We're back with another round of popular monthly releases. With this list, we'll be looking at the Top 20 products released in August, measured by revenue generated during the first two weeks following each game's release. We'll also be looking at the Top 5 free titles from August, measured by peak concurrent player count following release.
Global representation continues to be a huge theme this month when looking at where the top products are coming from. We were pretty excited seeing 13 countries represented in our last top release list, so it's great to see that number already surpassed with 15 different countries this month (check each game for details).
It's also inspiring to see that new developers are continuing to find success on the platform. With August's list, we're welcoming 12 development teams who are bringing products to Steam for the fist time (Hide or Die, Ion Fury, Shortest Trip to Earth, We Need to go Deeper, UnderMine, Monster Sanctuary, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, Re:Legend, Steel Circus, Hobs, Undefeated and Rise of Legions).
We thought it would be interesting this month to learn more about the teams bringing a product to Steam for the first time. Many developers come into the industry in different ways, so we caught up with some of these teams to hear a bit about their diverse backgrounds. Here's what we learned:
Shortest Trip to Earth - Interactive Fate The original team members met at The University of Tartu in Estonia. Edvin & Toomas were teaching a commercial game design course, while lead artist, Taavi, was one of their students.
Monster Sanctuary - Moi Rai Games What started as a solo project for Denis, lead programmer, artist, composer, and designer, ended up becoming a family affair when his brother Anton joined to help finish the game down the stretch.
Rise of Legions - Broken Games The team studied computer science together, learning to code in Delphi. It's not historically thought of as a game language, but Rise of Legions is now one of the world's most-used Delphi applications.
Hide or Die - VecFour Digital A successful Kickstarter campaign allowed the small development team to quit their day jobs and focus on building Hide or Die full-time.
UnderMine - Thorium Working together for a combined 30 years in the game industry, Clint and Derek spent countless lunch breaks talking about their favorite game mechanics and design elements.
UNDEFEATED - Undefeated Games Created by three students of the Vantan Game Academy in Osaka, Japan. When development began, Yuma and Daigo were beginning their second year of study, with Fuko only in her first year.
Ion Fury - Voidpoint LLC Most of the team came from modding backgrounds with extensive amounts of time spent creating Build Engine content. Ion Fury represents their first full commercial collaboration together.
August's Top Releases
Here is the list of August's top new releases ordered by release date (we've added this list to a handy store page too):
https://store.steampowered.com/app/656350/ UnderMine - Thorium (Canada) Just arrived into Early Access - Adventure deep into the roguelike adventure of UnderMine and discover powerful relics, deadly enemies, hidden secrets, and a few friends to help along the way.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/987720/ ONINAKI - Tokyo RPG Factory (Japan) A fast-paced action-RPG adventure with deep character customization, powerful in-game cut scenes and a visual system drawn to convey the drastic contrast between the ‘Living World’ and the ‘Beyond’.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/992640/ Pagan Online - Mad Head Games (Serbia) Coming out of Early Access - Pagan Online is a fast-paced hack-and-slash action RPG that will challenge your skill in brutal and satisfying combat against countless enemies and larger than life bosses.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/823950/ Re:Legend - Magnus Games Studio (Malaysia) Just arrived into Early Access - Adventure with friends in a beautiful world of wonder and fantastic creatures. Build, craft, farm, fish, raise and breed amazing pet companions!
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1114860/ Hobs - Teneke Kafalar Studios (Turkey) Just arrived into Early Access - A unique combination of deckbuilding and tabletop turn-based strategy with endless customization options and new heroes to explore.