If someone had told me a month ago that gamers on PC would be playing Farming Simulator 22 more than Battlefield 2042, I would have thought it was a nebulous story. Still, Battlefield 2042 was one of the most anticipated games this year, and Farming Simulator 22 is the game that the biggest fans complained about looking the same as Farming Simulator 19.
Farming Simulator 22 managed to reach 11th place in its first weekend in terms of the number of simultaneous players on Steam. In the last 24 hours, 94,744 players played it, and 42,000 spectators watched Twitch. It's not a record result - the statistics were better on November 23 when the game was launched, but the numbers are still higher than in the case of Battlefield 2042. The largest number of simultaneous players in Battlefield 2042 last weekend was 57,186.
Moreover, when we compare the records of Farming Simulator 22 and Battlefield 2042, the agriculture simulator in less than a week had a larger number of simultaneously active players (105,636) than Battlefield 2042 (105,397). Of course, this does not mean that PC players prefer agriculture to futuristic warfare but is only an indicator of two things. First: the start of Battlefield 2042 was bad, and second: simulation games have a loyal audience that should not be underestimated.
All in all, an unusual weekend on Steam that raises the question of what will happen when we have a clash between Farming Simulator 2042 and Battlefield ’22.