Lethal Company climbing through the ranks and becoming the top-selling game on Steam has to be one of the most inspiring underdog stories coming out of the industry in recent times, especially considering just how stacked 2023 was with anticipated AAA titles.
These included the latest instalment in the Call of Duty franchise, Modern Warfare 3, which was released earlier this month, but even with the hype surrounding its launch, it got beaten by an indie co-op horror title that literally just costs $10. To make matters even more interesting, Lethal Company is still in its early access phase and is still awaiting a complete release, and if it is proving to be this formidable now, it is bound to be unstoppable in its final form.
Lethal Company Is Now the Best-Selling Game on Steam
For those unfamiliar with Lethal Company, which is to be expected due to it being an indie title with barely any major coverage, it is a co-op game developed and published by just one individual developer, which makes its recent success even more impressive. It combines the sci-fi and horror genres with space exploration as players are sent to different moons to collect scraps and sell them to a shady organization called the “Company.”
The twist in Lethal Company‘s premise is that the aforementioned moons have the potential to actually be haunted and quite dangerous to tread on.
Lethal Company‘s well-deserved top-selling status on Steam is amazing proof that the video game industry can, at times, surprise everybody in the best way possible, with most similar underdog success stories taking place on PC’s popular platform rather than consoles. It does not happen too often, but when it does, like it did with titles like this year’s BattleBit Remastered or 2020’s Phasmophobia, it is just a spectacular breath of fresh air.
Lethal Company beating every other game on the list, including Call of Duty, Counter-Strike 2, and even the Game of the Year nominee Baldur’s Gate 3, is an outstanding feat no matter how one looks at it.
Solo developer and publisher Zeekerss officially launched the early access of Lethal Company on Steam last month on October 23, and currently, it is enjoying its well-earned spot in second place on the platform’s global top sellers chart. Moreover, the game is not a huge success in terms of just its total sales because the majority of the players who have tried it out are absolutely loving the experience.
Not Even Modern Warfare 3 Is Safe From the Lethal Company
To put Lethal Company‘s applaudable feat into more perspective, aside from the titles already mentioned above, it is placed higher than PUBG, Cyberpunk 2077, and Forza Horizon 5 on Steam’s global top sellers chart. That means more people are opting to go for a $10 indie title with untapped potential still in its early access instead of paying $70 for a major AAA release since the charts are put together considering the total revenue generated by each product.
The only obstacle standing between Lethal Company and first place is the Steam Deck, which, let’s face it, does not seem to be going lower anytime soon.
Looking at the extremely positive reviews for the game on Steam, there seem to be various reasons why so many players are absolutely loving Lethal Company. One such review called the game “A surprise drop that is genuinely a masterpiece” due to its ability to “create many of the greatest cut off scream clips and best comedic timing.” Furthermore, the player stated that they “would rather buy” Lethal Company “5 times more instead of MW3.”
For those wondering for how long Lethal Company plans to stay in its early access phase, developer and publisher Zeekerss says that it is scheduled to be finished “within 6 months,” but of course, it will not completely be released until he is “satisfied with it.” He also said that it all “depends on players’ reactions to” Lethal Company, and considering how more than enough people seem to be enjoying it, it seems to be doing just fine.
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