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Metacritic has posted its official publisher rankings for 2018, detailing the most consistent and prolific games publishers in the world. In order to squeeze onto this list, a publisher had to publish 12 or more games within 2018, while a separate list handles publishers who released between 5-11.

And it seems Capcom is back with a bang. Not only was Monster Hunter World the bestselling Capcom game ever released; it was also Capcom's highest-scoring game of the year. Capcom published 14 different games in 2018, achieving an average Metascore of 79.3%, which ain’t bad going at all.

In the last two years, Capcom has dragged itself from the mire and re-established itself as one of the strongest publishers in gaming. Other titles include Mega Man X Legacy Collections, Street Fighter 30th Anniversary, Mega Man 11, Okami HD, and DMC HD. Things look even hotter in 2019 for Capcom as well. Resident Evil 2 Remake has arrived with a bang, Devil May Cry  5 is right around the corner, and I’m sure Capcom will announce Dino Crisis 4 any moment now, won’t you Capcom?

Overall, it was another great year for Japanese publishers. Sega pushed up to second spot thanks to Two Point Hospital and Sonic Mania Plus, while  Nintendo slipped a couple of spots but still managed fourth thanks to Smash Bros. EA is back after a year out having not released enough games to qualify as a large publisher in 2017.

Okay, so here’s how the rest of the list shakes out. Metacritic has used some odd algorithm to calculate the ranks but we’ve just adjusted a few positions to purely account for Metascore. Quality is surely always better than quantity when it comes to game releases.

Ranking of Major Game Publishers in 2018

 

Rank

Publisher

Average Score

Best Game

Best New IP

1

Capcom

79.3

Monster Hunter World

N/A

2

Sega

78.5

Sonic Mania Plus

Two Point Hospital

3

Electronic Arts

77.5

FIFA 19

A Way Out

4

Nintendo

76.4

Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Octopath Traveler

5

Ubisoft

73.7

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Transference

6

Sony

71.8

God of War

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission

7

Bandai Namco

71.8

Dragon Ball FighterZ

11-11: Memories Retold

8

Square Enix

71

Nier Automata - Become as Gods

Octahedron

9

Digerati Distribution

69.9

Omega Strike

Omega Strike

10

Focus Home Interactive

69.8

The Council

The Council

11

NIS America

69.5

Disgaea 1 Complete

The Longest Five Minutes

12

Plug In Digital

69.4

Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Deluxier Edition

Impulsion

13

THQ Nordic

64.4

Wreckfest 

Wreckfest

 

Ranking of Mid-Size Game Publishers in 2018

And here we have the best of the rest, the so-called 'Mid-Size' game publishers which includes the likes of Activision Blizzard, Take-Two and Microsoft. This list is comprised of publishers which have released more than four games and fewer than 12, which is why we see a trio of absolute giants dominate the ranks. Paradox Interactive puts up a damned good fight though and is arguably the highest-ranking genuinely mid-size game publisher.

Rank

Publisher

Average Score

1

Activision Blizzard

77.4

2

Take-Two Interactive

77

3

Microsoft

76.6

4

Paradox Interactive

75.2

5

Devolver Digital

75.2

6

505 Games

74.1

7

Team 17

73.8

8

Warner Bros

73.3

9

Aksys Games

72.7

10

Curve Digital

72.4

11

Bethesda Softworks

71.4

12

Zen Studios

71.4

13

Adult Swim

70.2

14

Koei Tecmo

69.9

15

Konami

69.5

16

Arc System Works

69.2

17

Flyhigh Works

68.6

18

Milestone

68.3

19

Headup Games

66.4

20

Microids

66.2

21

1C Entertainment

66.2

22

tinyBuild

66

23

Good Shepherd

65.4

24

Wales Interactive

62.8

25

Qubic Games

60.5

26

XSEED/Marvelous

60.1

27

Ratalaika Games

56.7

So, do you think this list of publishers have earned their reviews? Or do you think some different publishers should be occupying the top slots? Let us know below!