2017 was a tremendous year for new games released, although you’d hardly know when checking out Valve’s list of the highest grossing games on Steam in 2017. Just four of the 12 highest grossing games of 2017 actually launched last year, with the remaining eight demonstrating impeccably long legs.
The real success stories are the games released in 2015. A stellar year for games, four of these games are still in the top 12 in terms of revenue more than two years after they launched. A formidable feat and, in the case of Rainbow Six: Siege, the revenue continues to trend upwards. It all tallies up nicely with our recent Up For Debate, where you voted hugely in favour of 2015 being the best year ever for gaming.
PC gaming has long been the place where communities tend to stick around and keep playing the best games, rather than chasing after something shiny and new. This means eight of the most popular games on Steam weren’t even released last year. A particular standout here has to be The Witcher 3. Not only is it coming up to three years old, but it’s also the only entirely single-player game on this list. It’s absolute madness to not own this game yet, but nevertheless, enjoy yourself if you’re just getting started.
Here’s the list in full of the 12 games which generated the highest revenue on Steam in 2017. In no particular order:
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
- Rainbow Six: Siege
- Divinity: Original Sin II
- Rocket League
- DOTA 2
- Ghost Recon Wildlands
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- ARK: Survival Evolved
- Grand Theft Auto V
While these games bask in glory, a moment please for the titles that didn’t make the cut. The likes of Nier Automata, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Shadow of War, COD: WWII, For Honor, Resident Evil, Prey and Total War: Warhammer II all earned less than H1Z1 and Rocket League on PC.
Compare this list to the list of bestselling console games and there's an absolutely huge difference. Console gaming was dominated by COD: WWII, Destiny 2, and a variety of sports games, all of which released in 2017 (bar GTA V).
Surprised by any of the bestsellers? Any game you think has significantly underperformed? Let everyone know below!