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What’s Everyone Been Playing? – July 2016

With July on its way out we take another look at what everyone has been playing during these final few days and doing half-assed analysis of the steam stats. As usual, we’re only looking at the Steam stats because they give easy access to the numbers.

The Top 5 is largely unchanged this month, the top games having only shifted around a bit. ARK: Survival Evolved is now sitting in third place due to its free weekend happening right now. In spite of some issues with the new Team Fortress 2 competitive mode, it’s still going strong at 4th place and the recent Humble 2k Bundle might have something to do with Civilization V‘s appropriately 5th place.

Starbound is out of early access and interest shows, it occupying a comfortable 9th place, while Fallout 4‘s DLCs seem to maintain it at 10th place 9 months after its release. Rainbow Six: Siege‘s new season release pushed it to 13th place at about 30k concurrent players, asymmetric horror slasher game Dead By Deadlight is also doing well in 20th place. The real surprise this month has been Evolve‘s unexpected shift to Free To Play. Along with some welcome additions and gameplay overhauls, it quickly rose from several hundred players at any given time to tens of thousands over the past month. We’ll see what the future holds for it.

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It’s noteworthy that even though Battleborn has been released as part of the latest Humble Bundle for the price of 15 dollars it still hasn’t made Steam’s top 100. It’s a shame and maybe indicative of how much everyone underestimated Overwatch‘s potential for success. The rest of the top is largely unchanged. The Summer Drought is well underway and nothing much is coming out, but August might show some shifts with the release of No Man’s Sky and Deus Ex Mankind Divided.

Anyway, what are your thoughts about these numbers? What have you been playing this month? Tell us in the comments and we’ll see you next month.

Paul is mainly a PC Gamer with an affinity for interesting or unique gameplay styles or mechanics. He prefers a good story and engaging gameplay over polygons, and frame rates. He's also going to make a game one day, just you watch. Just as soon as he gets some time. Any day now.


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