This month we'll be looking at the final top release list of the 2010s. These are the top products released in December 2019, as measured by revenue generated during the first two weeks after their launch. We also included the top 5 most popular free-to-play releases, measured by total unique player count for the two weeks following release.
With each month's top release list, we enjoy highlighting metadata about developers. For example, this month we have products coming from developers in 13 different countries (check below for specific countries). Beyond the fun that comes with checking the map for our favorite games, this helps illustrate the diversity of content makers who are bringing products to Steam. These developers have their own regional insights and experiences that allow them to incorporate unique themes, cultural elements and gaming mechanics to give an amazing amount of choice to Steam players.
The studios represented each month tell a worthwhile story, but what about the games themselves - elements like game mechanics, themes, visual styles and genres. With these factors often represented in the form of user tags, we can actually look at the top three tags applied to the games on this month's list to get an idea of what elements they share, along with elements that stand alone.
The first thing we noticed this month is that only a handful of tags are applied to many games on the list: Action (9 games), Adventure (9), RPG (7), Indie (6) and Casual (6). The high frequency of these tags makes sense, as they represent broad groupings that are fairly generic and appear the most often on Steam. These tags provide useful high level groupings, but they aren't terribly good at illustrating specifics. When we look at the rest of the top three tags applied to each game, the frequency is drastically reduced, with 23 unique tags only appearing on a single game. Examples include: Great Soundtrack, Dragons, Co-op, Rhythm, Souls-like, Physics, Detective, Vampire and more. Unlike the highest-frequency tags, these are more likely to give specific insights about what makes each game unique. With millions of players on Steam coming from every imaginable region and background, the volume of unique tags echoes the huge variety of preferences that exist throughout the community. These tags also validate the creativity and perception of developers, who are able to find success each month by combining familiar shared themes with unique one-off elements.
If you enjoy the story that tags reveal and want to explore them in even greater detail, we recommend a visit to our Steam Labs. Experiments 004 & 005 both leverage tags to help narrow down the catalog in creative new ways. If you haven't tried yet, give it a shot and let us know what you think!
December's Top Releases
Here is the list of December's top releases ordered by release date (we've organized this list on a sale page too):
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Half-Life: Alyx is set before the events of Half-Life 2 and the episodes, but the games share characters and story elements. The Half-Life: Alyx team believes that the best way to enjoy the new game is to play through the old ones, especially Half-Life 2 and the episodes, so we want to make that as easy as possible.
A new Steam client has been released and will be automatically downloaded.
Fixed the overlay not working correctly or crashing some DXGI/DX12 games in upcoming Windows Insider builds.
Support a LAN event using DNS injection on lancache.steamcontent.com to set up a local explicit caching proxy for downloads.
Fixed "Open the screenshot uploader after closing a game if screenshots were taken" setting not being honored in some cases
Added sort by Steam Review to shelves and app grids.
Added Library What’s New settings dialog which makes it easier to find and manage per-game news priorities
Added a setting to show only product updates in Library What’s New
Added Windows drive letter to the "Size on Disk" label shown on installed game portraits.
Played/Unplayed filters no longer include/exclude games that were installed but never actually played
Improved performance of library artwork precacher
Improved library filtering for Korean game titles when typing in Hangul.
Fixed an issue where removing the last non-Steam game from a collection would cause it to spontaneously reappear at a later time.
Fixed non-Steam games with the "Include in VR Library" checkbox checked not appearing in dynamic collections with VR hardware support selected
Fixed hidden achievements sometimes still appearing as hidden in the activity feed even after being achieved
Fixed an issue that would sometimes cause the wrong audio to play from a multi-disc soundtrack when playing an individual track
Fixed games that have updates set to "Only update this game when I launch it" not showing in blue in the game list when an update is required
Fixed the "View Additional Artwork" button not working correctly for some soundtracks.
Fixed some partner event summaries not rendering properly in the activity feed and What's New section
Added [h2] and [h3] rendering for partner events and announcements
Fixed a case where changes to game collections were not reflected in Big Picture Mode.
Fixed cursor scale on different resolution displays
Added client-side screen magnifier for the toggle magnification controller binding
Remote Play Together
The host can see all controllers connected in the Remote Play Together session.
The host can drag and drop any player's controller to change its slot. This helps some games where the first identified controller or the first slot is locked to the primary game character and the group only brought a single controller. This also help cases where a player leaves the session with their controller and the host needs to take over input in the abandoned slot.
Added error message when trying to join a game that is unavailable due to country or Family View restrictions.
Only execute steam-runtime-system-info when needed for diagnostics.
Initiate steam-runtime-system-info only when needed.
Fixed a crash while preparing the hardware survey
Fixed Steam Library on some NFS mounts
Fixed a crash caused by certain types of P2P connection failures
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