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News video games 02 March 2023, 12:21

author: Adrian Werner

Game Rejected by Players Among Biggest January Launches on Steam

Among the biggest January launches on Steam was the heavily criticized Forspoken. The remake of Dead Space and a online game about the adventures of apes also did well.

Valve has published a list of the biggest launches of January 2023 on Steam. The criterion was the revenue generated within two weeks of the debut. Traditionally, specific sales results or even the correct order of titles on the list were not revealed. Therefore, we added estimates from the paid version of SteamSpy to the list. Unfortunately, they are sometimes wildly inaccurate, but it's better than nothing.

January's biggest game launches on Steam

January brought many successful launches. Dead Space turned out to be a near-perfect remake, fulfilling virtually all the hopes of fans. In turn Hi-Fi Rush was the biggest surprise of the month, as this excellent arcade game debuted on the same day it was announced at the Microsoft show. In addition, three older Ubisoft titles premiered on Steam: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Watch Dogs: Legion and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. These were not warmly received due to technical issues, but they sold well, especially considering that they had been available on other services for many years.

Also doing decently was Forspoken, although it is difficult to talk about success in the case of this title. The game received poor reviews, and its PC version left a lot to be desired, which turned off many gamers. The publisher Square Enix decided that the studio responsible for the title, Luminous Productions, will cease to exist as an independent team.

January was also a good month for independent developers. Such games as the Chinese RPG The Search for Eternal Life, platformer Pizza Tower or comedy online game Gorilla Tag became hits on Steam. The boxing game Undisputed also did very well. In addition, it is worth noting the good results of SimRail: The Railway Simulator.



Number of owners according to SteamSpy estimates:


The Search for Eternal Life

728 thousand.


Gorilla Tag

702 thousand.



467 thousand.


Dead Space

461 thousand.


Hi-Fi Rush

303 thousand.


Pizza Tower

171 thousand.



154 thousand.


Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

94 thousand.


Watch Dogs: Legion

85 thousand.


Persona 3 Portable

70 thousand.


Tom Clancy's The Division 2

67 thousand.


Sailing Era

67 thousand.


Surviving the Abyss

56 thousand.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - The Definitive Edition

41 thousand.


SimRail: The Railway Simulator



SpongeBob Kanciastoporty: The Cosmic Shake

35 thousand.



31 thousand (free-to-play game)



23 thousand.


The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II - RIMSON SiN

11 thousand.

January's biggest DLC launches on Steam

SteamSpy does not provide data for DLCs, so the order is random. Overall, it was a fairly modest month for expansions. Of the larger releases, only Rain World: Downpour is worth mentioning. The game was quite a surprise, as it was the first DLC for this title - it was released almost 6 years after the game's release.

  1. Rain World: Downpour
  2. KOF XV Fighter Pass
  3. Brawlhalla - Battle Pass Season 7
  4. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries - Rise of Rasalhague
  5. Hunt: Showdown - La Luz Mala

January's biggest F2P launches (by concurrent player count)

Valve also released an additional list, including the most popular F2P game launches in June. In this case, the number of users playing simultaneously was taken as the criterion.

The biggest free-to-play January launch on Steam by far was the Japanese action game Warlander.



Current activity record according to SteamDB



23 428


KartRider: Drift



Volzerk : Monsters and Lands Unknown



Flash Party



Monster Girl 2


We have sorted the above list according to a game's overall activity record (obtained from SteamDB's estimates), and not just the one achieved last month, as this gives a better idea of the level of success a particular production has achieved on Steam.

Adrian Werner

Adrian Werner

A true veteran of the Gamepressure newsroom, writing continuously since 2009 and still not having enough. He caught the gaming bug thanks to playing on his friend's ZX Spectrum. Then he switched to his own Commodore 64, and after a short adventure with 16-bit consoles, he forever entrusted his heart to PC games. A fan of niche productions, especially adventure games, RPGs and games of the immersive sim genre, as well as a mod enthusiast. Apart from games, he devourers stories in every form - books, series, movies, and comics.