It’s hard to believe, but a year ago to the date, Sony officially released the PlayStation 5 (well, in the States; globally it came out on November 19 ).Despite serious supply issues, an estimated 13 million players have been able to get their hands on one.And they’ve used these coveted next-gen consoles to play—cue drum roll—a whole lot of Fortnite .
Advertisement Over on the PlayStation Blog this morning, Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Jim Ryan ran down the top 10 most-played PS5 games from the console’s first year.Fortnite , a free-to-play game and one of the buzziest digital social spaces on the planet, took the top spot.But there are some other surprises.Here’s the full list:
Fortnite Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War FIFA 21 NBA 2K21 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Destiny 2 MLB The Show 21 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Demon’s Souls NBA 2K22 Some caveats: The ranking is based on cumulative hours played across the playerbase, not on total number of players.
(According to Ryan, PS5 players clocked a cumulative 4.6 billion hours.) Data is also tallied from November 12, 2020, through September 30, 2021, precluding some big late-September or early-October releases from making the cut.Of course, games like Kena: Bridge of Spirits or Deathloop likely wouldn’t rank; both are largely single-player, and not designed to command hundreds of hours of attention from now ‘til the end of days.But it’s not hard to picture cooperative zombie shooter Back 4 Blood —the second best-selling game of October, per NPD Data —on here.
I’ll confess to some surprise at the absence of PS5 exclusives here.Of the top ten, just three first-party games ( Demon’s Souls , MLB the Show 21 , and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales ) cracked the ranks.
Two were available at launch.And of the full list, only Demon’s Souls is available exclusively on PS5.
In the past year, Sony’s released two stellar PS5 exclusives: Returnal and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart .Yes, both are one-offs, but I personally did not expect so many people to clamor for a PS5 only to use it to play games they can play anywhere else.
You know what’s not a surprise, though? The inclusion of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla , an open-world game that never freakin’ ends .Fun fact: My current save file is responsible for, oh, 4.5 billion of those 4.6 billion total hours.
Correction, 11:00 a.m.ET: An earlier version of this article neglected to mention that MLB The Show 21 is a Sony first-party game.
Kotaku regrets the error.
News DISCUSSION By michaelalwill Some caveats: The ranking is based on cumulative hours played across the playerbase, not on total number of players.(According to Ryan, PS5 players clocked a cumulative 4.6 billion hours.)
Which ultimately makes this data pretty worthless and inherently skewed.
Unique players would go a far way to adding insight, as would a differentiation between F2P and non-F2P games.
Otherwise your stats are ALWAYS going to skew towards F2P games that have PvP/Battle Royale -type mechanics.
If anything, Demon’s Souls and Miles Morales on this list speak to either (a) people being desperate for something single-player to play on PS5, (b) lots of people being interested in both titles, or (c) bundles being sold that required those games (though I don’t think that was true for Demon’s Souls).
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