Valve has revealed the best new, top selling and most played games of 2018 on Steam. Valve categorized the top selling winners into four groups: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Top New Releases are arranged by month and Most Played games are categorized into four groups: over 15K, 25K, 50K, and 100K simultaneous players.
Let’s start with the best new releases. In 2018 we got Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Kingdom Come Deliverance, the controversial Metal Gear Survive, Dynasty Warriors 9, Final Fantasy XV, Attack on Titan 2 and more. Basically, you can find most triple-A games – as well as numerous small budget or indie titles – in these awards (full list can be found here).
The most played games on Steam in 2018 were Team Fortress 2, DOTA 2, Monster Hunter World, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Grand Theft Auto V, Realm Royale, CS: GO Danger Zone, Path Exile Betrayal, Rainbow Six Siege and Warframe. All of these games had more than 100,000 concurrent players (full list of most played games can be found here).
Last but not least, Civilization VI, Grand Theft Auto V, Rainbow Six Siege, Warframe, Rocket League, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, DOTA2, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Monster Hunter World, The Elder Scrolls Online, Far Cry 5 and CS GO Danger Zone were the top selling games of 2018.
In the Gold category we find Assassin’s Creed Origins, Cities Skylines, Path Exile Betrayal, The Witcher 3, ARK: Survival Evolved, STELLARIS, Black Desert Online Remastered, Kingdom Come Deliverance, Dead by Daylight, Total War Warhammer 2, Jurassic World Evolution and Divinity Original Sin 2.
Now as you may have noticed, some of them are free to play games, meaning that their in-game purchases were what made them a lot of money. Not only that, but games relying on the “Games as a Service” model – like Assassin’s Creed Origins – were able to make a lot of money, so we suspect even more developers investing on both microtransactions and the GaaS model. You can find the full list of top selling games here.