Half the highest ten most-played video games of 2022 (up to now) weren’t launched this decade
In transient: What do you assume was the most-played sport of this yr up to now? Elden Ring involves thoughts, given its big recognition, however it solely managed twentieth place on the listing, crushed by quite a few classics. Interestingly, half the highest ten video games did not even launch this decade, whereas the three most up-to-date titles have been launched final yr.
The statistics come from The NPD Group’s PlayerPulse and have been shared by the corporate’s Executive Director (and online game business advisor) Mat Piscatella. He notes that the listing is in chronological order, so whereas Minecraft’s 2009 launch makes it the oldest, it wasn’t essentially the most-played sport final yr.
Here are the highest 10 most performed video games of Q1 2022 within the U.S. ranked by yr of preliminary launch. (Source: The NPD Group’s PlayerPulse)
Half of the highest 10 weren’t launched this decade. Elden Ring ranked twentieth. Ahead of it have been video games like Rocket League, World of Warcraft and Skyrim. pic.twitter.com/eWXKVMFHZj
— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) May 24, 2022
Half the video games within the prime ten have been launched earlier than 2020: Minecraft, GTA V, The Sims 4, Fortnite, and Among Us. The remainder of the listing contains Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Call of Duty: Warzone, Madden NFL 22, Call of Duty: Vanguard, and NBA 2K22. The most-played sport itself wasn’t revealed, however it’s arduous to think about it being one thing apart from GTA V, Call of Duty: Warzone, or Minecraft.
Piscatella notes that evergreen titles and large stay service video games will all the time entice a variety of gamers’ time, consideration, and spending, making it arduous for brand new titles to interrupt by. Strong social communities additionally hold gamers engaged. He added that companies like Game Pass and PlayStation Plus additionally play an vital half, and that extra AAA titles needs to be out there on subscription companies the identical day they launch, thereby serving to them get funded and tackle evergreen titles.
Elden Ring, which bought 13.4 million copies as of April, was the 20th most-played sport, sitting behind older titles similar to Rocket League, World of Warcraft, and Skyrim. But it is vital to do not forget that the listing is for Q1. This interval is normally recorded as January to the tip of March, so Elden Ring would have solely been out for one month when the information was collected.