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That's it, the year 2023 has just ended and it has been eventful as far as the video game industry is concerned. If we remember that it was the year of the announcement and the first trailer of GTA VI, it was also synonymous with big releases such as Baldur's Gate 3 elected GOTY at the Game Awards.
Faced with the ever-increasing cultural and financial impact of video games, the site BonusInsider decided to create a map of the world showing which title was most searched for on Google in 2023, and here are the results.
The most popular games in the world in 2023
Going through Google Trends, it was determined which game is supposed to be most popular released in 2023. Thus, we will quickly notice that the sequel to The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild that is Tears of the Kingdom is the game that been the most sought after in the world. This is ultimately not surprising given the extent to which the first title revolutionized the very notion of an open world, with innovative mechanics which have since become a basis for the industry.
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Compared to EA Sports FC 24, Resident Evil 4, Baldur's Gate 3 and Diablo IV, the Nintendo title wins 72% of searches in France!A huge figure which must also be explained because of the crafting aspect of this Zelda, which allows you to create a lot of machines, but which require a lot of resources. We know to what extent this type of game is synonymous with a great search for tutorials and tips among players.
Surprisingly, Resident Evil 4 comes second even though this one is a remake, thus proving the great popularity of this opus released on GameCube in 2005. We will notice that it is particularly popular in the countries of South America as well as India. Perhaps its arrival in native play on iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Maxalso played in this research competition ?
Precisely, we thought we would rather see in this second place the last EA Sports FC 24, FIFA having always been extremely popular due to world. It is precisely this sudden name change that makes us say, rather than searching for “EA Sports FC 24”, the majority of regulars of the license have probably searched on Google “FIFA 24”, which may have skewed the results.
In fourth position comes Baldur's Gate 3, the Game of the Year of 2023. If the title from the Dungeons and Dragons license is relatively little known to the general public, it made a strong impression at the Game Awards where it won the prize for the best game of the year, as well as 5 other awards in the same evening! Thus, it succeeded in attracting the attention of Internet users, particularly in China where it won 44% of searches among the 5 games studied here.< /p>
Finally, Diablo IV comes in fifth in Google Trends searches for games released in 2023. Blizzard's game was the particular subject of Google searches in Hungary, with 28% of searches ahead of The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom .
Why is this study (really) very incomplete ?
If this study tells us which 2023 games were the most searched for in 2023, we is immediately surprising to note the absence of the great game called Hogwarts Legacy Hogwarts Legacy, yet the best-selling game in the United States this year, ahead of even Call of Duty and a game from Rockstar, who have been leading sales for over 15 years.
Furthermore, if Google Trends tells us more about the behavior of players on its search engine, it would have been a good omen to take other parameters into account , in order to truly know what was the most popular game of the year. Aside from sales figures, we know that players now tend to look for other sources of information about games such as YouTube or TikTok. Still, it is interesting to see to what extent affinities with certain people can be different depending on the country.
- According to data collected on Google Trends, here are the 5 games released in 2023 which were the most searched for last year on the famous search engine.< /li>
- The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, Resident Evil 4, EA Sport FC 24, Baldur's Gate 3 and Diablo IV were the most searched games of 2023 on Google.
- It would have been interesting to compare these results with those of YouTube and TikTok, new sources of information for players.
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