Sony gains massive success as God of War tops PC Steam chart
God of War on PC is currently on the top of the pyramid for Sony, peaking at Steam’s Top Sellers chart with 73,529 players, according to SteamDB figures.
On Monday morning UK time, over 32,000 players were recorded going on adventures alongside Kratos. The game is also sitting at a 97% positive rating from 9,095 user reviews on the platform.
Prior to the success of God of War, Sony had their biggest hit with Horizon Zero Dawn, which had over 56,000 concurrent players with an 84% positive rating based on 51,266 reviews during its launch two years ago. It is now sitting at number 11 on the chart.
Right behind it is Days Gone with an even higher of 91% from 19,821 user reviews but lower concurrent players, only at 27,450 peaks.
Among the three, users find God of War the most optimized, with little to no problems. Some highlighted issues include the lack of a field-of-view slider, exclusive fullscreen supports, and dedicated AA support. NME’s Jake Tucker also praised the game’s storytelling aspects. One prominent issue is the bizarre Intel 12th Gen CPU bug that disrupts the game from starting when the onboard GPU is turned on, and that’s all.
Many praise Jetpack Interactive and Santa Monica Studio for the efforts done on the port. It was especially uplifting for PC fans after numerous disappointing console-to-pc adaptations such as Ninja Gaiden, Shin Megami Tensei 3 Nocturne, and the Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
The game also now supports Xbox controllers on top of other gamepads via its PC version, which is something a senior manager at Sony Santa Monica developer thrilled about. The prompts can also be inverted to Xbox controller inputs.
“Awesome… You can definitely use any of the third-party controllers. We tried to add as many options as possible because why limit people who want to play the game?” said senior manager of technical production Matt DeWald.
Plans of future releases
God of War director Cory Barlog revealed during an interview with GameInformer that the decision to port games to PC was made after a “collective” of studios convinced Sony.
“I think it reached that tipping point. When we had sent so many suggestion box suggestions that they were like, “I’m tired of hearing all this. Fine, we’ll do this,” said Barlog.
With the success of the game, Sony is more excited about launching their next PlayStation release that will come to PC, Uncharted: Leagy of Thieves Collection – which will include both Uncharted 4 and Uncharted Lost Legacy.
Meanwhile, Barlog is still unsure whether the next God of War game, titled Ragnarok, will arrive on PC any time soon. For now, the studio would like to take “one game at a time” to the PC ports, although Sony CEO Jim Ryan teased more PlayStation games would be released on PC in early 2021.
If the Nvidia GeForce leak is correct, then fans will see Horizon Forbidden West for PC on September 30, 2022, should there be no further changes or delays.
To help future releases of its PC titles, Sony created a separate ‘PlayStation PC’ label.