BDO)
Now, depending on what you are looking for, these numbers could either be impressive or whatever. In any case they lack context, and other games to compare with. That’s why the recent infographic of Black Desert’s two-year anniversary is interesting. The critically acclaimed Korean title is widely seen as success story in the West. Apparently BDO has accumulated over 3 million players in the West in two years. The infographic only lists “characters”, but the anniversary trailer states the number of players.
Compared to that, Neverwinter doesn’t look too bad. We don’t have the two-year numbers for our MMORPG, but 3.5 years after launch it had 7 million players on PC. Also it hit the 3 million mark roughly 1.5 years into its Xbox journey.
Apples and Oranges?
We’re not trying to say that Neverwinter is the better game or has more players by the way. In fact, it’s a bit of apples and oranges here. BDO runs a partial buy-to-play-model, so registering already comes with a certain obligation to stick with it for a while. That’s why the title most definitely should have better retention rates and more concurrent players. Neverwinter as pure free-2-play game naturally has more accounts, but most of those just stop by and move on. We nonetheless think this comparison is interesting to post. It adds some context to Neverwinter’s own numbers and shows that at least in terms of accounts, it can absolutely compete with bigger titles.
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