It’s hard to believe, but a year ago to date, Sony officially released the PlayStation 5 (well, in the US; globally it came out on November 19th). Despite serious supply problems, an estimated 13 million players have been able to get their fingers in one. And they’ve used these coveted next-generation consoles to play – drum beats – a whole lot Fortnite.
Onto The PlayStation Blog this morning, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO 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 most vibrant digital social spaces on the planet, took first place. But there are some other surprises. Here is the full list:
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- FIFA 21
- NBA 2K21
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Fate 2
- MLB The Show 21
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Demons’ souls
- NBA 2K22
Some caveats: The ranking is based on accumulated hours played across the player base, not on the total number of players. (According to Ryan, PS5 players clocked accumulated 4.6 billion hours.) Data is also counted from November 12, 2020 to September 30, 2021, which excludes some major releases in late September or early October from reaching down. Of course games like Kena: The Bridge of the Spirits or Deathloop would probably not rank; both are largely single-player and not designed to require hundreds of hours of attention from now until the end of days. But it’s not hard to imagine a collaborative zombie shooting game Back 4 Blood– October’s second best-selling game, per NPD data-on here.
I will confess some surprise at the absence of the PS5 exclusive here. Of the top ten, only three first-party games (Demons’ souls, MLB the Show 21, and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales) broke the rows. Two were available at launch. And only from the full list Demons’ souls is only available on PS5. In the past year, Sony has released two amazing PS5 exclusives: Return and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Yes, both are standalone, but I personally did not expect so many people to shout for a PS5 just to use it to play games they can play elsewhere.
Do you know, though, what is not a surprise? The involvement of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, an open-world game that never ends. Fun facts: My current saved file is responsible for, oh, 4.5 billion of those 4.6 billion total hours.
Correction, at 11:00 AM ET: An earlier version of this article neglected to mention it MLB The Show 21 is and Sony first-party games. Kotaku sorry for the error.
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