CHARTS: Kojima's Death Stranding debuts at the top

CHARTS: Kojima's Death Stranding debuts at the top

Death Stranding from development icon Hideo Kojima has shot straight to the No.1 spot on Steam following its PC debut last week.

The title launched as a PlayStation 4 in November of last year, with publisher 505 Games bringing the title to PC. Death Stranding was meant to launch on June 2nd, but was delayed by COVID-19 coronavirus-related disruption until July 14th.

The eagerly-anticipated project pushed Valve's Index VR Kit into second place. There's high demand for the virtual reality hardware at the moment, with orders not shipping for over two months.

Death Stranding also appears in third place in the Steam Top Ten this week. We're not sure what that's about, but Ubisoft's 2018 shooter Far Cry 5 takes fourth place thanks to a sale event on Steam at the moment. The title is currently 85 per cent off.

Microsoft claims fifth and sixth places with Rare's Sea of Thieves and 343's Halo: The Master Chief Collection respectively. The latter has seen a surge of players after 2007's Halo 3 came to the sci-fi shooter compilation.

Coffee Stain's Satisfactory dropped from fifth to seventh place over the last week, while F1 2020 from Codemasters fell four positions to No.8. Hello Games' No Man's Sky returns to the Top Ten in ninth place following the rollout of the new horror-themed Desolation update last week. In the No.10 spot is roguelite platformer Neon Abyss from Veewo Games.

Here is the Steam Top Ten for the week ending July 18th:

1. Death Stranding, 505 Games
2. Valve Index VR Kit, Valve
3. Death Stranding, 505 Games
4. Far Cry 5, Ubisoft
5. Sea of Thieves, Microsoft
6. Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Microsoft
7. Satisfactory, Coffee Stain
8. F1 2020, Codemasters
9. No Man's Sky, Hello Games
10. Neon Abyss, Veewo Games

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