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Top Releases of May 2022

With our latest Next Fest coming to end and our annual Steam Summer Sale ready to go live later this week, we have a perfect window to unveil Steam’s Top Releases for the month of May. As always, we look at every game released during the month, highlighting the Top 20 games and Top 5 DLC releases based on their first two weeks of revenue. We also highlight the top 5 free-to-play games, ranked by the number of unique players they acquired after launch.

The Top Releases of May 2022[]

Playing in the Sandbox

With about a third of May’s Top Releases incorporating sandbox elements or modes, it’s safe to say that many players appreciate the freedom to set their own pace with their own creative agendas. This comes as no surprise considering that the sandbox tag itself is named after the original place where many of us developed our own unique ways of playing. From digging with toy machinery, building sandcastles, or even eating handfuls of the earth, there was no wrong way to sandbox. That spirit is alive and well with this month’s selection of Top Release sandbox games. Whether lost in deep space, commanding the battlefields of history, or exploring brand-new fantasy locales, we’re thrilled to see the many different ways that players are enjoying these Top Releases. 

Five Years of Steam Direct

This month’s Top Release list also comes on the five year anniversary of Steam Direct making its debut on the platform. When launched in 2017, the primary goal for Steam Direct was pretty simple: streamline the game submission process making it easier for developers to get their creations into the hands of players. There are obviously more specifics to the design and its evolution, but the fun part comes when browsing the variety of success stories in each month’s latest Top Releases: polished franchise releases like Sniper Elite 5, Early Access surprise hits like V Rising, hidden gems from small development teams like SUNNY SIDE UP, along with a host of other content from studios around the world. 

New Devs

Finally, we’d like to congratulate the teams who are shipping a game on Steam for the first time. A huge amount of work goes into to making a Top Release, and these teams did it with their first launch on Steam. A big welcome and congrats go out to these successful Steam debuts.

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

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