FIFA 15, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor made their first appearance in Most Played this month, and overall gameplay time was up 4%. Diablo III slipped out of the top five, with ArcheAge claiming a spot.
League of Legends didn’t slow down in October; play time was up 2.78% compared to September. The World Championship final rounds took place through the first half of the month, but didn’t lead to an obviously identifiable bump. LoL’s Halloween sales event, The Harrowing, had a similarly understated impact, though play time did peak during the event’s launch weekend.
Despite World of Warcraft play time increasing 16.32% in October versus last month, it was nowhere close to dethroning League of Legends from the top spot. Nonetheless, it received a major bump in play time thanks to The Iron Tide patch, which introduced new character models, world events, revamped group finders, and much more. The MMO also had various holiday events and sales in October. Its latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor, will release in mid-November along with events for the game’s ten-year anniversary, which should impact play time significantly for next month’s Most Played.
DOTA 2 also had a bit of a gain in October, up 5.98%. Play time reached its peak after the release of Update 6.82c, which was mainly a balance patch.
ArcheAge rounds out the top five, climbing two spots in October, the first full month after the MMORPG’s release.
Diablo III slipped to seventh place, losing nearly 41.48% of play time compared to September. The game received an early October push due to a 50%-off sale on the game plus the Reaper of Souls expansion, but after the first week of October gameplay steadily declined, despite bonus Gold Find and an increase of experience during Halloween.
Star Wars: The Old Republic rose three spots thanks in part to pre-order bonuses for the upcoming expansion, Shadow of Revan. The pre-order grants a huge (12x) XP bonus from class missions through November.
PAYDAY 2 made a return into the top 20, jumping 19 spots in October. Play time increased significantly when the crime title was 75% off in mid-October. To add to the play time increase was the shooter’s Crimefest event, which included various new (Halloween-themed) masks, daily missions, and a John Wick movie promotion that allowed you to play as Keanu Reeves’ character.
FIFA 15 shot up 192 spots after its late September launch. Final Fantasy XIV Online, Warframe, and Guild Wars 2 slipped as each lost play time compared to September. Out of the three, Guild Wars 2 fared the worst, down 10.42%.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel landed in 17th place with a mid-October launch.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor also debuted this month. While it stole some play time from Diablo III, current gameplay trends may see Shadow of Mordor drop out of November’s Most Played.
Team Fortress 2 rounded out the top 20. Despite losing two spots, the game’s play time increased 12.55% compared to last month. Halloween events and various fixes and updates appeared to be the main contributing factors.
Note: The Share number by each game represents that title’s gameplay time as a percentage of the total time spent on all the PC games played by Raptr members, and is useful for comparing the relative amount of play time between particular games.
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