Man vs Machine Breaks Record: 999 Simultaneous Players

MuchDifferent battles it out with developers, press, and gamers.MuchDifferent battles it out with developers, press, and gamers.A 10am EST on Sunday, MuchDifferent set a new world record for having 999 players battle simultaneously on a single multiplayer map, just one player shy of the company's 1000 goal. The previous record-holder was Sony's PlanetSide which saw 399 players participate in a battle within the same zone.

"The world record number has been confirmed by an independent expert who was observing the game as it was taking place," MuchDifferent announced at the conclusion of the Guinness event. "Confirmation from the Guinness World Records Gamer Edition will take a few more days, but we are supremely confident that our world record will be included in their next edition."

According to MuchDifferent, more than 1000 players were trying to sign into Man Vs. Machine simultaneously, but only 999 players were able to get in at any one moment. That said, for those who signed up and weren't able to attend -- it's not your fault the 1000-player goal wasn't reached.

"At 16.04.29 CET, Man was winning the battle against Machine as 999 people were part of a new world record," the company said. "About a second later, our server choked on the enormous number of people trying to get in to the game. We were receiving a far higher number of requests than we were expecting."

"But the server was restarted and during the next hour and a half we were averaging somewhere around 980 players at any given moment," the company added. "Proving that PikkoServer can take the strain and deliver an entirely new multiplayer experience never seen before."

This is certainly good news for developers seeking to create a FPS of large-scale multiplayer proportions. PikkoServer, the server and network technology behind Sunday's Man Vs. Machine demo, will be offered to studios at a later date. MuchDifferent will likely take the data it acquired from the recent FPS-based "test" and make the necessary tweaks to provide a more stable solution... and maybe even achieve the 1000-player goal after all.

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  • Neverdyne
    cheeseborgerwho cares if its a world record that game looked super boring


    You missed the point entirely. This is not even a game, it's a test! It was never meant to be a COD or Halo, it was just created to test the network and server technology, and set a world record in the process. It's like saying "3DMark06 is really boring, I can't even move or anything."
  • yorgos
    the best part is that you have 999 people commenting.
    this is hilarious, the best comment I managed to read is....
    "What is love, baby don't hurt me"

    AHAHAHA, i fell down laughing.
  • amuffin
    BATTLEFIELD 3 Imagine 1000 players.....
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  • cheeseborger
    who cares if its a world record that game looked super boring
  • illfindu
    I was slightly excited for this *not enough to take part in it* but now I feel like it was really lame. At several points he ethier comments that he can't see his shots or it seems like hes fireing point blank and nothing happens. I get this was a test but If hit detection and projectile tracking is bad whats the point. 399 players in a working planet side game seems allot more interesting and incredible then 999 people basically running around. I am going to reserve my final opinion till I hear more but with all that is going on it seems possible that you could throw in some flashing lights some random deaths and tell people there fighting.
  • Neverdyne
    cheeseborgerwho cares if its a world record that game looked super boring


    You missed the point entirely. This is not even a game, it's a test! It was never meant to be a COD or Halo, it was just created to test the network and server technology, and set a world record in the process. It's like saying "3DMark06 is really boring, I can't even move or anything."