Google has released their search trends of the year, meaning that the most popular games of the year — at least in terms of Google searches — have also been revealed. At the top of the tree isn’t a triple-A sequel but instead a pair of free-to-play multiplayer games that run in a browser.
Triple-A does poke it’s head in at various places through the list: Overwatch slips in at number 3, and after the surprising top results, much of the list is triple A, a series of continuations and sequels to big franchises. Five of the titles on the list are new franchises: Slither.io, Agar.io and Overwatch give us a trio of new franchises in the top spots, but controversial No Man’s Sky and Blade and Soul also appear.
The full list of games, ordered by their popularity on the monolithic search engine:
Dark Souls 3
Blade and Soul
No Man’s Sky
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare