Steam Blog - andrewl
Returning to our monthly series, we are happy to announce The Top Releases of January 2021.

As with previous months, this list showcases the Top 20 games released in January, measured by the revenue they generated during the first two weeks after release. As always, we highlight the top 5 free-to-play games as well, measured by the total unique players they acquired after release.

Happy Year of the Ox!

Steam just wrapped up our annual Lunar New Year sale last week, and we hope that players all over the world are having an amazing New Year holiday with family and friends. If you've taken some time off for the holiday and need some inspiration for what to play next, January's Top Releases tell the story of what other players are enjoying. Roguelike fans discovered several unique and repayable experiences this month, including Skul & Home Behind 2, while players looking for the next automation & simulation hit got their new year's wish with Dyson Sphere Program. It was no surprise to see Tale of Immortal and Heroes of the Three Kingdoms 8 performing well in China, as both offer heavy doses of Chinese history and mythology, To cap it all off, Sega unveiled the PC debuts of not one but three fully remastered entries from their legendary Yakuza series, which are sure to keep fans busy and nostalgic.

Unprecedented Early Accessing

One of the most evident themes with January's Top Releases is the huge number of games entering Early Access - 12 for the month. The feature has come a long way in the eight years since it debuted on Steam, with developers embracing the model and shaping it into the healthy and effective tool that is tied to so many awesome games today. Just as exciting is the fact that the success of these products in January demonstrates just how comfortable and excited players are to experience games using Early Access. Between sources on Steam including user reviews, the new Steam News hub, and community hubs, players have never had more information to help them choose which Early Access launches are the right fit for them. And with 12 debuts in January, some players may even be choosing more than one!

Eight Releases from Teams New to Steam

Meanwhile, we continue to see new development teams landing a spot at the top of our charts. This month eight games are coming from teams releasing their first-ever Steam product. To Adglobe, Live Wire, Nussygame, SCP: Escape Together development team, SouthPAW Games, TeaForTwo, TPP Studio, Typhoon, and 鬼谷工作室, welcome and congrats on your success.


The full list of games is available on this handy sale page - The Top Releases of January 2021

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

Dota 2 - Valve
- Fixed the interaction of Earthshaker's Aghanim's Shard and a few other hero spells that blocked pathing (notably Nature's Prophet's Sprout). Earthshaker cannot walk through other blockers when he has a Shard, he can only walk through Fissure blockers.
18 févr.
Portal 2 - Valve
An update has been released for Portal 2.

  - Implemented a Vulkan render backend (currently accessible through the -vulkan command line parameter).
  - Improved compile time for Perpetual Training Initiative puzzles.
  - Improved advanced video settings descriptions.
  - Made the game Hi-DPI aware.
  - Smarter default video settings.
  - Improved resolution of player avatars throughout the game.
  - Players can now be invited to play co-op on controller.
  - Button text contrast and padding has been improved when using a controller.
  - Implemented a 360° Spin action.
  - The portalgun is now correctly affected by dynamic lights (projected textures) in the scene.
  - Improved client-side prediction for coop play.
  - Added the ability for workshop levels to pack particles into their map with a particles/map_manifest.txt
  - Misc. rendering optimizations.
  - Added an icon to the game on Linux.
  - Removed the "Trading Coming Soon" button.
Bug Fixes:
  - Fixed a crash on startup that could happen on Linux.
  - Fixed a crash that could occur in some community test chambers using BEEMod on Linux.
  - Fixed the credits being corrupted on Linux.
  - Fixed the intro videos for acts 2 and 3 not playing on Linux.
  - Fixed the game starting in the top left corner of the screen on Linux.
  - Fixed a crash in the PeTI if you placed a light strip above a laser catcher on the floor and linked it to a fizzler.
  - Fixed the fizzler not playing the retract animation when turned off in new PeTI maps.
  - Fixed being able to copy 'uncopyable' items in the PeTI leading to invalid/broken levels.
  - Fixed some items in PeTI not maintaining their portalability state when expanding the chamber boundaries.
  - Fixed a crash if PeTI avatars could not be retrieved.
  - Fixed Cave Johnson's lines not progressing when playing queued workshop levels.
  - Fixed a memory leak that could occur when changing levels.
  - Fixed a bug where you could no longer ping/taunt via mouse/keyboard if you have ever used a controller.
  - Fixed the ping menu being visible when quick pinging on controller.
  - Fixed the game instructor not respecting input types for respective players in split-screen mode.
  - Fixed rumble not being respected for respective players in split-screen mode.
  - Fixed the wrong avatar being used if playing coop after playing a workshop level.
  - Fixed the OnFiredPortal2 output not firing.
  - Fixed some text being duplicated on the screen multiple times.
Left 4 Dead 2 - Valve
An update has been released for Left 4 Dead 2.

- Quick Match option for all modes allows players to prefer "Official Servers Only" or "Any Servers"
- Added localized UI and subtitles for Vietnamese
- Increased string commands per second limit to fix some false disconnects
- Prevent manually initiating some talker responses that trigger longer conversations
- Fixed color correction for some maps where it was missing or incorrect
- Fixed melee animation while carrying a fireworks crate
- Fixed M60 not using the correct walk calm animation
- MP5 changed to the slightly better rifle reload animation
- SG552 changed to use assault rifle animations and military sniper zoom animations
- Fixed incorrect sound cue for player infected when a survivor dies
- Changed some mob onslaughts to classic panic events in the L4D mutation
- Boomer bile slows tanks in Tank Run mutation
- Several Rocket Dude mutation fixes and performance improvements
- New survivor alert response rules for intense combat situations
- Scripting:
• Fire the "KilledZombie" response concept when killing a Witch.
• New "EntityOutputs" class containing functions to manipulate entity output connections.
○ GetNumElements, GetOutputTable, HasOutput, HasAction, AddOutput, RemoveOutput
• Expanded response rules testbed.
Client Update - Valve
A new Steam client has been released and will be automatically downloaded.

  • Fix a bug causing P2P networking to not work for some games

  • Fix steam:// URLs not being opened by Steam on startup
  • Fixed steam:// URL events not being sent to currently running Steam client if sent from a different Steam instance

Steam China
  • Fixed settings dialog prompting to restart after applying when settings have not changed

Steam Input
  • Added support for the PowerA Xbox One Series X Wired Controller

  • Fix bug in event sharing in Steam China.

Remote Play
  • Fixed performance regression when decoding video on Windows
Steam Blog - seapunkcaptain
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Client Update - Valve
A new Steam client has been released and will be automatically downloaded.

Note: This update has been re-released on Feburary 8th with the following changes:
  • Remote Play: Fixed video driver related crash when starting streaming
  • Steam Input: Fixed input for Google Stadia controllers with original firmware

  • Steam Library
    • Fixed game installation sometimes failing with “Invalid install path”
    • Games provided at a gaming café are now displayed in a custom collection for that site.

    Remote Play
    • Greatly improved capture performance for DX12 titles like Cyberpunk 2077
    • Peer-to-peer direct connections are enabled by default. You can adjust this in the Steam Remote Play Settings.

    Game Properties
    • Added Build ID to the Updates page
    • Fixed a bug on Linux where compatibility tool selection wasn’t displaying correctly

    Steam Input
    • Added a setting for extended Xbox controller support. The option can be enabled in the General Controller Setting section of your Steam settings and requires a driver installation and restarting your computer.
      Extended Xbox features include:
      • Support for more than 4 Xbox controllers
      • The ability to bind the Xbox Elite controller paddles in controller configurations
      • The ability to bind the Xbox Series X controller share button in controller configurations
      • Support for trigger rumble in games using Windows.Gaming.Input API
    • Improved CPU usage of Steam Input, especially when a controller is connected but idle.
    • Added a new Hotbar menu mode for Joystick, Dpad, and ABXY button diamond sources. Pressing down on the bound input will toggle menu visibility, left and right will scroll through the items and hitting up will fire the selected option. Note: this feature requires the Big Picture Overlay.
    • Added Touch menu mode support for Gyro, DPad, and ABXY button diamonds sources. Note: this feature requires the Big Picture Overlay.
    • Added an option to controller calibration screen for enabling auto-calibration of the gyro in the background during normal use. This is only recommended when manual gyro calibration is insufficient.
    • Added support for PS5 controller player slot LED
    • Added a drop down in the personalization menu for the PS5 controller player slot LED allowing the player to disable it, enable it only when multiple controllers are connected, or to enable it at all times. This setting defaults to enable the LED only when multiple controller are connected.
    • Reordered buttons inside the controller calibration screen to reduce the chance of accidentally changing the joystick deadzones. Also added a cancel button to discard current changes.
    • Fixed Big Picture Mode getting launched when turning off a controller by holding the guide button while the Steam window is focused.
    • Fixed non-gamepad HID devices such as flight sticks, racing wheels, or keyboards with analog axes being filtered out when Generic Gamepad Configuration Support is enabled in the controller settings
    • Fixed an issue where a gamepad button binding could be left on until the next button press if the player pressed a button, alt-tabbed away from the game, then released the button.
    • Fixed localization of Steam Input API actions being displayed in Touch/Radial menus.
    • Fixed for rumble and LED effects when using PS4 controllers over Bluetooth on Windows 7
    • Fixed intermittent client crash on Windows when a Switch controller is disconnected
    • Fixed a crash at startup using third party GameCube controller adapters
    • Fixed a crash when some combinations of controllers are plugged in on macOS
Dota 2 - Valve
- Fixed Psychic Headband destroying Homing Missile
- Fixed Flaming Lasso doing more damage than intended
- Fixed Level 25 Nature's Prophet talent not giving enough health
- Fixed Stone Remnant duration being higher than intended
Steam Blog - andrewl

With the year reaching an end, we're announcing the final Top Release list of 2020. As a reminder, we look at all games released during the month of December and gather the Top 20 based on revenue generated during the first two weeks after release. Because some games provide a free option for players, we also list the top 5 games with a free-to-play model, ranked by total unique players they acquired.

December is often marked by the excitement of the year-end Steam Winter Sale, with 2020 being no exception. But amidst the huge volume of discounts and exciting developer events, plenty of new releases still made noteworthy and successful debuts. On top of being one the most anticipated releases of the year, Cyberpunk 2077 quickly became one of Steam's most played games ever. Players were also excited to jump into the latest online offering from Rockstar's Red Dead series, along with getting their hands on the long awaited combat flight-sim, Project Wingman. Other successes include the debut RPG from acclaimed artist, OMOCAT, along with the Early Access graduations of Ratropolis, Founders' Fortune, and Monster Sanctuary.

While these games are all exciting in their own right, December's list also exemplifies the overwhelming variety that we saw throughout 2020. It's seen in everything from the stories, themes, and mechanics of the games themselves, to the number ways they can be played and the many options they support. This continued variety doesn't just come from thin air - it's the result of developers meeting the demands of a community of millions and millions of players, each with unique tastes. With the Steam player base reaching all time highs in 2020, we're thrilled to see that variety continue in the coming year.

We'd also like to congratulate the 12 development teams who made December's list with their first ever Steam release. Congrats and welcome to Cassel Games, Dionic, HES Games, Humble North, Moi Rai Games,, Out of the Blue, Proletariat, Inc., Romero Games, Sector D2, Tlön Industries, and Uncasual Games.


December's Top Releases

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

Empire of Sin
Romero Games (Ireland)

Project Wingman
Sector D2 (Australia)

Cassel Games (Republic of Korea)

Red Dead Online
Rockstar Games (USA)

Worms Rumble
Team17 (UK)

Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate
Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd. (Japan)

Creeper World 4
Knuckle Cracker (USA)

The Game Bakers (France)

Per Aspera
Tlön Industries (Argentina)

Phoenix Point: Year One Edition
Snapshot Games Inc. (Bulgaria)

Shadow Empire
VR Designs (France)

DRAGON QUEST® XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age™ - Definitive Edition
Square Enix (Japan)

Call of the Sea
Out of the Blue (Spain)

Monster Sanctuary
Moi Rai Games (Germany)

Cyberpunk 2077

Medal of Honor™: Above and Beyond
Respawn Entertainment (USA)

Ancient Cities
Uncasual Games (Spain)

Founders' Fortune
Dionic (Germany)

Futa Fix Dick Dine and Dash
Cyberframe Studios (USA)



December's Top Free Releases

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

Proletariat, Inc. (USA)

Leaf Blower Revolution - Idle Game
Humble North (Germany)

Soccer Manager 2021
Soccer Manager Ltd (UK)

Slapshot: Rebound
Oddshot Games (Belgium)

HES Games (Turkey)


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

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:

  • Added pl_pier to the list of maps for Casual matchmaking
  • Updated pl_pier
    • Added additional exits to forward spawns
    • Added windows to RED final spawn
    • Added small platform to the first beach
    • Improved general clipping
    • Players can no longer build on the tables in RED spawn

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