CHARTS: Starfield pre-orders hit No.3 on Steam

CHARTS: Starfield pre-orders hit No.3 on Steam

Pre-orders for the upcoming and eagerly-anticipated Starfield were the third-biggest-selling item on Steam last week. 

The ambition sci-fi RPG shot up the charts from seventh place to No.3 week-on-week. This is the first new Bethesda IP in 25 years and it's fair to say that there's a lot of hype surrounding the game. Starfield is set to launch on September 6th. 

For the third week in a row, Baldur's Gate 3 was the biggest-selling game on Steam.

The title launched in Early Access back in 2020 but came out in 1.0 form at the start of August. Since it has attracted a record of 875,343 concurrent players on Steam and has received overall critical acclaim. Second place once again goes to Valve's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Chinese-only title MahjongSoul has shot up the charts from 52nd place all the way to fourth. This is the first time the game has appeared in the Top Ten since May of this year.

Apex Legends two spots to the No.5 spot, charting ahead of Call of Duty, which rose two positions to sixth. PUBG: Battlegrounds fell from fourth to seventh, coming in ahead of pre-orders for the eagerly-anticipated mech action title Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon. That title is set to release on August 24th.

Valve's Steam Deck hardware has fallen three places to the No.9 spot, while Digital Extremes-published Wayfinder from developer Airship Syndicate makes its debut in the charts in tenth place.

Here is the Steam Top Ten for the week ending August 22nd:

1. Baldur's Gate 3, Larian Studios
2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valve
3. Starfield, Bethesda (P)
4. MahjongSoul, Catfood Studio
5. Apex Legends, EA
6. Call of Duty, Activision
7. PUBG: Battlegrounds, Krafton
8. Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon, Bandai Namco
9. Steam Deck, Valve
10. Wayfinder, Airship Syndicate

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