No one works on video games for free. Everyone who works on a video game does it because they want to see it succeed. As much as my games are developed towards a certain market of gamers, it’s no secret that developers want their game to reach everyone in the world who owns a video game system like a PC. When it comes to commercial success, it’s measured by one thing and one thing only: sales. While cash is a decent indicator of commercial success, you also judge commercial success in the number of units sold. That being said, the following three games enjoyed some relative success with thousands of unique players in July.
|Rank||Video Game Title|
|3||Assassin’s Creed Odyssey|
|4||The Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt|
|5||Total War – WARHAMMER II|
|7||Red Dead Redemption 2|
|8||Football Manager 2020|
|10||Anno 1404 – History Edition|
1. Anno 1880
In July 2020, Anno 1880 had over 7,000 unique users in July. It’s not surprising seeing as Anno 1880, after its release in April 2019, sold the fastest of any other game in its series. It’s most likely because the developers really made a push to open up to new markets like Asia. That push could be what contributed Anno to sell more than four times as many copies of the game than their previous title, Anno 2205. Another contributing factor to Anno 1880’s commercial success was how well-received it was with Twitch and the online streaming community.
About half a million copies of Satisfactory has sold for the early access version alone. According to Coffee Stain Studio’s community manager. Despite the general consensus among gamers that the Epic Games Store is the worst thing to ever exist, it still performed relatively well. Since Satisfactory’s early access release, the game has sold over one million copies. That explains why there were more than 3,400 unique players in July. Not bad for a newer studio whose only real contribution to gaming so far has been Goat Simulator.
3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
If you put the words “Assassin’s Creed” on anything, it’s going to sell. That’s how well-known the series is. Despite being two years old, the game still picked up over 3,000 unique users in July. That’s not bad for a game that sold almost 46,000 copies in two days in Japan alone. It also outsold any game in its series in the United States, with over 1.4 million sales within the first week. That’s what anyone would call, “a success.”
4. F1 2020
It’s not every day a game off of the 2020 Formula 1, and Formula 2 championships get to the top of the charts. It’s even more surprising, seeing as F1 isn’t really popular outside of Europe. Now try saying this sentence aloud: “F1 Racing beat The last of Us Part 2 in the charts for the number 1 spot.” That’s not something you hear every day. It may have only been the UK charts, but that’s a big launch for a racing game.
5. Total War – Warhammer II
Many Total War fans aren’t familiar with the Warhammer spinoffs for the series. Total War: Warhammer II is a sequel released for Windows a year after the first one and enjoyed moderate success, getting nominated for all kinds of different awards. While some criticized the sequel as not being as good as the first one, both games’ combined sales amassed a staggering amount with over 20 million copies sold.
6. Red Dead Redemption 2
If anyone believed Red Dead Redemption 2 wouldn’t be a commercial success, then they’d be lying to themselves. It’s not getting anywhere near as much love as Rockstar’s other title, Grand Theft Auto V, but it hasn’t had almost a decade of nearly full-priced sales under its belt yet. However, having close to a billion dollars of sales within the first three days has to be some kind of record, right? As of June 2020, Red Dead Redemption 2 has over 32 million sales.
7. Football Manager 2020
It’s not FIFA, but it’s still football. Just to be clear, it’s European football and not American football (or as they would say, “soccer.”). Football Manager has a staggering 53 countries a player could play as. With a Metascore of over 80%, millions of players, and thousands of daily players, it’s no wonder a football game that takes a backseat to FIFA can still push millions of copies. It’s definitely for those who want to take the management side of football rather than solely focusing on the players.
These titles might not be the hot first-person shooter or battle royale everyone is talking about, but they were successful in their own rights, and that’s all that matters.
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