Steam Blog - andrewl

We're continuing our Top Release series with a look at games released in October. As with past months, this list highlights the top 20 products measured by revenue generated during the first two weeks after release. We’re also highlighting the top 5 free-to-play products, measured by their unique player counts following release.

Terrifying Top Releases
October culminated with Steam's annual Halloween sale, so it's no surprise that the Top Releases of the month include a number of horror games that really resonated with players. In Silence provides a unique twist on the survival-horror multiplayer experience, while Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope and Amnesia: Rebirth take players on fresh new narratives that are sure to deliver plenty of chills. Not every player has the fortitude to jump straight into a horror game, so thankfully October saw a wide variety of other genres and themes to go for. From the immersive and epic RPG experiences in Baldur's Gate 3 and The Outer Worlds to the action-packed multiplayer hits of STAR WARS™: Squadrons & FIFA 21, October's list features plenty of choices for every type of player.   

Developer Highlights
We're also excited to see new teams finding success on Steam. With October's list, we are welcoming 12 development teams who are bringing a product to Steam for the very first time. Congrats and welcome to (DOMO Studio, Echtra Inc., Jagex, LiLith Games,, MOTIVE, Nolla Games, Ravenhood Games, Redstone Interactive, Tactical Adventures, Tuxedo Labs & YC Games).

These teams come together in a variety of ways, so for this month's list, we caught up with some of them to hear a bit about their unique stories:

Teardown - Tuxedo Labs

As the name might imply, Tuxedo Labs began as a technology experiment with Dennis Gustafsson designing a system to create fully destructible voxel worlds. As the experiment progressed, Dennis realized that smashing environments made of voxels could make for a pretty compelling game. After bringing along a team of industry veterans that he'd met through the years, the sandbox heist was brought to life. 

Solasta: Crown of the Magister - Tactical Adventures

After 20 years in the gaming industry, both working at Ubisoft and co-founding Amplitude Studios, Mathieu Girard formed Tactical Adventures to turn his lifelong passion for tabletop RPGs into a game. Not only does the team at Tactical Adventures come from all corners of the video game industry, most have plenty of experience with tabletop RPGs as well. So naturally, each week the team shares in some epic tabletop campaigns.

Beyond the Wire - Redstone Interactive

What began as a small exploratory side project within Offworld Industries, slowly grew into a brand new team: Redstone Interactive. Formed by veterans of Squad and Post Scriptum along with passionate members of their respective modding communities, Redstone is now completely dedicated to the Early Access development of their debut true-to-life WWI FPS, Beyond the Wire. Time will tell what mods the Redstone community creates, possibly cultivating the next generation of this development legacy.

Noita - Nolla Games

While working on a pixel-physics prototype in a coworking space in Helsinki, Finland, lead designer Petri Perho recruited fellow developers Arvi and Olli to form Nolla Games and create their innovative and highly successful debut: Noita. All three members of the Nolla Games team got their starts on Steam with completely separate games that many fans will immediately recognize.


October's Top Releases

Here's the list of October's top releases ordered by release date (we've organized this list on a handy sale page too):

STAR WARS™: Squadrons
MOTIVE (Canada)

Baldur's Gate 3
Larian Studios (Belgium)

Electronic Arts (USA)

The Survivalists
Team17 Digital Ltd (UK)

Second Extinction™
Systemic Reaction™ (Sweden)

Torchlight III
Echtra Inc. (USA)

The Jackbox Party Pack 7
Jackbox Games, Inc. (USA)

RuneScape ®
Jagex (UK)

Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition
Tantalus Media & Forgotten Empires (Australia & USA)

Nolla Games (Finland)

Crown Trick
NExT Studios (China)

In Silence
Ravenhood Games (Turkey)

Amnesia: Rebirth
Frictional Games (Sweden)

Solasta: Crown of the Magister
Tactical Adventures (France)

Beyond The Wire
Redstone Interactive (Canada)

The Outer Worlds
Obsidian Entertainment (USA)

One More Level, 3D Realms & Slipgate Ironworks™ (Poland & Denmark)

