The Finals, a new free-to-play multiplayer shooter from the former Battlefield developers, is finally out and showing some great numbers on Steam. The only issue is mixed user reviews, but they have nothing to do with the game’s technical state or overall quality.
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After the announcement in January 2021, The Day Before has long been at the top of the most anticipated games on Steam. Yesterday, it was released on the platform as part of early access. Most of the users who have tried the game, speak about it extremely negatively. Unfortunately, there are good reasons for this.
Owlcat Games has just released its third RPG, this time based on another renowned IP — Warhammer 40,000. Here is how the game’s launch went in terms of reviews and player count.
The Day Before, once the most wishlisted game on Steam, has finally launched in Early Access after several delays. However, player reception has been overwhelmingly negative so far, and here are the main reasons for this.
Thanks to discounts, some older games have managed to return to the top-selling charts on Steam. However, indie hit Lethal Company still outperforms all others, including evergreen titles like Counter-Strike 2.
Lethal Company continues to gain momentum following its successful launch on Steam. In addition to its chart-topping positions, the co-op indie horror is now the top-rated game of 2023 on the store.
The cooperative indie horror Lethal Company managed to become the most highly rated game on Steam among all projects that were released in 2023. He beat Baldur’s Gate 3, a remake of Resident Evil 4 and Dave the Diver.
Many developers have noticed a surge in positive reviews for their games during the new Steam sale. This is due to a special badge that players can win after completing certain tasks at the annual award event.
Diablo IV has seen a huge surge in player count on Steam this week. Let’s take a look at how Blizzard’s successful ARPG has been performing on the store since its October launch and compare it to some other releases.
Sony failed to annul a class action lawsuit filed by British gamers in August 2022. The UK Competition Court of Appeal ruled that the company must justify its position at the hearing.
Shortly after Valve announced the OLED version of Steam Deck, its handheld PC has become the top-selling product on the store. Here are all the notable shifts that have occurred on the charts over the past week.
The cooperative horror Lethal Company, created by a lone developer Zeekerss, has become a hit on Steam. It took the third place in the chart of the highest-grossing premium products on the site for the last week.
Ark: Survival Ascended, a remaster of Ark: Survival Evolved, has reached a new milestone shortly after its Early Access launch on Steam. The developers are now working on console versions of the game
Snail, the publisher of ARK: Survival Ascended, announced that the game has passed the milestone of 600 thousand copies sold two weeks after its release in early access.
The Tagansky court of Moscow imposed a fine of 1 million rubles on the Singapore company Proxima Beta, the "daughter" of Tencent. It did not localize the personal data of Russian PUBG Mobile players.
Newzoo analysts estimate that in the first half of 2023, the ten largest public game publishers earned a total of $54.4 billion. Most of all — Tencent, Sony and Apple.
Risk of Rain Returns, a remastered version of the 2013 roguelike/platformer, has proven to be a success for Hopoo Games. It attracted tens of thousands of concurrent players, making a strong debut on Steam’s weekly charts.
With mass layoffs affecting people at both small studios and tech giants, Amazon is the latest company to announce job cuts. The move will affect employees in its video game division.
Stronghold: Definitive Edition, a remastered version of the classic real-time strategy game, has been a success for Firefly Studios. Here’s how the title performed after its recent launch on Steam.
Steam Deck has been a huge success for Valve. And the new statement from the company indicates that its portable PC continues to sell well.
Steam Deck designers Lawrence Yang and Pierre-Loup Griffais told about the sales of the portable PC in a comment to The Verge. They did not give exact figures.
In 2018, Google discussed a multimillion-dollar deal with Epic Games. She was ready to invest $147 million in Epic Games over three years if she agreed to publish Fortnite on Google Play. This is stated in the documents disclosed during the trial between the companies.
Microsoft has named the new head of Xbox Game Studios following a recent reorganization of its gaming segment. Here is everything to know about Alan Hartman, a veteran manager and head of the Forza franchise.
Sony announced the results of the second quarter of fiscal 2023 (July-September 2023). Below is a brief summary of the success of the gaming division.
Microsoft has chosen a new head of the Xbox Games Studios division. It was Alan Hartman, who previously headed Turn 10 Studios.
