The long-awaited spiritual follow-up to PlayStation-era Castlevania titles Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has flown to the top of the charts on Steam last week.
Koji Igarashi's metroidvania finally launched on June 19th, published by 505 Games, following a Kickstarter crowdfunding push that launched in May 2015 and raised $5.5m from almost 65,000 people - far higher than its $500,000 goal.
Though it has been repeatedly delayed, Bloodstained may be one of the few 'spiritual successor' titles that has actually hit the mark - similar projects have included Mega Man follow-up Might No.9, which was crucified on launch, while Playtonic's Rare-style platform Yooka Laylee disappointed many fans at release but is widely regarded as being a solid game now.
Second place went to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds - possibly due to the attention the new Lite version is getting due to it rolling out in India - ahead of Creative Assembly and Sega's Total War: Three Kingdoms.
The No.4 spot goes to Devolver Digital's latest synth and cool murder simulator My Friend Pedro, which garnered something of a cult following ahead of launch in part due to hilariously violent gifs on social media. Meanwhile, pre-orders for the eagerly-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 drop from the top spot to No.6 in their second week.
Here is the Steam Top Ten for the week ending Saturday, June 22nd:
1. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, 505 Games
2. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, PUBG Corp
3. Total War: Three Kingdoms, Sega
4. My Friend Pedro, Devolver Digital
5. Ark: Survival Evolved, Studio Wildcard
6. Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED (P)
7. Grand Theft AUto V, Rockstar
8. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege, Ubisoft
9. Mordhau, Triternion
10. Rust, Facepunch