Another month has passed and Valve have just now put up a post going over some of the big new releases on Steam for August.
Their top twenty list goes over what games earned the most in the first two weeks following the release. It doesn't matter if it's a "full" release or Early Access as it all counts when talking about revenue. Then they also take a look at the top five free titles by their peak concurrent player count following release.
Interestingly, while there's plenty of developers struggling to get noticed, Steam is also seeing brand new developers releasing for the first time doing well. Of the twenty below, seven developers were new to Steam.
Here's the top twenty ordered by Linux support first in bold and then by release date:
- Dicey Dungeons - Linux supported.
- Ion Fury - Linux supported.
- We Need To Go Deeper - Linux supported.
- UnderMine - Linux supported.
- Monster Sanctuary - Linux supported.
- Hide or Die - Steam Play: No reports.
- Age of Wonders: Planetfall - Steam Play: Silver.
- Cliff Empire - Steam Play: Platinum.
- Metal Wolf Chaos XD - Steam Play: Bronze.
- Shortest Trip to Earth - Steam Play: Platinum.
- Age of Empires: Definitive Edition - Steam Play: Broken.
- RAD - Steam Play: Not enough reports.
- Remnant: From the Ashes - Steam Play: Silver.
- ONINAKI - Steam Play: Platinum.
- Telling Lies - Steam Play: Broken.
- Hunt: Showdown - Steam Play: Broken.
- Pagan Online - Steam Play: Silver.
- The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan - Steam Play: Gold.
- Blair Witch - Steam Play: Not enough reports (looks broken).
- Re:Legend - Steam Play: Not enough reports.
From August we have five that have official Linux support, with at least another three that should hopefully be click and play when used with Steam Play. For comparison April had three, May had two, June had one, July had six and we're here for August with five. So that's the second best month of new releases for Linux.
As for the top five free releases, this is where I never expect to see Linux. A lot of the free to play releases are online games, from developers focused on profiting as much as they can from micro transactions. Due to this, a thought is rarely given to Linux as they try to maximise that. Here they are:
- Steel Circus - Steam Play: Silver.
- Steambirds Alliance - Steam Play: Platinum.
- Hobs - Steam Play: Not enough reports.
- UNDEFEATED - Steam Play: Platinum.
- Rise of Legions - Steam Play: Not enough reports.
Now we come to the end of what Valve did, so let's do our usual bit by looking over games by the current player count in Steam's top lists. It changes a lot based on new releases, what's suddenly popular again and so on but it's still fun to just have a glance at.
For the top ten right now there's three that support Linux (Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 - all Valve games) and for the top one hundred there's forty one.