According to Metacritic, Sony has been dubbed the top publisher of 2022 in its 13th annual Game Publisher Rankings list. Metacritic’s criteria for this list is based on average Metascore, a percentage of games with good review scores of 75 and above, a percentage of games with bad reviews scoring at 49% or below, and the number of “great” games that managed to earn a Metascore of 90 or higher.
PlayStation released well-received games like God of War Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, and numerous PC ports of popular game from its library, throughout 2022. Obviously, this pushed Sony to its number one position, dethroning Microsoft which held the top spot in 2021. Microsoft isn’t even on this list as the company failed to meet one of the criteria parameters. “Only publishers with five or more distinct titles released last year are included in our rankings,” Metacritic explained.
2022 was a bad year for Xbox regarding its exclusives. Starfield and Redfall were delayed into 2023, with Obsidian’s Pentiment being the only game internally developed and released last year. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer acknowledged Microsoft’s lack of games in 2022, adding that 2023 would be a better year for the company.
The full list of 45 publishers, including big names like Nintendo, Bandai Namco, and Ubisoft, can be seen below. As shared by Metacritic.
|11||Red Art Games||74.9|
|19||Plug in Digital||72.1|
|29||Arc System Works||71.3|
|41||No More Robots||67.2|