The indie game Phasmophobia has achieved a new milestone and is now outselling the likes of Baldur’s Gate 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 on Steam.
The recent rise of Fall Guys and Among Us shows how much attention people are willingly giving independent games right now. And just a month after its release, another indie game is taking hold of the gaming industry: Phasmophobia.
Phasmophobia, the top-selling game on Steam right now
In their weekly Steam sales report, ResetEra user AshenOne reveals that Phasmophobia is currently the top-selling game on their platform. Not only that, the independent co-op horror game has sat on the top for around two weeks now.
This means that Phasmophobia has dethroned the sensational social deduction game, Among Us, as Steam’s top seller. Furthermore, it is currently outselling the recently launched Baldur’s Gate 3 and even pre-orders for Cyberpunk 2077.
Earlier this month, the game broke into the top five most-played games on Steam. Around 85,000 were reportedly playing the game simultaneously. But now, it has reached even better heights.
A notable feat
As far as indie games go, you won’t find a game more independent than Phasmophobia. In fact, only a single person developed the co-op game. While many wouldn’t consider its achievement to be anything of worth, the fact that is outselling many big-name games developed by prominent studios is definitely not something to scoff at.
This is certainly an interesting time for gamers all over the world. With the pandemic rendering people stuck in their homes, this has led many gamers to give indie games a chance.
And it is also refreshing to see games like Phasmophobia and Among Us, both developed by small teams, taking a big swing at major studios.
Kinetic Games, the developer behind the psychological horror game, has received immense support from its rapidly growing fan-base. Many are keen to see what the developer can do to further expand and transform its hit project now that the game has really kicked off.
What makes it so popular?
It’s definitely hard to say. While the graphics aren’t really anything revolutionary, the fear factor is definitely something to hang onto. Taking a page from Amnesia’s book, the game has an abundance of jump scares. But the fact people can play and get scared with their friends makes the thrill worthwhile.
Many might consider the game as a mix of Ghost Busters, Five Nights At Freddy’s, and Amnesia. While it’s not entirely original as far as paranormal investigative games go, it being a co-op game has made it quite the stand out in its particular niche.
Furthermore, the game becoming so popular with YouTubers like Jacksepticeye, and Pewdiepie, and streamers such as Pokimane and Shroud has propelled Phasmophobia to further heights.
Featured image courtesy of Kinetic Games