For comparison, the only game in Sony’s recent PC catalog to have performed worse is Sackboy: A Big Adventure which managed just 610 peak, concurrent players.
Sony’s other PC ports have performed far better, with God of War leading the pack at around 74,000 concurrents, Marvel’s Spider-Man at around 66,000, Horizon Zero Dawn at around 56,000, and Days Gone at around 28,000.
It’s worth noting that while Returnal debuted to a strong critical reception and was lauded with industry awards in the year following its release, it’s a significantly smaller IP than that of God of War or Spider-Man.
Returnal was released for PC earlier this week and is currently the 165th most-played game on Steam in the last 24 hours.
However, even some of PlayStation‘s larger IPs have seemingly failed to make a large splash on PC so far, as Uncharted: The Legacy of Thieves Collection managed a similarly low 10,851 concurrent player count during its debut weekend, despite being a far larger IP than Returnal.
In June 2021, Sony claimed the game has sold around 560,000 copies on PlayStation 5 during the first two months, which was within its expectations.
Following months of speculation, a PC port of Returnal was finally announced in December 2022.
Housemarque’s next game will be a new intellectual property rather than a sequel, although the title will incorporate ideas and narrative systems originally planned for Returnal.