Total War: Three Kingdoms is Steam’s biggest new release of 2019

It’s good news for SEGA and the talented folk at Creative Assembly. Total War: Three Kingdoms has had the biggest Steam launch of 2019, coming out on top of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Mortal Kombat, and other top PC titles.

According Steam Charts (an independent data collecting website), Total War: Three Kingdoms reached a whopping peak concurrent player count of 191,816 over the weekend. It’s no surprise that the strategy sequel currently sits at number one in Steam’s global top sellers.


In an interview with GI.Biz, Creative Assembly’s Rob Bartholomew claimed that Three Kingdoms had the highest number of pre-orders out of any Total War game. He goes on to say that this is, in part, due to a surge of interest from China’s ever-growing gaming market.

That should really come as no surprise considering the focus of this latest entry. As the name implies, Three Kingdoms is set in Ancient China, allowing you to partake in a narrative-driven campaign (based on Luo Guanzhong’s Romance of the Three Kindgoms) or a more historically accurate record of events.

Bartholomew goes on to say:

We know that Steam is growing significantly in those territories, and Steam is obviously a really important partner for us. We tend to grow when Steam grows. But China, in particular, has dramatically moved up through the market share rankings for our titles over the last four or five years.

While Steam Charts is a reliable source for Steam player counts and other useful data, it’s tough to analyse these numbers without access to Valve’s own official stats which aren’t made available to the public.

Total War: Three Kingdoms review

This latest instalment in the popular franchise effortlessly pinched the title of 2019’s biggest Steam launch from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The masterful Shinobi simulator boasts an impressive all-time peak of 124,334 concurrent players.

It’s never been considered a PC focused franchise but, for some added context, last month’s Mortal Kombat 11 reached a peak of just over 27,000.

In our review of Total War: Three Kingdoms we were mostly positive, scoring the sequel a 7/10. While impressed with some of its clever reworks and adaptation of a new historic setting, it doesn’t quite match the studio’s recent Warhammer spin-offs.

Source: Steam Charts /

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