Implementing gameplay that will not become obsolete for a long time is a difficult task, given the constant technical race of developers and game designers. The game developers from today’s collection have succeeded. Let’s talk about the best-selling projects over the past 10 years.
Minecraft is the best-selling game not only in the last 10 years, but in the history of the industry in general. Microsoft recently announced that its circulation exceeded 238 million copies . It is launched monthly by 140 million users.
According to the Redmond giant, Minecraft is bought in all countries and regions of the world. Including the Vatican and Antarctica!
Minecraft was invented by Swedish programmer Markus Persson. He crossed elements of survivors and constructors. The result is a virtual sandbox with a randomly generated world and no specific goal. The universe consists of cubes, and you are free to either dive headlong into construction in “creative” mode, or stubbornly extract resources in “survival mode”.
In 2014, Persson sold his studio Mojang and the Minecraft rights to Microsoft for $ 2.5 billion. Fans perceived this ambiguously, because initially the game was considered the flagship of independent development, and the community forged thousands of free modifications for it.
However, Microsoft was sensitive to the expensive acquisition, continued to hold the Minecon fan event and turned the game into a franchise. So, the adventure game Minecraft: Story Mode from Telltale and the isometric action / RPG Minecraft Dungeons saw the light. As for Minecraft Earth, the augmented reality version of the constructor, it didn’t take off. Mojang and Microsoft dropped their support in June this year.
Persson went into the shadows for a long time after the deal with Microsoft. The billionaire is often criticized for bizarre political statements on Twitter and attacks on minorities. The Redmond Corporation removed almost all references to him from Minecraft and did not invite Persson to the game’s 10th anniversary.
GTA 5 is the pride and curse of Rockstar Games. In the 8 years since its release, Rockstar has released only Red Dead Redemption 2 and is rumored to have canceled the spy stealth action game Agent. All her efforts are thrown into the support of the fifth GTA and, more recently, on the collection of remasters of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition.
In the summer of 2021, the gangster shooter crossed the 150 million mark . Now the game is selling even better than at launch, because it has not yet appeared worthy competitors.
GTA 5 offers an open world with an impressive degree of elaboration. And most importantly, there is an addictive plot and well-written, tenacious dialogues. There is no falsehood in any of the three main characters.
The brainchild of Rockstar continues its triumphant march across the planet. A graphically enhanced version will land on PS5 and Xbox Series in March 2022. The GTA Online mode (multiplayer with cooperative and competitive fun), the developers will distribute separately. On PS5, you won’t have to pay for it in the first 3 months.
What about GTA 6? There is no doubt that Rockstar has been busy with her for a long time. One of the intriguing rumors is this: supposedly in the sixth part, we will be allowed to fly from North America to South America. However, the reality is bitter: firstly, the game is far from the premiere, and secondly, Rockstar said goodbye to the main writer of the series, Dan Hauser.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG: Battlegrounds)
PC, PS4, Xbox One
In PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the Korean company Bluehole / Krafton adapted ideas from the films “Battle Royale” (2000) and “Hunger Games” (2012). Although the “battle royale” genre has been introduced to the industry before: remember H1Z1 – it was PUBG that popularized it.
The “battle royale” rules are simple: a hundred daredevils land on the map. Depending on the rules, they work alone or in squads. After landing, the fighters look for weapons. Next, you need to track down and carefully destroy opponents or engage in open firefights, if the skill allows. The map is spacious, but the safe zone is constantly narrowing, plus the aggressive actions of gamers are pushing the dumping of supplies from the sky.
The rounds in battle royale are short, which explains their relevance. Special knowledge and skills are not required from beginners.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG: Battlegrounds)
PUBG attracted the audience by being the first of its kind (H1Z1 was not a success). Later, battle royals were fired thanks to the promoted brand (Call of Duty: Warzone), shareware distribution model (Fortnite, Apex Legends) or humor (Cuisine Royale).
The last time the developers shared their stats on PUBG was in July 2020. At that time, the circulation of the shooter was 70 million copies . And this despite the technical difficulties plaguing the project from early access on Steam!
The “father” of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is Irish game designer Brendan Green, aka PlayerUnknown. Prior to PUBG, Green rose to fame as the author of the DayZ: Battle Royale mod. Brendan is no longer working with Krafton. His studio PlayerUnknown Productions is making an unannounced “experimental” game.
Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Wii U, Switch
Mario Kart 8 is both the most requested game on both Wii U and Switch. For the first console, it was bought 8.45 million times (despite the fact that the circulation of Wii U is 13.56 million devices), for the second – 37.08 million . In total, we have 45.53 million. On Switch, the arcade race left behind The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Pokémon Sword and Shield, and Super Mario Odyssey.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
The excitement never disappears from races in Mario Kart 8. The inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom rush on tiny maps along bizarre tracks (on ice, through sand, in space …), pick up bonuses and use them to slow down opponents. You can make it difficult for the enemy to view, throw a banana under the wheels, set a piranha plant on it. Allowed to ride on ceilings and walls.