How many players does The Elder Scrolls Online have? We don’t know — ZeniMax is coy about that. But we do have a better idea of the scale thanks to numbers Bethesda recently released to Polygon as part of its One Tamriel mainstream media blitz. The highlights:
- ZeniMax confirmed that the ESO playerbase dipped in between the April 2014 launch and the hybrid B2P transition last year.
- Concurrency following the removal of the mandatory sub with Tamriel Unlimited in the spring of 2015 “tripled.”
- The console launch was so big — and Bethsoft’s predictions about the playerbase were so low — that “all service completely melted down.”
- Following the console launch, Bethsoft says, ESO was “approaching over 500,000 people simultaneously on the system” — that’s 235,000 playing concurrently and over 200,000 in queues.
- The playerbase is almost evenly spread among the PC/Mac, Xbox One, and PS4 platforms, about 30% apiece “give or take.”