Top 10 Most Played Games This Year Are Mostly Old Favorites

Despite a fulfilling start to the year for the games industry, none of the top played games during 2022’s Q1 were released this year.

Today, NPD’s Executive Director and Video Game Industry Advisor Mat Piscatella shared stats from The NPD Group’s PlayerPulse. The list, which chronologically ranks the top 10 most played games during 2022’s Q1, sees games as old as 2009’s Minecraft and 2013’s Grand Theft Auto V still standing as player favorites.

Piscatella pointed out that half of the games that made the list were launched before the 2020s. Most notably, Elden Ringwhich we gave 10 and quickly became the best-selling game of the past yearranked 20th and fell short to older games like Rocket League and World of Warcraft.

Piscatella credited the game’s surprisingly low placement to the success of evergreen and live service games, calling them “gravity wells for player attention, time and spending.” Q1 is typically defined as the period from January to the end of March, so Elden Ring would also have only been released for one month.

Piscatella expanded on this thread by stating that more AAA games should seek the help of services like Game Pass and the new PlayStation Plus, saying he believes these plans can help “get games funded, released, and to help them break through the barriers of the big evergreen titles.”

Best Reviewed Games of 2022

While this list doesn’t feature any 2022 games, the year is still looking to be a great year for gaming, with plenty of releases already receiving excellent ratings from IGN and many more titles on their way.

Amelia Zollner is a freelance writer at IGN. Find them on Twitter: @ameliazollner.

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