Advocate for Sega. Fan of the 90s.
Sega has been named publisher of the year by Metacritic, nabbing the top spot in its annual publisher rankings for 2020. Across the 38 titles they released last year they managed an average rating of 81.6%, meaning it was able to edge out rivals such as Capcom, Sony and Nintendo who managed to rank 3rd, 4th and 9th respectively. So it’s pretty much official, in 2020 the best games were made or published by Sega! As it should be.
The company have been celebrating their 60th anniversary with special events and releases throughout last year, so it is a nice way to cap off a stellar year. Amongst their top-rated releases last year are Persona 5 Royal (developed by Sega owned Atlus) and Yakuza: Like a Dragon by their in house Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. A healthy helping of highly acclaimed Yakuza titles releasing for the first time on Xbox One definitely helped them along the way.
Metacritic’s 11th Annual Game Publisher Ranking is determined by averaging out the review scores received by publishers across the titles released during the year and makes for some interesting reading. Sega aside, some of the well-known developers that missed out on a top ten spot include Bethesda who were 16th, Electronic Arts came in 21st and Bandai Namco landed the 38th spot.
As for the full top ten:
10. Devolver Digital
8. No More Robots
7. Aksys Games
6. Xbox Game Studios
5. Activision Blizzard
2. Annapurna Interactive
Well done Sega! You can check out where your favourite developer/publisher landed here.