January isn't typically a huge month for blockbuster releases, which always opens the door for indies and smaller publishers to shine. But this month, developers from Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and China made up the bulk of Steam's top 20 games in January.
Valve published their monthly list of games early Wednesday morning, revealing the most successful paid and free games on the platform over the course of January. There were some obvious inclusions, like the Pokemon-esque MMO Temtem, and bigger budget games like Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. But all in all, games from Japanese, Korean, Chinese or other Asian developers made up 13 of the top 20 games.
One Aussie game, Warhammer Underworlds: Online, made the top 20, while there were only two games from developers based in the US, Europe and the UK (The Pedestrian and Not For Broadcast). A good chunk of the games don't have English localisation yet either, showcasing how much Steam has grown as a truly global platform.
Here's the full top 20 paid games for Steam in January:
- 部落与弯刀 / Sands of Salzaar, 汉家松鼠 Han-Squirrel Studio (China)
- 港詭實錄 / Paranormal HK, Ghostpie Studio (China)
- SUPER ROBOT WARS X, B.B.STUDIO CO.,LTD. (Japan)
- GemCraft - Frostborn Wrath, Game in a Bottle (Hungary)
- Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX, KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. (Japan)
- Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky DX, KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. (Japan)
- Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea DX, KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. (Japan)
- some some convenience store 썸썸 편의점, TALESSHOP Co., Ltd. (Republic of Korea)
- DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT, CyberConnect2 Co. Ltd. (Japan)
- ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS XIV, KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. (Japan)
- DEEEER Simulator: Your Average Everyday Deer Game, NASPAPA GAMES (Japan)
- Temtem, Crema (Spain)
- Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception, AQUAPLUS (Japan)
- The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, Skydance Interactive (US)
- Commandos 2 - HD Remaster, Yippee! Entertainment (UK) Pyro Studios (Spain)
- Warhammer Underworlds: Online, Steel Sky Productions (Australia)
- Coffee Talk, Toge Productions (Indonesia)
- The Pedestrian, Skookum Arts (US)
- Astellia, Studio 8 (Republic of Korea)
- Not For Broadcast, NotGames (UK)
It's great to see such a diverse range of games in the top 20. Having small indies like Warhammer Underworlds Online and the Commandos 2 remaster is awesome too. Hopefully it signals to other publishers the success you can have with a remaster - not everything needs to be a FF7R-sized reimagining. And Games Workshop themed-games doing well is always a good sign. Maybe someone can combine the two, with, oh I don't know, a remaster of the Dawn of War games? Or DoW 1 on iPad, even?
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