Incoming: Which New Releases Do You Care About Most?

Diablo III is far and away the most anticipated of next week's releases for GameSpot readers; Max Payne 3 for Xbox 360 triples the PS3 version's followers.

It doesn't take a supremely insightful industry watcher to suggest that next week's biggest releases are going to be Blizzard Entertainment's long-awaited PC dungeon crawler Diablo III and Rockstar Games' shooter Max Payne 3. However, with a little bit of data, it's possible to provide a slightly more informed perspective on how big those releases are.

Diablo III is next week's most anticipated release by a mile, going by GameSpot user follow figures.

The following list shows all the games we believe are going to launch next week, as pulled from publisher announcements, retailer release lists, and other information. We've listed them in order based on the total number of GameSpot users following each title on each platform, as of Thursday, May 10. Every game-specific page on the site has a "Follow" button under the box art that registered users can click to receive updates about the games they care about whenever there's new content posted, so it provides some indication as to focused user interest surrounding a specific title.

Looking at the numbers, Diablo III is the most followed of next week's releases by a mile. The PC-exclusive action role-playing game has roughly six times as many followers as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Max Payne 3 combined. Speaking of Rockstar's revamp, the Xbox 360 version has been followed more than the PS3 edition by a nearly 3:1 ratio.

Perhaps most surprising among the week's revelations is the performance of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City for the PC.

Other multiplatform games reflect different system preferences, as the PC version of Game of Thrones is the most followed among GameSpot users (though all are in the same ballpark), while the PS3 version of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II has a clear follower advantage over the Xbox 360 edition. The PC version of Sonic's next adventure must have pulled a hammy, as it comes up far short of its console counterparts.

Perhaps most surprising among the week's revelations is the performance of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City for the PC. The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game were released in March to a tepid critical reception, but plenty of GameSpotters still want to keep tabs on Capcom's tardy PC port, following it more than the PS3 version of Max Payne 3.

1. Diablo III--PC--39,662 followers--May 15
2. Max Payne 3--Xbox 360--4,872 followers--May 15
3. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City--PC--1,970 followers--May 18
4. Max Payne 3--PlayStation 3--1,703 followers--May 15
5. Game of Thrones--PC--644 followers--May 15
6. Game of Thrones--X360--564 followers--May 15
7. Game of Thrones--PS3--431 followers--May 15
8. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II--PS3--216 followers--May 15
9. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II--X360--166 followers--May 16
10. Battleship--X360--55 followers--May 15
11. Battleship--PS3--34 followers--May 15
12. Akai Katana Shin--X360--33 followers--May 15
13. Battleship--Wii--8 followers--May 15
14. Dragon's Lair--X360--7 followers--May 18
15. Battleship--DS--6 followers--May 15
16. Battleship--3DS--6 followers--May 15
17. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II--PC--6 followers--May 15
18. PixelJunk 4am--PS3--2 followers--May 15
19. JAM Live Music Arcade--X360--0 followers--May 16
20. JAM Live Music Arcade--PS3--0 followers--May 15

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Hawkeye049
Hawkeye049

COUNTER STRIKE GO! HELLO!! EARTH TO GAMERS! Or should I say, HELLO GAMER TO PEOPLE!

This is why they haven't come out with it yet, the only people who give a damn are the people who play the old one.

It's alright people it may be too hardcore for you, but its one of the few gun games that tries to be REALISTIC instead of BALANCED. If you play it enough you'll LOVE IT.

 

AN UZI is not as good as an AK... ITS NOT!! And AKs will DESTROY body armor, as oppsed to an MP5, would not...

CS FTW!!!

DrRockso87
DrRockso87

Just give me Max Payne 3 and Sonic 4: Episode II (after I play the hell out of Max Payne 3 of course). Other than that, no thanks.Not really interested in anything else until September (besides 'The Last Story' in July). 

markg1150
markg1150

None of them float my boat,  which sadly doesnt suprise me, i love games but i reckon iv only bought about 3 a year for the last 3 years, want to buy more but its just the same pap with a new paint job?

atmospherecf
atmospherecf

Diablo 3 is lvl "A" ... the others on this list are lvl "C"

edmond_villamor
edmond_villamor

Diablo 3 for May releases, Max Payne 3 as second. These games should sum up May releases lol.

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

Why is Max Payne 3 PC not on that list.  That's it birthplace :(

 

That makes me sad.

E-i-N-e
E-i-N-e

It wouldn't surprise me that Diablo lll is the main contender, the game has been highly desired since it's announcement back in 2008 however I didn't think it would lead by such a great margin.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

I lost faith in max Payne 3 after R* announced the whole dlc preorder thing. Now only wait for assassins creed 3

EE061003
EE061003

Diablo 3 is easily the long awaited game of all time.Its releasing tomorrow cant sleep tonight.Finally stupid consoles will see the true power of PC gaming and diablo 3 is sure to play significant role with its terrific graphics and gameplay.The next generation belongs to powerful PC's and BLIZZARD you are an OLD UNCROWNED KING OF PC GAMING

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I could care less about any of those on the list.....