Last week, Japanese residents bought Xbox Series and consoles more often than PlayStation 5 consoles. According to Famitsu, 3,301 copies of the Xbox Series and 2,933 copies of the PlayStation 5 were bought in the country.
From January 2024, most Microsoft employees will no longer receive an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription for free. This is reported by The Verge with reference to sources.
Fntastic has managed to finally reclaim the title of its upcoming survival action game The Day Before. As a result, it has returned to Steam, with the studio gearing up for the Early Access launch.
SteamDB creator Pavel Djundik noticed that Valve is working on new family settings on Steam. There are few details yet, but it is known that there are three functions.
ARK: Survival Ascended, a new version of Studio Wildcard’s survival hit, is off to a strong start on Steam after its Early Access release on October 26. Plus, there were some interesting shifts in the top 20 highest-grossing titles on the store.
This year may be one game blockbuster richer. The open beta of the cooperative shooter The Finals attracted an audience of 267 thousand people on Steam. This is almost four times more than I was able to collect at the peak on the Overwatch 2 platform.
This year may yet see another gaming blockbuster. The open beta of the cooperative shooter, The Finals, drew an audience of 267,000 people on Steam. This is almost four times as much as what Overwatch 2 peaked at on the platform.
Unlike the mobile market, tracking downloads and revenue of free-to-play games on PC is nearly impossible due to a lack of data. But discoverability expert Simon Carless has tried to analyze the current state of the F2P segment on Steam.
After closing the $68.7 billion Activision Blizzard deal, Microsoft is gearing up for its new chapter. The company has made some structural changes to Xbox’s leadership to better manage its portfolio of first-party studios and ensure further business growth.
Starting from November 20, Steam will stop selling games and other products for Turkish lira and Argentine pesos. The US dollar will be used instead of these currencies.
Valve will no longer support regional currencies in Turkey and Argentina, changing them to the US dollar. Steam users in a number of other countries will see the new regionalized USD pricing.
The wave of layoffs sweeping the games industry has reached Media Molecule, one of Sony’s most recognized first-party studios. This comes after the team ended live service support for its game creation platform Dreams.
Unlike mobile, it is almost impossible to track the metrics of freeplay titles on a PC. Nevertheless, gaming expert Simon Carless tried to do this. He analyzed the Steam games released on the site over the past 12 months*.
Connie Booth, one of the most recognized people within Sony’s gaming business, has reportedly left the company after more than 30 years. She is the person behind some of PlayStation’s key franchises, having worked closely with studios like Naughty Dog and Insomniac Games.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 has been a huge success for Sony and Insomniac Games. It took the title just 24 hours to set a new sales record for any game in the history of PlayStation Studios.
According to Sony Interactive Entertainment, the new Insomniac Games project has become the fastest-selling game in the history of PlayStation Studios.
Valve is in no hurry to officially disclose Steam Deck sales, so analysts share data for it. Simon Carless tried to find out how many people bought this portable PC.
Several App Store employees in China have been accused of abuse of office, sources tell The Information. According to the publication, they were approached by developers with a request to help with the promotion of games in the store.
The problem with Steam Deck is that Valve has never reported official sales figures since starting shipping its portable PC in February 2022. However, there is still some indirect data that can be used to estimate the number of owners.
Circana shared the top three Steam games by player engagement in September. Baldur’s Gate 3 was the leader among all premium titles on the platform.
Analyst Mat Piscatella from Circana also said that in September, Steam users from the United States played Counter-Strike 2, Baldur's Gate 3 and Starfield the most actively.
Diablo IV has finally launched on Steam, as Blizzard games continue to arrive on Valve’s platform, However, player reception has been far from great so far.
The Roblox platform is in demand among owners of PlayStation consoles. In the week since the release on October 10, the PlayStation version of Roblox has collected more than 10 million downloads. This is reported by journalist Stephen Totilo from Axios, citing data from a company representative.
On October 17, Diablo IV was released on Steam. The users of the site reacted coolly to the game: at the time of writing the news, its rating is 58%.
Hearts of Iron IV remains the evergreen hit for Paradox Interactive. The latest DLC sparked a new wave of interest in the strategy game, helping it set its new concurrent player record.
WN Media Group has shared the first details about WN Belgrade’23, the upcoming conference for games industry professionals. The event is expected to bring together more than 400 companies and feature talks from renowned devs like Raphaël Colantonio.