Despite the large amount of buzz the game received at launch, it seems that MultiVersus’s popularity is already on the wane.
When MultiVersus first launched, the hype surrounding the game was feverish, racking up over 20 million users in less than a month.
The game also beat FromSoftware’s Elden Ring as the highest-grossing game of July, which is quite an impressive feat for a free-to-play title.
Unfortunately, it seems that the hype surrounding MultiVersus is already fading, if recent stats from both Twitch and Steam have anything to offer.
MultiVersus sees huge decline in engagement
Stats from stats tracking sites like SteamCharts shows how much the game has fallen since the peaks in both July and August.
At the time of writing, MultiVersus has a fairly respectable 7,229 players online. However, the game recently hit a new low on Steam on September 27, 2022, when the number of active players reached 1,375.
While the release of Rick Sanchez gave the Steam player base a healthy rise to 11,405, it has since fallen back to the 7,000 player range.
As for Twitch, the game has about 1,600 active viewers at the time of writing. This is a long way from the high of 182,216 on July 26, 2022, according to stats tracking website TwitchTracker.
MultiVersus’ free-to-play nature and focus on casual play allowed a wide audience of players to participate at a low stake.
Of course, gamers have seen this trend happen quite a bit over the past few years with various titles.
For example, in May 2021, EA’s dodgeball game Knockout City garnered huge numbers on Twitch, but has since declined in popularity, with only 130 total viewers on the platform at the time of writing.
The now free-to-play title Fall Guys went through a similar phenomenon, but experienced a massive revival of players after being free-to-play.
It remains to be seen whether MultiVersus’ popularity was just another example of fleeting fame, but this current drop in viewership certainly doesn’t seem like the best sign.