Total War: Three Kingdoms launched just earlier today, and as it just so happens, the latest game in the franchise is already breaking series records. According to Steam statistics as well as a statement from developer Creative Assembly, recent concurrent player records put Three Kingdoms at over 160,000 in-game users, an all-time best for the series.
Confirmed in a report by Eurogamer, Creative Assembly's Richard Gittens stated that the (then-current) concurrent user count is a series best, and is likely only to grow as more players hop into the game.
"According to our records, it is indeed a record for the series on Steam," Gittins said, "and hopefully as the rest of the world wake up, that number will keep going up."
The last game in the series, Total War: Thrones of Brittania, topped out just shy of 23,000 concurrent Steam users at its peak. However, the previous series record was set by Total War: Rome 2, which managed to earn nearly 120,000 concurrent players following its release in 2013.
The stats page on the Steam website currently shows 70,711 active users in Total War: Three Kingdoms, and indicates a peak number of 162,592 earlier today. That's a very impressive figure considering that it's over twice as many players as the peak daily figure for Grand Theft Auto 5, and over triple the current peak concurrent user count of Rocket League.
Given that the game has only just come out, we can likely expect Total War: Three Kingdoms concurrent player counts to rise in the coming days. However, once everyone settles into the game, those numbers are likely to plateau. Fortunately, the figures do at least paint a pretty picture for Creative Assembly and the Total War series as a whole.