According to the Dark Souls 3 Steam achievement page, 1 in 10 Dark Souls 3 players haven't reached the first bonfire in the game – found just after the tutorial.
The Dark Souls games have a reputation of being difficult, especially when compared to most other AAA releases. Apparently, some players find the latest game in the series, Dark Souls III, so hard that they can't even make it to the first bonfire in the game, which is found before the first boss and just outside the beginning tutorial area.
This is according to stats from the Steam achievement page for Dark Souls III, which claims that roughly 10% of players that own the game haven't reached the first bonfire. This could mean that some players start the game, decide they don't like it, and turn it off before getting to the bonfire, though alternatively, it could mean that they have purchased the game on Steam without starting it yet.
The Steam achievement page for Dark Souls III reveals other interesting facts about the way players are playing the game on PC. For example, 86% of Dark Souls III players have managed to defeat the game's first boss, Iudex Gundyr, yet only 37% have managed to beat the game. It's unclear how many of those players that beat the game managed to find and defeat all of Dark Souls III's optional bosses as well as the ones required to see one of its endings.
As is to be expected, very few gamers have managed to unlock all of Dark Souls III's achievements, with just 0.9% accomplishing this feat on Steam at the time of this writing. While we expect more players to end up reaching the first bonfire as time goes on, it seems unlikely that a significant number of Dark Souls III owners will look to unlock all of the game's achievements, so that percent may stay pretty static.
In the meantime, it would be interesting to see the PC stats compared to those that played the game on Xbox One or PS4. It could shine a light on how game playing habits differ based on what platform players are using. For example, Steam is known as a platform where consumers build up considerable backlogs thanks to events like the Steam summer sale, whereas the same is not necessarily true for home console owners. It stands to reason that Xbox One and PS4 owners are less likely to install Dark Souls III and not even reach the first bonfire, but we would need to see concrete stats on the matter to be sure.
Overall, these Dark Souls III stats offer an idea of the playing habits of Dark Souls fans on PC. It would be interesting to see how these stats would fluctuate if those that haven't actually started the game proper were removed from the equation, but for now, we can only speculate about how the numbers would change.
Dark Souls III is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: VG 24/7