Three of the biggest games from recent years recaptured the Steam top three during the second week of the PC retailer’s annual Summer Sale.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Monster Hunter World and Grand Theft Auto V were the Steam Sale’s three best-selling titles, by revenue, during the annual promotion’s second week.
At US$15 a copy, half its usual price, multiplayer survival action game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was not only the online store’s best-selling title, but also its second-most played game, according to data recorded by third-party tracker SteamCharts – the PUBG concurrent player count passed 717,00 on Sunday, July 7, when Steam’s weekly chart was compiled.
The tally is still a good deal lower than its lifetime peak of 3.25 million in January 2018, but evidently the game is still attracting new players – or new purchases, at any rate.
Free team game Dota 2, developed by Steam Store operator Valve Software, was the most-played game with 750,000 players on the Sunday, down a little from the 779,000 the night before.
A taste of upcoming Monster Hunter World expansion Iceborne coincided with the Steam Sale.
Developer and publisher Capcom ran a half-price promotion for the Windows PC edition as a standalone beta for Iceborne ran on PlayStation 4, overlapping with the sale’s June 25 start and continuing until July 1.
The sizable add-on is to launch September 6 on PS4 and Xbox One, then later on PC; there had been an eight-month gap between the base console and PC editions of "Monster Hunter World" in 2018.
Third best-seller for the week, by revenue, was a US$15 (RM62) Grand Theft Auto V, also half price, and originally released on PC in April 2015.
It’s not the most recent release from influential studio network Rockstar Games, but Red Dead Redemption 2 has not yet been released or even announced for PC, despite arriving on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in October 2018.
Though 2019 is yet to bring any larger content updates, Grand Theft Auto V nevertheless continues to hold regular weekly events for multiplayer mode Grand Theft Auto Online.
Five years have elapsed since Grand Theft Auto V released, leading to heightened speculation that Rockstar will announce a follow-up in the near future.
Both Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2 were announced during the month of October.
Official Steam Top Sellers for the week ending July 7, 2019* (steampowered.com):
1. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)
2. Monster Hunter World
3. Grand Theft Auto V
4. Total War: Three Kingdoms
5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year
*Steam chart based on revenue rather than units. – AFP Relaxnews