The Division has dropped 94% of its players in three months

The Division

Update 17/6: We made Jake redo some maths on this one and while the percentage of players was correct, the exact numbers were wrong. We've edited the story to reflect this. 

Remember the Division? It launched three months ago and was Ubisoft's "fastest-selling game ever", although they didn't provide exact sales numbers, the player numbers spoke for themselves.

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Sadly, it seems the would-be Destiny beater has sunk without a trace, with the daily players dropping from 113,877 peak players all the way down to just under 7,247 peak players on Steam for the last couple of days, that's a drop of around 94%.

The Division was squatting in the five most played games on Steam, peaking at #3. Now it's sitting at #43. The game has been beset with a variety of issues including server problems, glitches and exploits that hindered many players efforts.

Is this a cause to worry? It's impossible to say, but Ubisoft are still pushing out content packs and DLC for what they had probably hoped would be their flagship title. If players are dropping the MMO for newer releases, the game might need more than a few content updates to bring people back to the streets of the Big Apple.

You can see information on peak players for the Division on SteamCharts, but it's not a pretty picture. I'm always been quite a fan of The Division, although haven't logged in myself in over a month, hopefully it's still got something up it's sleeves.

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Balls Deep avatarsychotic avatarPixxelBob avatarnu1mlock avatarJake Tucker avatarSable avatar+1
sychotic Avatar
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10 Months ago

I believe Ubisoft failed on several fronts.

1. slow response to address exploiters/cheaters.

2. Extremely slow and light handed response to hackers/losers.

3. Continued insistence that everyone wanted to play in the broken DZ pvp. just calling it pvp is a joke. It was more like shoot other player in the back zone.

4. Their very poor loot system and that making it harder would be more rewarding. Their loot system was like look everyone I got another crappy mod, yea!

5. Most people play an RPG game for the PVE/Co-op and they have completely ignored that group and they left. Their answer was to say it's great you should want to play it. Really, they thought that was acceptable.

6. Their forums are horribly moderated and we're completely unhelpful when people try to log concerns over state of game. Infested with trolls and hackers justifying their actions and burying post under venomous words and racial slurs.

So, I would like to think I will give them another shoot, but I don't think it will happen. They made poor choices and now have to live with the results.

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PixxelBob Avatar
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10 Months ago

I fully agree with all your points. I've been playing throughout the problems because I actually still enjoy it.

Nonetheless. If you haven't played since 1.2 I suggest you give he game another visit. Loot has been massively improved, and there's loads of new open world content such as search & destroy missions & HVT missions with high value loot.

The DZ has been improved, but I think still needs more work.

The game is getting a lot better and I really hope it will continue to.

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Balls Deep Avatar
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10 Months ago

It's not an MMO, just an FYI Jake. It's an online shooter/RPG.

Wish they allowed more people in the Dark Zone. The small cap they had on it hurt it more than anything. Especially them touting the DZ being the end all be all zone. The graphical degrade was a terrible lie on Ubisoft as well and I think a lot of people felt betrayed.

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nu1mlock Avatar
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10 Months ago

What?

The Division never had 2.1 million players per day on Steam. It might have had 2.1 million players per day on all platforms combined, but not on Steam alone.

You can't just simply combine ALL platforms (Uplay, Steam, Origin, Playstation 4, Xbox One) and say "wow, these many" and then only use a single platform (Steam) and say "ooooh, so few".

Steam "only" sold about 760,000 copies of The Division, so it's really stupid to compare the total amount of players from all platforms and then compare it to Steam-only users three months later.

Now, while this comment is late "to the party", something has to be done. Either a proper answer to this comment or an update to the article - seeing it's absolutely 100% misleading AND wrong.

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Jake Tucker Avatar
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10 Months ago

Hi buddy,

Cheers for pointing out the error, and it was an error - entirely my bad. I didn't double check my own maths on this and made a complete error. The headline is still correct, it's just that exact part of the article has the wrong figures. I'm going to do my maths now (under pain of death from Ben) and then do an edit to the article taking this into account .

Thanks for getting in touch, honestly, everyone makes errors sometimes but it's great to get a chance to fix it up. Thanks!

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abelsgmx Avatar
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8 Months ago

There a just a few of players playing on PC, i started a new character and queue for hours in hard dificulty missions without can join in a group

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Sable Avatar
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10 Months ago

This game's DZ system is really shit!!

That game was not need fuck pvp mode.

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Sable Avatar
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10 Months ago

Openworld (PvP mode + Cheat = Bye bye users) ÷ UBI software

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