The most talked-about games of 2019 might not be what you're expecting - Dexerto

The most talked-about games of 2019 might not be what you’re expecting

Published: 8/Jan/2020 2:37

by Brad Norton


While certain titles drew enormous viewership on streaming platforms such as Twitch and Mixer throughout 2019, a number of surprising games took Twitter by storm over the past 12 months and stood out as the most talked-about games.

Twitter has unveiled an assortment of statistics surrounding the video game industry in 2019. From the most talked-about esports organizations on the platform to the specific events that captivated global audiences, there’s a number of unique elements to take away from the information.

However, arguably the most surprising outcome is the ten most widely discussed video games. While some familiar names to the Western market certainly made an impact, others may come as a complete shock.

Epic Games - FortniteFortnite has remained one of the most talked-about games around the world since its release in 2017.

The single most prominent game on Twitter throughout the previous calendar year was Fate/Grand Order. A free to play mobile game released in Eastern markets throughout 2015, the turn-based RPG has only grown in popularity since its release, grossing a total of over $3 billion as of March 2019.

With such a widespread player base, the title is one of the most popular mobile games around the world and has even spawned manga, stage play, and feature film adaptations. The franchise overall left an indelible mark on Twitter throughout 2019 and was the most talked-about gaming property of the year.

Similarly, four other mobile titles made their way onto the top ten list, signifying the global impact of the handheld gaming market today. From the survival horror game Identity V, to the role-playing puzzle franchise Monster Strike, the most impactful mobile titles on Twitter cover a diverse array of genres.

Square EnixThe Final Fantasy franchise also featured prominently on the top ten list as we draw near to the March 2020 release of a Final Fantasy VII remake.

While mobile games comprised half of the ten most popular titles on Twitter in 2019, Battle Royale shooters were close behind with two marquee appearances on the list. Fortnite continued to soar on social media coming in at the second spot.

Meanwhile, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds concluded the year as the eighth-most talked-about gaming property of the year.

The best selling game of all time in Minecraft, continues to leave an impression on social media despite being nearly a decade out from its initial release. Securing the ninth place on Twitter in 2019, the staying power of the creative juggernaut is more prominent than ever before.

The full list of the most talked-about games throughout 2019 is as follows:

  1. Fate/Grand Order
  2. Fortnite
  3. Final Fantasy
  4. Identity V
  5. Granblue Fantasy
  6. Ensemble Stars
  7. Monster Strike
  8. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  9. Minecraft
  10. Super Smash Bros.
TwitterThe most talked-about games on Twitter in 2019 range from mobile RPG’s to console fighters.

While specific titles were the focal point of one major aspect in the 2019 breakdown, the most talked-about gaming personalities of the year provided another eye-opening overview

From Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins to Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop, a number of the top content creators also happened to engage with numerous games inside the top ten.

Apex Legends

Apex Legends players want “throwback weekends” with old versions of maps

Published: 5/Dec/2020 22:33

by Julian Young


After getting to experience a previous version of World’s Edge in the Winter Express LTM, Apex Legends players want Respawn to introduce “throwback” releases of the game’s maps for them to enjoy.

With Apex Legends’ Holo-Day Bash event in full swing, players have gotten a chance to experience the fan-favorite Winter Express limited-time mode once again, which is set on an older version of World’s Edge.

That version of the map is no longer available in the rotation, of course, but after getting another taste of it in the LTM, the Apex community is asking the developers for more.

“Respawn should give us ‘Throwback Weekends,’ a weekend where a previous iteration of a map is in rotation all weekend long,” Reddit user u/NizzyDeniro suggested.”

Respawn should give us "Throwback Weekends". A Weekend where a Previous Iteration of a Map is in rotation all Weekend long. from apexlegends

Basically, the fan is asking the devs to create a new rotation available on weekends, called “Throwback Weekends,” each one featuring a version of Kings Canyon or World Edge from previous seasons.

Since its launch in February of 2019, both maps have undergone various flurries of changes over the past two years, with numerous popular landing spots and points of interest being revamped, or in some cases, completely removed.

The original Capital City on World’s Edge and Skull Town on Kings Canyon are just examples of iconic locations that players want to enjoy again but can’t because they’re not in the maps’ current iterations. Some players even suggested bringing back content from the original Apex Legends release, with one user saying “Can I get a season 0 Kings Canyon please.”

Apex Legends Kings Canyon Skull Town
Respawn Entertainment
Players want Respawn to bring back old versions of the game’s maps, like Season 0 King’s Canyon.

The post has been well-received, amassing almost 20,000 upvotes as well as hundreds of replies expressing support of the idea. While some expressed doubts on whether this is feasible due to issues of file size and other considerations, the community seems to be overwhelmingly on-board with the suggestion.

One user pointed out that bringing back old maps could help the player base, saying “I think it will bring lots of people online too. Can you imagine Season 3 Cap City now with the new legends?”

The idea could also benefit newer players: “I just started playing the middle of last season. I would love to go back and get to play some of the old maps,” a user said in reply to the concept.

Unfortunately, no one from Respawn has commented or replied to this request yet, despite its growing popularity, so there’s no indication this is in the devs’ plans for now.