Square Enix's latest open-world RPG Forspoken has failed to attract a large number of players on the PC storefront Steam. The user reviews are Mixed and the game is currently out of the 100 most played games.
Following the disappointing reviews, which saw the game scoring 68 Metascore on Metacritic, Forspoken is now available to play on both PC and PlayStation 5 . On PC, the game is available on several storefronts including Valve's popular platform Steam .
With just over 1,200 early reviews, the user score on Steam for Forspoken is "Mixed" at the moment, with 47 per cent positive reviews. This means that the majority of gamers are not finding Forspoken to be a positive experience.
Additionally, the game's launch on Steam looks quite underwhelming in terms of player counts. Forspoken's all-time peak sits at only 12,579 players, which is pretty low for such a big release. The game barely managed to enter the top 100 most-played games on Steam, taking the 98th spot on the list when looking at the 24-hour peak.
The reviews from players mostly criticise the poor optimisation, visual downgrade and corny dialogue and jokes. Those who left a positive review, praised the combat and traversal in the open world, which are the two features that many critics also loved.
While Forspoken is far from a terrible game, it's safe to say that Square Enix will be massively disappointed with the reception, which could have a major impact on the game's sales. Given that they sold off their western division, we wonder who will Square Enix blame for the poor performance of their titles this time around.
Additionally, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Square Enix's in-house Luminous engine. Since it's obvious that Forspoken looks nothing like Project Athia and certainly is not even close to utilising the full power of PlayStation 5, we wonder if Square Enix give up on their internal tools in favour of Unreal Engine 5. Guess we'll have to wait and see.
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