The PC version of Aliens: Colonial Marines lost almost 65% of its players in just one week


The initial figures pointed to Aliens: Colonial Marines being at least a financial success, but the recent onslaught of generally horrifying news stories–not to mention the almost universally negative reviews–were bound to take their toll eventually.

Sure enough, as a recent Steam Graph reveals, A:CM’s popularity has not just waned on PC, but it’s actually lost around 3,200 players–from approximately 5,000 down to about 1,800–in just seven days. That’s almost a 65% drop.

In a market that is so comfortable with relying on preexisting characters and licenses to sell, it’s nice to see that gamers can still recognize quality (or lack thereof), despite of their love of the universe from which it’s gleaning.

Regardless of who’s to blame for the game’s development, such a dramatic drop-off can’t simply be the result of bad press. It should be interesting to see how the promised DLC fares down the line.

[Source: Hold the Line via Gaming Blend]

Readers Comments (5)

  1. Man, this whole scenario is a bummer. ACM could have been so good, but now it’s just mired in scandal and mediocrity. It’s a bummer.

  2. BUMMER IS THE WORD OF THE DAY, BY THE WAY, I WASN’T USING IT TWICE IN LIKE THREE SENTENCES FOR NO REASON.

  3. Bummer has been the word of the month with this whole debacle.

    I saw your Siliconera article, by the way. Really sums things up nicely.

  4. Quite literally, game over man. 🙁

  5. Interesting article on kotaku basically saying Gearbox & Timegate are very worried Sega’a going to take legal action. If the rumors are true, I dearly hope they do, specifically against Gearbox.

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