The Finals shatters MW3 & Warzone’s player count on Steam

Souhardya Choudhury
The Finals characters jumping

Even though The Finals was surprisingly launched at The Game Awards, it has surpassed the player counts of big-name titles on Steam, such as MW3 and Warzone.

The Finals is finally here as Embark Studios made sure to surprise the entire community after dropping during The Game Awards show on December 7, 2023, after several betas. That did not stop it from receiving love from thousands of players, as the game surpassed several big names in the shooter genre.

Embark Studios made the game free to play, and available for both console and PC, making it accessible for almost all players around the world right now. Coupling this availability with its surprising launch seems to have worked in favor of the devs as The Finals shook the Steam charts.

At the time of writing, The Finals currently has a 24-hour peak of more than 240K, with 200K players in-game currently. To put that number into perspective, its competitor, Modern Warfare 3 has a 24-hour peak of 160K.

The Finals combat
The Finals has surpassed MW3 shortly after its launch.

The Finals is a free-to-play shooter, and this is one of the prime reasons for its success. However, it does not change the fact that The Finals had quite a launch, as it is one of the most played games on Steam.

Even The Game Awards’ 2023 Game of the Year winner, Baldur’s Gate 3 has a lower player count than The Finals, sitting at a 24-hour peak of 200K, at the time of writing.

The Finals might have had a big launch and toppled the likes of MW3 and Baldur’s Gate 3, but it is still far from reaching Counter Strike 2’s 1.2 million 24-hour peak. Other multiplayer games like Apex Legends, PUBG, and Naraka: Bladepoint are sitting above The Finals as well in the Steam rankings, at the time of writing.

Even though it has received a lot of love from thousands of players at the time of launch, many wonder if the title will be able to keep up performing at this level for a long time. It remains to be seen if it will pose competition to shooters like CS2 or Valorant.

For more on The Finals, check out if there’s SBMM in the game and the best PC settings to run it smoothly.