News - Updated on March 29, 2022

Review aggregator Metacritic has released the top publishers for 2021. The site has been compiling such lists for 12 years in a row and does not change the main principle: the success of companies is measured not by money or popular sentiment, but by estimates in the press. That’s why he’s a review aggregator!

However, the scores in the press are also taken for a reason, but are run through a formula and converted into points.

  • The list includes only those publishers who released at least five games in 2021 with a Metacritic score.

  • Smartphone games do not count.

  • Estimates were taken as of January 31, 2022.

  • Since Metacritic separates games by platform, the number of products (versions for different platforms) differs from the number of individual games. Let’s say Forza Horizon 5 are three products (Xbox Series, Xbox One, PC) but one single game.

  • 346 points.

  • The average “metascor” is 87.4 points.

  • Rated 10 products (5 individual games): 100% good, 0% bad. Three great games.

  • According to Metacritic, in the entire history of observations, no publisher has had an average score above 85. Xbox Game Studios is the only company in 2021 to have three great releases (score of 90 or higher on at least one of the platforms): Forza Horizon 5, Psychonauts 2 and port Microsoft Flight Simulator для Xbox Series.

  • 312.9 points.

  • The average “metascor” is 81.3 points.

  • 11 products rated (10 individual games): 91% good, 0% bad. Not one great game.

  • 4th place in last year’s list.

  • 309.6 points.

  • The average “metascor” is 80.9 points.

  • Rated 17 products (7 individual games): 88% good, 0% bad. Not one great game.

  • 18th in last year’s list.

  • 308.2 points.

  • The average “metascor” is 80.6 points.

  • 17 products rated (6 individual games): 82% good, 0% bad. One great game Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2.

  • 5th place in last year’s list.

  • 306.9 points.

  • The average “metascor” is 80.2 points.

  • 15 products rated (7 individual games): 87% good, 0% bad. Not one great game.

  • 16th in last year’s list.

  • Capcom – 303.3 points. The average “metascor” is 80.6 points.

  • Bandai Namco – 292.7 points. The average “metascor” is 78.5 points.

  • Electronic Arts – 291.9 points. The average “metascor” is 78.3 points.

  • 505 Games – 288.5 points. The average “metascor” is 75.7 points.

  • Return Digital – 284.8 points. The average “metascor” is 76.5 points.

  • Square Enix – 277.2 points. The average “metascor” is 75.3 points.

  • DANGEN Entertainment – 265.2 points. The average “metascor” is 73.8 points.

  • Nintendo – 264 points. The average “metascor” is 76 points.

  • Koei Tecmo Games – 263.5 points. The average “metascor” is 74.5 points.

  • Plug In Digital – 262.7 points. The average “metascor” is 73.3 points.

  • Focus Entertainment – 259.5 points. The average “metascor” is 72.5 points.

  • Annapurna Interactive – 257.3 points. The average “metascor” is 73.5 points.

  • Ubisoft – 254.1 points. The average “metascor” is 74.2 points.

  • Raw Fury – 252.8 points. The average “metascor” is 74.1 points.

  • Saber Interactive – 251.5 points. The average “metascor” is 70.7 points.

  • NIS America – 244.7 points. The average “metascor” is 70.6 points.

  • Ratalaika Games – 244 points. The average “metascor” is 71 points.

  • Marvelous and its American division Xseed – 242.3 points. The average “metascor” is 70.6 points.

  • Team17 – 241.9 points. The average “metascor” is 72.4 points.

  • Take-Two Interactive – 237.3 points. The average “metascor” is 69.1 points. The publisher was strongly pulled to the bottom by a failed release GTA: The Trilogy.

  • Cook Media – 236.9 points. The average “metascor” is 70.6 points.

  • Sold Out – 235.2 points. The average “metascor” is 72.3 points.

  • Nakana.io – 234.4 points. The average “metascor” is 73 points.

  • Microids – 234.3 points. The average “metascor” is 70.5 points.

  • PQube – 234.1 points. The average “metascor” is 71.2 points.

  • EastAsiaSoft – 230.1 points. The average “metascor” is 67.7 points.

  • Idea Factory – 227.3 points. The average “metascor” is 68.2 points.

  • Playism – 221.3 points. The average “metascor” is 66.1 points.

  • All in! Games – 218.2 points. The average “metascor” is 68.1 points.

  • Thunderful (including divisions Headup And Rising Star) – 217.2 points. The average “metascor” is 68.1 points.

  • ININ Games – 213.3 points. The average “metascor” is 68.5 points.

  • Nacon – 211.7 points. The average “metascor” is 65.4 points.

  • THQ Nordic – 210.8 points. The average “metascor” is 67.8 points.

  • PM Studios – 203.9 points. The average “metascor” is 69.3 points.

  • Curve Games – 199.1 points. The average “metascor” is 66.1 points.

  • Merge Games – 198.5 points. The average “metascor” is 61.5 points.

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