On January 11, 2024, the distribution of Sail Forth, an adventure game offering to surf the ocean on a sailboat, started in the Epic Games Store. The distribution led to a huge increase in the game's audience.
The success of the title was told in X by its developer David Evans (David Evans). According to him, on the first day of the distribution, Sail Forth managed to simultaneously attract 33,857 players at the peak — 282,041.7% more than the day before. By the second day, Epic Games Store users had picked up Sail Forth 2.4 million times for free.
"I'm shocked. I knew a lot of new players would join, but this is just crazy," Evans wrote.
making your game free on epic has been shown to increase player count by as much as…uh… 282,041% pic.twitter.com/9e5BV9nZbf
— David Evans (@festivevector) January 12, 2024
The distribution of Sail Forth will last until the evening of January 18. It is difficult to guess how many times the game will be taken away by this time. Evans himself did not make predictions.
Note that Sail Forth has never even come close to achieving such an online experience on Steam. According to SteamDB, the maximum number of simultaneous players that the Steam version of Sail Forth had is 170. At the time of writing the news, only six people are playing it.
Sail Forth has a "very positive" rating on Steam. Users of the site have left 360 reviews, of which 93% are positive. She also has good ratings in the Epic Games Store — 4.4 points out of 5.
Sail Forth was released on December 21, 2022. In addition to PC, the game is available on PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch consoles.