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Killer Klowns player numbers stagnate on Steam two weeks after launch

The multiplayer graveyard is littered with tombstones for games that should have reached an audience but didn't. Being a good game is no longer all it takes to reach the people you need to reach, and many brilliant titles fall by the wayside and are canceled prematurely. I'm not saying that this is also the case for Killer clowns from outer space – it definitely has the potential to turn things around – but two weeks after launch, it's struggling to maintain its player numbers, at least on Steam.

It's obviously far too early to call Killer Klowns from Outer Space over. The multiplayer horror game is coming out in just two weeks, after all, and anything can happen in the gaming world – and it often does. However, player numbers on Steam have been steadily declining since the game first came out, and the concurrent player graph shows a slow decline. At the time of writing, there are currently 670 players playing Killer Klowns from Outer Space on Steam. That's not a terrible number by any means, but it's not a great indicator of health, and on top of that, there are currently only 401 viewers watching gameplay on Twitch.

It would be foolish to compare it to the juggernaut of the genre – Dead by Daylight's concurrent numbers are far higher and that's to be expected. A similarly large game, however, is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which currently has 1,275 players online and 1,100 viewers on Twitch on a Tuesday night of no consequence. Despite launching several months earlier, the chainsaw-packed game has been much better at holding on to its numbers.

A look at the Steam forums shows that there are several issues affecting players that may explain why this has happened. Current complaints range from Klowns being too weak to a perceived flood of players using cheats, making some games unfair. Of course, these complaints are anecdotal, but they indicate a bitter tone and potential defeatism in the community that needs to be combated if Killer Klowns is to make a comeback.

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It's a shame that the community is slowly giving up on the game. In our review of Killer Klowns from Outer Space we felt that it had real potential and could become a true DBD rival in an area that desperately needs one. It remains to be seen if that can change, but I'll be keeping an eye on Klowns and crossing my fingers for them.

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