Steam Announces Top 20 Releases Of June 2019

Surprising variety for this month, including a title that's sure to cause a ruckus in some circles.
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For any given week, more than a handful of titles release on Steam, PC’s biggest gaming platform. What’s probably most surprising is the diversity presented by some of these titles; within any given timeframe, you can expect the most popular new releases for the platform to represent a variety of styles, genres and themes. Additionally, some may only be popular in certain regions, or translate to a worldwide audience.

Welcome to the third iteration for Steam’s community endeavor: to find out the best releases on the platform for every month of the year. Last month, we got to take a look at 20 of the best sellers on the platform for May 2019. This late July, we now look at the top 20 by revenue earned for the month of June.

As with the previous iteration, the games on the list must be released between June 1 and 30 (early access titles have been allowed in) with the basis for its revenue being two weeks after its release date. All of this said, let’s take a look at the top 20 Steam releases for the month of June.

Top Steam releases for June 2019 (arranged in order of release date)

  • Trover Saves the Universe – Justin Roiland’s first mainline foray into video games is a 3D action platformer set in an over-the-top and highly bizarre universe, with a healthy sprinkling of humor to boot. Released on June 4.
  • Barotrauma – it’s FTL with a bit of Space Station 13, but in a submarine deep below an ocean of a frozen planet. It’s not that glum and horrifying with the multiplayer, though, and with the Early Access release expect some major content incoming in the future. Released on June 5.
  • Hell Let Loose – another Early Access title, this time a WWII FPS with enormous hundred-player battles, and a deep meta game consisting of a front line and resource management system – it’s sure to please strategic war freaks everywhere. Released on June 6.
  • Cooking Simulator – take care not to get a massive stroke with this horrifyingly challenging simulator game set innocuously inside a kitchen. It comes with a sandbox mode and a career mode, for the true masochists. Released on June 6.
  • Octopath Traveler – first released for the Nintendo Switch, this new JRPG from Square Enix puts 2D sprites within a 3D environment for a very unique turn-based experience. Released on June 7.
  • Koikatsu Party – only on Steam will you find an adult Hentai game atop the charts, which really proves how strong these titles do on the platform thanks to an avid fanbase. Avert your eyes if you’re under 18, or easily offended by this kind of content. Released on June 10.
  • SpaceEngine – another Early Access title, this time bringing its players in a science-based and highly photorealistic 3D planetarium of the entire known universe. It’s a perfect game if you’re looking for a trippy experience. Released on June 11.
  • They Are Billions – finally coming out of Early Access, this Steampunk strategy game mixes RTS with tower defense and roguelike elements to feature a challenging, yet extremely compelling game. Released on June 18.
  • Police Simulator: Patrol Duty – experience the ups and downs of being a police officer in a freely-accessible US city with this title made in Unreal Engine 4. Released on June 18.
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night – Koji Igarashi’s return to the genre that spawned the Metroidvania was a success, especially when you consider that it was borne from a Kickstarter campaign so long ago. It’s not exactly perfect, or a classic, but all things considered, it’s still pretty good. Released on June 18. (Check out my review of the game here.)
  • Amid Evil – retro FPS makes an amazing return with this title, from the producers of Dusk and the creators of Triad. It also has one of the coolest concepts for an FPS in recent memory. Released on June 20.
  • Steel Division 2 – finally out of Early Access, this historically-accurate strategy title set on the Eastern Front of WWII features a myriad of campaigns, real-time battles plus a very distinct deck-building system. Released on June 20.
  • My Friend Pedro – Devolver Digital’s bizarre trip involving a talking banana and a murderous and mentally unhinged psychopath is as crazy as it sounds. It’s also a remake of the very popular Flash game from a few years back. Released on June 20.
  • Muse Dash – a very intense rhythm game featuring 30 original songs with full Japanese voiceover. It also hides a very mean streak at higher difficulties, despite its colorful and cutesy appearance. Released on June 20.
  • Super Neptunia RPG – a returning JRPG title from the classic series, now presented in a refreshing 2D style. Released on June 20.
  • Ring of Elysium – finally out of Early Access, this free-to-play battle royale puts a very unique spin on the genre, complete with natural disasters, player abilities and lots and lots of grappling hooks. Released on June 24.
  • Hardcore Mecha – an intense 2D platformer with mechas. It also boasts some fairly challenging levels as well, for those looking for that true hardcore experience. Released on June 26.
  • F1 2019 – the official video game of F1 racing features all the teams, drivers and circuits from the 2018 and 2019 seasons. For the first time in the series, it also includes F2, with players able to compete in the 2018 season. Released on June 27.
  • Pro Cycling Manager 2019 – jump into the world of cycling and manage your own team of professional cyclists as you take on over 200 races around the world. Released on June 27.
  • 诅咒之地 NINE TRIALS – debuting on Early Access is this Chinese battle royale title. I’ve been privy to some good games from virtually unknown Chinese developers on Steam lately, and this one mixes in actual good melee combat for a refreshing take on the genre. However, be warned that the servers are a bit of a hit and miss, especially if you’re outside of Asia. Released on June 28.

Since the above titles were only measured by their revenue as to how popular they are, Steam has noted that the entire measure doesn’t fully capture the popularity you find in free-to-play titles. To fix this, Steam also presents a list of the top five free-to-play titles for the month of June based on peak player count within the first two weeks of release.

  • Dota Underlords
  • Ring of Elysium
  • Black Squad
  • Lords Mobile
  • Wasteland Survival

As an additional tidbit, Steam also looked back a year ago at June 2018 and found that the top five releases at the time were:

  • Vampyr
  • Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr
  • Jurassic World Evolution
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  • The Crew 2

So, what do you think? Do any of these games surprise you? What do you think will be July’s top-selling games? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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