Scum sells more than 250,000 copies in less than a day

Scum, the painfully accurate early access survival game, is attracting quite the following. Not content with dethroning Fortnite from its near-permanent spot at the top of Twitch (before it had even come out) Scum has continued its meteoric rise, surpassing 250,000 copies sold in just a day since release.

If you’re unfamiliar with Scum, you might recognise its concept from plenty of other early access survival games. The twist is that players take on the role of criminals dropped on a deserted island to fight for survival. Oh, and it’s all broadcast on TV. It’s also pretty realistic – while Jordan was playing it in the office earlier, I was unfortunate enough to watch his character defecate in quite graphic detail, an attempt to manage a complex in-game metabolism.

Clearly, however, that level of detail appeals to quite a few people, as developers Gamepires posted a tweet earlier today to say that that “the Scum community has been incredible and we’re thankful for the over 250k copies sold in less than 24 hours.”

The devs promise “updates to give you a best in class survival game” during Scum’s early access period. That could be a while, of course – according to its Steam page, “Scum will be in development for at least one full year during Early Access.”

That’s not deterred players from picking the game up in droves, though. Scum is publisher Devolver Digital’s biggest ever launch, with 50k concurrent players last night. It also managed to top Twitch for a brief moment this week, doing so before it had even been fully released. With Fortnite regularly drawing in hundreds of thousands of viewers, that’s no mean feat, so expect to see more of SCUM in future.

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