Almost eight years after it was first announced, Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord finally arrived via Steam Early Access yesterday.
The medieval action role-player is doing well, too. Developer Taleworlds has trumpeted some impressive concurrent player numbers - enough, it says, to make it Steam's biggest launch this year.
#Bannerlord has over 145,000 concurrent players right now. It took 100 minutes to reach 100,000. +1250 reviews on Steam, 88% of them positive, in just 3 hours.— Mount & Blade (@Mount_and_Blade) March 30, 2020
All these numbers make already @Mount_and_Blade II: Bannerlord the biggest launch in Steam in 2020.
These numbers have only grown over the past day, with upwards of 200,000 people now playing at the time of writing.
If you're not familiar with Mount and Blade, it's a swords and shields battler with no fantasy elements where you build up an army of soldiers and go besiege castles.
Here's some guy named Chris Bratt having a look at it for Eurogamer nearly three years ago: