No Man's Sky has seen a precipitous drop in active players following its launch two weeks ago, according to statistics from SteamDB and SteamSpy.
Although its all-time peak Steam player count of 212,620 - recorded on release day - represented the largest Steam launch of the year, it has since lost 92 percent of its concurrent players, falling to a current (at time of publication) 24-hour peak of 16,510.
That still places No Man's Sky in the top 20 games on Steam, by 24-hour peak player count, but only just.
Decreases in player counts are not unusual for major titles, whose players typically binge-play new games over their release weekend.
Other major PC releases this year also saw sizeable decreases over their first two weeks, though none quite so severe as No Man's Sky's.
Ubisoft's Rocksmith 2014 Edition is being remastered and re-released three years after its launch, without a change in title.
The remaster will bring new menus, additional practice tools, a customisable learning curve, and statistic tracking to the rhythm game and teaching tool.
In addition, the package will include six bonus songs:
The Division's next two expansions will be delayed so the development team can focus on improving the base game, Ubisoft Massive announced today.
"This new schedule will not only enable us to strengthen the core experience before adding new content, but also continuously improve it by allowing for more production time to ensure the quality of future updates," the studio said in a blog post.
The team is currently focused on the game's 1.4 update, aimed at addressing "some of the most pressing issues" facing the game six months on from its release.
Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland has co-founded a new studio with former Epic Games producer Tanya Watson, specialising in VR games.
Called Squanchtendo, the idea for the studio reputedly formed some time ago when Roiland first used a pre-release Oculus Rift headset.
The studio will focus on using VR for "comedy combined with great gameplay;" in Roiland's words, "we just want to make super duper games dooood."
Electronic Arts and DICE today announced the Premium Pass for their upcoming World War One shooter Battlefield 1.
Described as a "membership programme," the pass operates similarly to the equivalents in other games, mirroring Star Wars Battlefront's season pass almost exactly.
Premium Pass holders will get access to all 4 upcoming expansions to the game, boasting two-week exclusivity periods over those buying the packs separately.
City planners in Stockholm, Sweden are using city-building game Cities: Skylines to design a new city district, with the assistance of publisher Paradox Interactive.
The development project, Norra Djurgårdstaden, will include 12,000 residences and 35,000 workspaces, focusing on sustainability and supporting an expanding population.
Planners and officials will engage in a workshop over the first weekend of September, experimenting with the district plans in Cities: Skylines to investigate the project's viability and explore options for its design.
Respawn Entertainment has responded to player feedback on last weekend's Titanfall 2 technical test, answering questions and outlining the game's path forward.
Up front, the studio stressed that the test build was a "slimmed-down view of the game," featuring fewer weapons, abilities, and maps than the full game.
The test - based on code from June, thanks to console certification timelines - was designed primarily to examine the performance of the game's dedicated servers and "Stryder" matchmaking software, including their ability to withstand high traffic and network attacks.
Bandai Namco and From Software today announced the first expansion to their acclaimed RPG Dark Souls III, entitled Ashes of Ariandel.
Players will visit the frozen realm of Ariandel and, in familiar Dark Souls fashion, piece together its dark mysteries while fighting increasingly hideous and mean-spirited enemies.
The trailer shows new weapons, armour, and spells, including fire-breathing and a magic boomerang, as well as new enemy types and some typically enormous and terrifying bosses.
The OPL Smite Split 2 grand finals saw a major upset over the weekend, when fourth seeded Avant Garde unexpectedly took out first place.
The team defeated top seed Legacy E-sports, followed by reigning champions Pandamonium.
The Cybergamer's Oceania E-sports Masters LAN took place at the Australia Technology Park in Sydney.
“The procedurally generated core has to be judged very much a success, and provides the vast bulk of the good, entertaining aspects of the game. The problem No Man’s Sky really has is: everything else.”
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