It turns out that showing online on Steam harms games. The creator of Left 4 Dead swore off early access because of this feature

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Steam provides the opportunity to find out what the game's current online status is. This feature becomes a problem in some cases

It turns out that showing online on Steam harms games. The creator of Left 4 Dead swore off early access because of this feature

Left 4 Dead creator Chet Falisek complained about showing online on Steam. He is slowly developing The Anacrusis in early access and if you look at the online statistics, you can see a peak in the range of 10-30 players.

The conclusion suggests itself: almost no one plays the game – the online game is virtually dead.

However (if you believe the developer) this is a misconception: “…SteamDB will report that yesterday we had 1 player [online], but in fact there are 10,000 of them. Some, of course, play through cross-play [on Xbox], but the point is also how they count the metric for smaller games .”

Supposedly there is some threshold for calculating real online metrics on Steam, and The Anacrusis, like other small games, is simply below this supposed threshold (it is unknown how he knew about the existence of a “threshold”).

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Falisek said that he will never launch projects in early access again. It will use closed beta testing.

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