The best-selling game of the Steam Winter Sale isn’t on sale

The Steam Winter Sale has been big for games like It Takes Two and Project Zomboid, but the biggest sellers this week aren't even on sale

Preparing to breach a door in Ready or Not, the top selling game of the week on Steam

The Steam Winter Sale is (still) upon us, promising (or threatening) our wallets with a smorgasbord of PC gaming deals. Yet it seems the promise of cheap, slightly older games can’t match the excitement around new stuff, as it’s a brand-new game that’s topped the sales charts for the week – albeit one that’s benefitted from the accidental marketing of controversy.

Every week, third-party site SteamDB publishes a list of the best-selling games on Steam, judged by revenue generated. This week’s list covers December 20 through 26, which includes the two days before the sale, and the five days after it began. Even with competition from discounted games, the number-one seller for the week is Ready or Not.

Ready or Not is a modern successor to games like SWAT 4, putting players in the boots of militarised police officers responding to violent situations. It hit Early Access on December 17, and Steam user reviews put it at an ‘overwhelmingly positive’ rating. The devs at VOID Interactive announced a split with publisher Team17 shortly after one developer said that “you better believe” the game would feature a school shooting level, though the devs deny any connection between the comment and the split.

The number two seller of the week was also a new release put out on December 17 – the new Five Nights at Freddy’s game, Security Breach.

There are some clear beneficiaries from the sale, though. It Takes Two, which took top prize at The Game Awards and made our GotY 2021 list, is the number three seller here, with its 50% discount. Sekiro and Red Dead Redemption 2 also made the top ten with 50% discounts. Project Zomboid, the long-in-development survival game, is also back on the charts this week and hitting ever-bigger player counts after a resurgence in popularity earlier this month.

Of course, the Valve Index headset almost always makes the top ten – its massive price tag means that it’s usually a shoe-in for a list organised by revenue generated.

  • #1 – Ready or Not
  • #2 – Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach
  • #3 – It Takes Two
  • #4 – Halo Infinite (Campaign)
  • #5 – Forza Horizon 5
  • #6 – Valve Index VR kit
  • #7 – Battlefield 2042
  • #8 – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – GotY Edition
  • #9 – Project Zomboid
  • #10 – Red Dead Redemption 2

For more of the best new PC games to check out in the sale, you can follow that link.