One of the breakout games of the summer is finally out, and it seems like its popularity is holding strong. Wacky inflatable arm-flailing battle royale Fall Guys went live today. Enough players are already hopping online that its servers are actually struggling to handle the load.
If you haven't heard of Fall Guys yet, it's a 60-player battle royale where you take on the role of a wobbling jelly bean-like character, with the sole goal of making it to the number-one spot in a series of knockout challenges. It's inspired by game shows like Wipeout and Takeshi's Castle, so courses are usually harrowing gauntlets of obstacles to overcome as you race to the finish or simply try to avoid elimination.
It's a charming mix of inflatable, goofy fun and genuinely engaging platforming that garnered Fall Guys some massive popularity over the course of several beta weekends. Even when it quietly re-opened for an internal test, players quickly noticed and the game shot back up the Twitch charts.
Today, Fall Guys is out on Steam and PlayStation 4. It's even pulling a Rocket League by being a PS Plus game of the month at launch. Suffice to say, servers have been a bit crowded.
Throughout the morning, we've seen various cases of server overload and people being unable to access the game. Anecdotally, we got a game in, but were unable to record the progress to the game's battle pass-style progression due to server hiccups. Mediatonic and the team have been fairly up front about dealing with ongoing load and matchmaking issues, even making some pretty funny jokes about it. As of this writing, it seems like literal thousands of falling guys are trying to get in all at once, like Three Stooges Syndrome, but the team is working on getting servers stable.
As other developers have said in the past, being incredibly popular is a pretty alright problem to have. Hopefully Mediatonic can wrangle the servers to a stable condition by the time I log on for some more rounds later today.