Despite Declining Score, Starfield Remains in Steam’s 2023 Best Sellers

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We’ve heard it all before. Starfield haters have review-bombed the game on Steam, contributing to a steady decline in scores until Bethesda’s latest open-world RPG finally sunk to Mostly Negative territory.

That’s why we still find it surprising that, given this barrage of consistently negative feedback, Starfield still manages to become a bestseller on Steam. It’s not just a best-selling title; it is part of the Platinum tier, which means it is one of the top 10 games on the platform for revenue.

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It’s on the list with Resident Evil 4 Remake, Hogwarts Legacy, and, not surprisingly, Larian Studios’ Baldur's Gate 3. BG3 is considered by many as the de facto game of the year after winning the much-coveted award during The Games Award in December.

However, Starfield’s inclusion into Steam’s top 10 best-selling games for 2023 is not a surprise to us here at Starfield Portal. If you recall, Bethesda had claimed that Starfield had six million players on release day. This includes stats from Steam and Game Pass, which allowed those subscribed to the service to play the game for free on the launch date.

Of course, who’d forget about the 10 million players milestone that Bethesda’s space exploration RPG effortlessly hit after only three weeks from its launch?

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A dawn full of hope for Starfield

It’s January, and Bethesda is finally rolling out the first of many promised updates to transform Starfield. While the first patch is expected to be released on the first week of February, Bethesda announced last week that it will update the Steam Beta on January 17.

Bethesda announced on X that the patch will introduce fixes for the Eye of the Storm and Into the Unknown quests aside from small performance issues.

Among others, the patch will attempt to address the “pet rock” phenomenon and streamline sun disk geometry, planet ring shadows, and stubborn bulldozed objects.

Please note, however, that this update is not the one we repeat, not the one to bring the much-awaited new ways to travel.

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