Top Releases of July 2022
Returning to our monthly release series, we’re happy to announce Steam’s Top Releases for July. As always, we look at every release for the month, highlighting the Top 20 games and Top 5 DLC releases based on the 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.
Players connect to Steam from nearly every time zone and country imaginable, so it’s no surprise that Top Releases also come from development studios around the world. This developer diversity was on full display in July, as teams based in 13 different countries earned spots on the Top Release list. Studios from Japan produced more than a quarter of the games this month, with KOEI TECMO and Bandai Namco Entertainment releasing a pair of Top Releases each. Combining a rich game development history with some of the industry’s most recognizable franchises, Japanese studios regularly make Top Release appearances. But we were also thrilled this month to see developers from less-populated regions debuting a Top Release for the first time in 2022. With releases from Gummy Cat (Romania) and Ernestas Norvaišas (Lithuania), developers from 32 different countries have now created a Top Release on Steam in 2022.
July’s Top Releases also include an abundance of simulation games. Between farming and colony sims to city building and management games, about half of the titles this month include one of the various sub-tags from the simulation genre. City builder fans need only decide which era they want to bring to life, with choices ranging from the prehistoric Sapiens, to the medieval Clanfolk, all the way up to the industrial Sweet Transit. July’s life-sims offer players relaxing yet fantastic slices of day-to-day life, whether tending your giant wombats in the wild Australian outback of Dinkum or helping Hank the Bear run his business in Bear and Breakfast – did we mention both of these games also feature the cute tag. Along with all of these, PowerWash Simulator really splashed its way on the charts in July. Sprayers–err, we mean, players– are really soaking up the relaxation with Futurlab’s zen-like hit.
As with previous months, we’d also like to congratulate the teams that are releasing their first Steam game. Some of these teams have been making games for a while on other platforms, while others are making their very first commercial game. A big welcome and congrats go out to these development teams on their successful Steam debuts.
If you’d like to check out previous months, here are more Top Release lists: