Just ahead of the weekend, PlayStation revealed a new feature in which players can produce a video of their PlayStation 4 milestones. An unexpected side effect of MyPS4Life
is the ability to see total player numbers for games.
If you head to MyPS4Life
you can click just one button to see a summary of your first and most played games (though there has been plenty of evidence on Twitter that the "first played" stats, at least, are not particularly accurate). It also reveals players' rarest trophy and discloses how many players currently have that trophy.
As discovered by gamstat
on Reddit, a simple calculation from this last statistic can potentially reveal a global player number estimate for a particular game. PlayStation publicly displays the percentage of players who have each trophy on their website. By taking the total number of players who have earned a trophy in a game from MyPS4Life videos and applying this percentage, gamstat has been working out the number of players that would represent 100% of that game's player base. The Redditor has started collating these stats on their website
, and it makes for interesting reading.
Obviously the stats are only rough estimates, and are less reliable for the very rarest trophies. Gamstat has also worked out that the data cut-off date looks to be somewhere between 20 November and 4 December 2018, so the very latest stats will not be reflected (the most recent games will not appear at all). Nevertheless, it's interesting to see which games are coming out on top so far:
|Game || Total Player Estimate|
|Grand Theft Auto V || 51,700,000|
|FIFA 18 || 32,500,000|
|FIFA 17 || 30,000,000|
|Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition || 25,600,000|
|Call of Duty: WWII || 24,600,000|
|Rocket League || 22,600,000|
|FIFA 15 || 19,200,000|
|Fortnite || 16,200,000|
|The Last of Us Remastered || 15,900,000|
|Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege || 15,300,000|
There's not too much more to say on the list so far, though gamstat claims to be continuing work to add as many as possible. There's just one final depressing stat worth sharing: the final season of The Walking Dead
appears to have only reached 35,800 players, which probably goes some way to confirm the cause of Telltale Games' sad demise this year.