Halo: The Master Chief Collection currently has more players on Steam than Halo Infinite, but there could be several reasons for this and it’s likely that Halo Infinite will take back the crown very soon.
According to figures from SteamDB and Steam’s own public data page, Halo: MCC had a higher maximum concurrent player count in the last 24 hours and more players today than Halo Infinite.
Halo: MCC had around 9,000 peak concurrent players in the past 24 hours and around 5,800 currently. This compares to around 8,000 peak concurrent players for Halo Infinite over the past day and around 4,000 players currently.
Halo Infinite had a maximum concurrent player of 272,500, which is well ahead of MCC’s all-time high of 161,000.
The recent growth in popularity of MCC on Steam may be due to the launch of a huge new update that added Flood Firefight and campaign crossplay for Halo 3, among other new features and improvements. It is common for a game’s popularity to increase with the release of new content and updates.
Halo Infinite’s playerbase is expected to similarly grow when the game’s big Season 2: Lone Wolves update lands on May 3. It adds new maps and modes, among other things, which is notable as players have been clamoring for new content for quite some time. 343 himself has admitted that he understands Halo Infinite’s player base is “just out of patience” when it comes to new updates.
Halo: MCC does better on Steam than Halo Infinite isn’t necessarily a doomsday scenario for Halo Infinite. Halo is traditionally a console franchise and no Xbox player data is available. We’ve reached out to Microsoft to try to get more details on Halo Infinite’s performance on console.
Either way, neither Halo: MCC nor Halo Infinite are making big numbers on Steam. The company’s list of the 100 most played games does not include MCC or Halo Infinite.
Compared to other Xbox games, Forza Horizon 4 (17,000 players today) and Forza Horizon 5 (11,000 players today) are doing better on Steam currently than Halo: MCC and Halo Infinite.
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