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It’s about this time of the 12 months that first-quarter online game stats begin making the rounds, and now we all know what the most-played titles had been. The listing itself doesn’t have many surprises, however at the very least one large title, Elden Ring, didn’t make the highest 10, which is definitely fairly attention-grabbing.
This specific Q1 report comes from the NPD Group. Executive director Matt Piscatella shared a abstract on Twitter, declaring that “half of the top 10 [games] weren’t event launched this decade.” It’s true: the highest 5 are all from earlier than 2020, with the likes of Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto V, The Sims 4, Fortnite, and Among Us taking the highest spots, in that order. As Piscatella factors out, all of these titles are well-established video games with fixed updates and stay components. The social side of the top-ranking video games can’t be missed.
Further within the thread, Piscatella means that companies like Game Pass and PlayStation Plus “will help” different video games attain the highest 10. It is usually a good move for an present game or a launch possibility for a brand new title. We might even see extra of that when PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now mix right into a single service in June.
Piscatella additionally brings up Elden Ring, which was the top-selling game of “the trailing 12-month period ending April 2022.” It was the second best-seller of April general, coming solely behind Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. Despite the roaring success, Elden Ring didn’t crack the highest 10 most-played listing. It ranked twentieth in keeping with the NPD Group’s findings.
Even so, Elden Ring continues to be fairly standard. Its followers are fairly vocal (and sometimes heated about potential content material), with a want to see standard bosses like Malenia ported into Sekiro, one other FromSoftware game. They have additionally pitted her in opposition to each main boss within the game and introduced the Game of Thrones connection full circle with an Arya Stark mod.