Xuan-Yuan Sword VII
SOFTSTAR & DOMO Studio (Taiwan)

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope
Supermassive Games (UK)

Tuxedo Labs (Sweden)


October's Top Free Releases

And here are the Top 5 free-to-play titles from September, ranked by total unique player count:

RuneScape ®
Jagex (UK)

Eternal Return: Black Survival
Nimble Neuron (Republic of Korea)

Action Taimanin
LiLith Games (China)

Lion Games Co., Ltd. (Republic of Korea)

Blood of Steel
YC Games (China)


If you're curious about previous months, here are more Top Release lists:

Left 4 Dead 2 - Valve
An update has been released for Left 4 Dead 2.

- Honorary achievement for Gnome Chompski's upcoming journey into space on Rocket Lab's "Return To Sender" mission.
Steam Blog - Erik.P

Lace up those gloves and pick up some skull-crackin' deals on the best fighting games on Steam, on now until November 16th at 10am Pacific! From 2D and 3D Fighters to Party Brawlers and Beat ‘em ups, the Fighting Game Sale comes in like a spinning piledriver with discounts on games like:

Street Fighter V
Mortal Kombat 11
Injustice 2
Streets of Rage 4
Castle Crashers
Slap City
BlazBlue Centralfiction

...and so much more!

So what are you waiting for, Fighting Game Fans? Dropkick on in here:
Dreadlands - Valve
Dreadlands is Now Available on Steam and is 20% off!*

Welcome to Dreadlands! A perilous landscape brimming with potential in the form of Glow. Command one of 3 unique factions in this turn-based tactical RPG and play through their campaigns, be it solo or Co-Op, or battle it out in PvP. So far no one has tamed the Dreadlands. Will you be the first?

*Offer ends November 16 at 10AM Pacific Time
Team Fortress 2 - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Mannpower update
    • Dominant players are now marked for death only when carrying a powerup
    • Shield charge meter passive refill rate reduced. Reduction is greater when carrying a powerup
    • Items or actions that add to the shield charge meter now add less when carrying a powerup
    • Carried buildings now deploy faster than default, but not instant
    • Decapitating swords no longer get the base melee damage boost other melee weapons get in Mannpower
    • Strength powerup no longer multiplies critical damage
    • Medic
      • Powered up medics with unpowered up targets get a less reduced heal rate (50% -> 75% of default rate)
      • Reduced ubercharge gain on Ubersaw hit in Mannpower. 40% of regular rate if not powered up, 20% of regular rate if powered up
Left 4 Dead 2 - Valve
An update has been released for Left 4 Dead 2.

- Fixed a regression that caused map exploit fixes to appear in co-op modes again.
Left 4 Dead 2 - Valve
An update has been released for Left 4 Dead 2.

- Fixed The Last Stand's Village Scavenge map not having any weapons.
- Recompiled common infected materials to fix visual errors on Linux.
- Removed alarm glass from a non-alarm car.
- Fixed Special Infected being able to trigger the helicopter flyover when leaving the bumper car building on Dark Carnival Barns.
- c7m1 and c12m5: Fixed a few nav issues that caused tanks to get stuck.
- c1m1: Marked all areas outside of building on ground as not allowing any spawns.
- c11m5: Marked a few areas near the plane crash fire as no-threat to prevent tanks from spawning too close to the fire.
Client Update - Valve
A new Steam client has been released and will be automatically downloaded.

Steam Library
  • Fixed custom logo position and size not working on first game page load.

Steam Overlay
  • Fixed overlay performance issue with certain framerate/vsync combinations.

  • Fix bug causing some Windows laptops to fail to connect with certificate errors.

Team Fortress 2 - Valve
An update to Team Fortress 2 has been released. The update will be applied automatically when you restart Team Fortress 2. The major changes include:

  • Updated item schema with community fixes from Andrés S. (rabscootle)
  • Updated/Added some tournament medals
  • Updated the localization files
  • Updated pl_bloodwater
    • Fixed a Minify spell exploit at point A
    • Removed the Horseless Headless Horsemann from the map
    • Updated the underworld to give a rare spell when escaping

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