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Zelda, Doom and Astro Bot were the top wishlisted games of the summer showcases

IGN Playlist data reveals the purchase intent of gamers from the last four weeks

Updated: The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom, Doom: The Dark Ages and Astro Bot are the three most wishlisted games shown during the recent run of summer games showcases.

We've updated our data following last week's Nintendo Direct showcase. The information comes from IGN Playlist, which is a backlog and play activity tracker that is available on the web and via a mobile app.

This list shouldn't be taken as an indicator of what games will sell the most. If you look at the top three, for example, two of those games are out in September, which means those two have less time to amass more wishlists than games like Doom (No.2) or Gears of War (No.4), which are further out from release.

It's also just games that were featured in the showcases (so that's why there's no GTA 6, which is the overall No.1 wishlisted game on IGN). And it's also 'new' wishlists, so games like Assassin's Creed Shadows (No.7) or Fable (No.9) will have amassed wishlists prior to the events, which are not counted here.

Yet it does give you an indicator of what resonated with players over the last few weeks. And allows us to spot some surprises, such as the high position of Perfect Dark, for instance

It's impressive to see Zelda storm right to the top, as the game was only revealed last week. The new Zelda title was a surprise announcement during Nintendo Direct. Unlike last year's sprawling 3D open world adventure, this is a top-down game where players can play as Zelda for the first time.

Doom: The Dark Ages was the strongest new game shown during Xbox's showcase. The trailer was impressive, and the game likely outperformed the other Xbox games because it has a confirmed release for PS5, giving it a wider player base than some of the other first-party Xbox titles.

Astro Bot, which took an early lead after its reveal during Sony's State of Play event, has dipped to No.3. The game is the sequel to the Astro's Playroom tech demo, which comes included with every PS5 sold (and is really rather good), so might turn out to be a sleeper hit for Sony.

Top Wishlisted Games May 30 – June 23 (IGN Playlist data)

Position Title
1 The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom (Nintendo)
2 Doom: The Dark Ages (Bethesda)
3 Astro Bot (Sony)
4 Gears of War: E-Day (Xbox)
5 Perfect Dark (Xbox)
6 Mario & Luigi: Brothership (Nintendo)
7 Assassin's Creed Shadows (Ubisoft)
8 Clair Obscur: Expedition 33 (Kepler Interactive)
9 Fable (Xbox)
10 Metroid Prime 4: Beyond (Nintendo)
11 Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 (Activision Blizzard)
12 Dragon Age: The Veilguard (EA)
13 South of Midnight (Xbox)
14 Lego Horizon Adventures (Sony)
15 Life is Strange: Double Exposure (Square Enix)
16 Indiana Jones and the Great Circle (Bethesda)
17 Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater (Konami)
18 Star Wars Outlaws (Ubisoft)
19 Super Mario Party Jamboree (Nintendo)
20 Mixtape (Annapurna Interactive)
21 Black Myth: Wukong (Game Science)
22 Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake (Square Enix)
23 Dragon Quest 1&2 HD-2D Remake (Square Enix)
24 Donkey Kong Country Returns HD (Nintendo)
25 Avowed (Xbox)

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Astro Bot is the winner of the summer games showcases (so far), with the most wishlists of all the games shown and announced over the past two weeks.

The data comes from IGN Playlist, which is a backlog and play activity tracker that is available on the web and via a mobile app.

The chart below is based on the purchase intent of over 43,000 gamers, and factors in new wishlists from May 30 (the day of the PlayStation State of Play conference) to June 12.

The interest in Astro Bot may come as a bit of a surprise. After all, Sony stated earlier in the year that it didn't plan to release any major new titles based on existing IP this year, and this game is due September 6. Therefore, it's likely even PlayStation had modest expectations for the game.

But Astro Bot is the successor to Astro's Playroom, an extended tech demo that was included with every PS5 sold (over 56 million units so far). As a result, Sony has exposed the Astro series to a very large audience already (including the crucial and lucrative early adopter audience), and we might just be seeing some of that audience returning for the sequel.

PlayStation may hold the top spot, but the rest of the Top Ten is dominated by games that featured in Xbox's showcase. The No.2 spot belongs to Doom: The Dark Ages by Bethesda, which opened Microsoft's show. The shooter is also coming to PS5 so has a larger addressable market than some of the other Xbox games in this list, such as Gears of War: E-Day at No.3, and Perfect Dark at No.4.

One thing worth noting about this chart is that it just counts people who wishlisted games during this two-week period. This naturally favours new games that were announced over the past two weeks, whereas games that were available to wishlist prior to this period (such as Assassin's Creed Shadows at No.5, Fable at No.8, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 at No.9), will already have had a base of interest that isn't factored in here.

The biggest new IP of the showcases was Clair Obscur: Expedition 33, which is an RPG from independent developer Sandfall Interactive and published by Kepler. The game just about comes ahead of another new IP in South of Midnight from Compulsion Games and Xbox, which received its first gameplay trailer last week.

Kepler has two games in the Top 25 most wishlisted titles, with Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn at No.21.

There were a few well received indie games that have made the Top 25, too. Mixtape from Beethoven and Dinosaur, and published by Annapurna, impressed during the Xbox showcase and that has translated to wishlists, coming in at No.15. Meanwhile, Neva, which was a much talked about game from Geoff Keighley's Summer Games Fest event, is at No.20.

Overall, although sequels dominate the Top Five, there's a decent number of new IP in this list, with nine original games overall.

This is ultimately just an early snapshot from the summer games showcases. Nintendo has yet to host its Direct video, and there will be plenty of media coverage to come from the games shown over the past two weeks. Therefore, we will look to provide a further update to this chart in the coming weeks., which is now part of the IGN group of websites, will continue to publish IGN Playlist insight and data moving forward.

Top Wishlisted Games May 30 – June 12 (IGN Playlist data)

Position Title
1 Astro Bot (Sony)
2 Doom: The Dark Ages (Bethesda)
3 Gears of War: E-Day (Xbox)
4 Perfect Dark (Xbox)
5 Assassin's Creed Shadows (Ubisoft)
6 Clair Obscur: Expedition 33 (Kepler Interactive)
7 South of Midnight (Xbox)
8 Fable (Xbox)
9 Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 (Activision Blizzard)
10 Dragon Age: The Veilguard (EA)
11 Lego Horizon Adventures (Sony)
12 Life Is Strange: Double Exposure (Square Enix)
13 Indiana Jones and the Great Circle (Bethesda)
14 Metal Gear Solid Delta (Konami)
15 Mixtape (Annapurna Interactive)
16 Star Wars Outlaws (Ubisoft)
17 Wuchang: Fallen Feathers (505 Games)
18 Avowed (Xbox)
19 Black Myth: Wukong (Game Science)
20 Neva (Devolver Digital)
21 Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn (Kepler Interactive)
22 Atomfall (Rebellion)
23 State of Decay 3 (Xbox)
24 Stalker 2 (GSC Gameworld)
25 Monster Hunter Wilds (Capcom)

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