The top most popular titles came out six years ago

The top most popular titles came out six years ago
The top most popular titles came out six years ago

According to a recent study, we spend more time playing titles that were published six or more years ago. A large amount of the game time between 2022 and 2023 was spent with installments that came out in 2017 or earlier, with leading the list of “old” video games that the community has spent the longest time on.

Only during 2023, People spent 61% of their gaming hours on an installment that was published more than five years ago. If I must be honest, I myself spent much of my year finishing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wildpreparing for the launch of Tears of the Kingdom.

During 2021, 2022 and 2023, approximately 21% of game time was spent on “recent” titles (less than three years after being published), according to Newzoo statistics.

“Older games are increasingly gaining more share of playing time compared to titles between three and five years old.” [de ser publicados]which fell in play time in 2021 and 2022. The drop in play time in 2022 can be attributed to Fortnite’s shift to a 6+ year old game, but not in 2023, a solid year for new installment releases, with an increase in the percentage of playing time of new games up to 23%.

Newzoo is not just any company; is about one of the most popular companies in market intelligence matters and statistical analysis of the video game industry. Among its specialties are market trend reports, audience analysis or income forecasts. Which is why its information is quite valid among the international media.

According to what was shared by the company in the Gaming Report on PC and Consoles 2024this trend in the gamer community’s playing time “shows how difficult it has become to create a video game that keeps players hooked for a long time“.

Newzoo also adds that the top five of the titles of more than six years of release, and that capture up to 27% of total global game timeare: Fortnite, Roblox, League of Legends, Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto V. Likewise, video game franchises that have annual publications (as it was before Assassin’s Creed) keep 15% of the playing time.

In this sense, sports deliveries remain in the lead, with the exception of Call of Duty that stays longer than EAFC (before FIFA), NBA2K, madden and The Show. The strong presence of these installments also complicates the process for new titles to make their way.

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In fact, new developments competed for only 8% of playing time during 2023. The top five 2023 deliveries that led their branch were Diablo IV, Hogwarts Legacy, Baldur’s Gate III, Elden Ring and starfield. The statistic is even more scandalous when you compare how many new titles competed for that 8% of play time during 2023. According to Newzoo information, 48 video games competed for 7.2% of total play time in 2023 and more than 1,400 deliveries alone by 0.8%.

The only thing that is clear from all this is that in recent years it has been really complicated for video game developers, as they compete for playing time in a market that is already taken. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why companies like PlayStation began to bet on multiplayer titles, such as helldivers 2 or Naughty Dog’s failure to deliver The Last of Us Online.

Companies in the independent industry, such as Devolver Digital, have had a bad time during 2023. This is revealed by their financial report published in April 2024, which is that It has been difficult to get the attention of players to acquire their titles. We must not forget that we are talking about one of the publishers of indies most recognized in the environment.

Be that as it may, the outlook is not simple and it is increasingly difficult to capture the player’s attention, especially when they feel comfortable playing games published six years ago or more.

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