I'm looking forward to the return of the true assassin....Hitman Absolution and I'm also looking forward to Far Cry 3 and Dishonored. I don't have anything against Diablo but I'm not giving Activision any of my money no matter who the developer is......sorry Blizzard.

thingta42
thingta42

Dragons dogma im getting but only because of the berserk dlc

Iridescent406
Iridescent406

I'm actually really looking forward to Dragon's Dogma, but I guess nobody else is :/

vlath
vlath

I'm excited for E3 this year, more than anything else. None of the games already announced has caught my attention. I'm dying to see Square-Enix mention anything about FFXIII-Versus (which has become some sort of a forgotten project) or any Final Fantasy remakes. My take is that, perhaps, if any company is announcing a new console, they are going to have to mention great games to sell them. Also, if Sony does or does not, I hope they somehow show anything about Last Guardian...

radrussian1
radrussian1

diablo is such a gimmie. all they had to do was hype it and stick to the old gameplay formula and bam. they have a goty. 

lightningman123
lightningman123

Max Payne 3 = Shooter of the year

 Dragons Dogma = Rpg of the year

fatboyjon121
fatboyjon121

I just bought Diablo3 off battle.net and i have it downloaded all ready just cant wait till servers go up to install and play

 

headcrab
headcrab

While I've ordered Diablo 3 and Max Payne 3 and look forward to enjoying them both, I am COMPLETELY PSYCHED about PlanetSide 2.

 

The beta hasn't even started yet and it looks like pure awesome-sauce. I am building a new enthusiast-grade machine from the ground up just for the open beta!

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

Diablo III is my most anticipated game of this year most definitely.

 

I've been waiting 12 years for it and I still can't believe that I will play it in two days.

botsio
botsio

yeah!diablo3 might be topping the list of followed games.but lets see what happens as this months games get released and lets see who carries the day!but this months got some cool releases!ghost recon future didn't make the list probably due to postponement upon postponement of the game.i even thought the game might never be released!but may's releases are pure action and adventure!

hamadatoon
hamadatoon

D III     MP3      H5             ................10/10      ;D

JSusie
JSusie

Poor JAM Live Music Arcade, it has no followers.   It needs some friends.

ED0511
ED0511

Only waiting for GW2. That is the real GAME and make to PLAY. Most of other "games" were only products that target gamers as their customer.

deadpeasant
deadpeasant

This is a very interesting article! It would be great if it were a monthly or bimonthly thing aswell. Its nice to know what is topping peoples interest and how it may change throughout the year.

sorcererxx12
sorcererxx12

GW2, too bad they don't have a release date yet

rotten_totem
rotten_totem

the rest of the studios are idiots to release their games very near D3

Slagar
Slagar

Interesting article Gamespot. I wouldn't say it's statistically perfect data or anything, but interesting. I enjoyed the comparison, thanks!

Seifer24
Seifer24

Diablo 3 will crash game industry to the ground.All upcoming games of 2012 are total crap.

NTM23
NTM23

Max Payne 3. It could have be Diablo 3, but since I didn't really play the originals as I would have liked many times before, and the lack of a powerful PC to play it now, it'll have to be Max Payne 3.

yavix
yavix

For me it's Max Payne 3. My rig won't run Diablo III so it's not on my list.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I would be far and away Diablo3, but I won't be able to play it. I will have to go with Max Payne3. I am pretty excited about it,  but I have vowed to catch up on my backlog first. Although it's not on the list, Dragon's Dogma has had my interest since I first heard about it last year I believe it was. I'll wait and see what the general feeling about it is.

GhoX
GhoX

Diablo 3 has more followers than all the other games on that list combined.

Bad_Gamers83
Bad_Gamers83

Diablo 3, Game of Thrones and maybe Max Payne 3

sammoth
sammoth

Diablo 3 & GR Future Soilder might take a look at Dragons Dogma but, thats about it for me.

Baelath
Baelath

I'm still catching up from last year. Jesus, give me a breather. D3 is on pre-order- but all you give me is a summer to recap from the previous uni year?!And then BioShock, AC III, Guild Wars 2, and more?!Goodness. I shall be most broketh.

 

fiendling
fiendling

@markg1150 You, sir, just summed up my feelings about these releases perfectly.

Metallicantera
Metallicantera

 @amaan4ever uh bro assassins creed has preorder dlc just like the last 2 its advertised on one of the trailers. its a mission to some aztec temple and some weapons.

Runock
Runock

 @botsio Ermm..D3 is easily the biggest game of the year despite some annoying blizzard greed, it's awesome. The force is weak on for foreseeing abilities young botso

ED0511
ED0511

 @Seifer24 Are you sure? I think D3 attracted so many people to follow only because of the success of D2. D3 itself may be a good game but not really epic.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

 @yavix If anything Blizzard make their games accessible to the most varied amount of hardware. If you're running Max Payne 3, Diablo 3 shouldn't be a problem.

Seifer24
Seifer24

 @ramcool789 All those games u are mentioning will die through time.Diablo 3 will live for 10 years  with 2 more expansions or more coming in the future.

fiendling
fiendling

@Seifer24 Only because sad little OCD Blizzard zealots like yourself exist. I didn't even finish Diablo II, it was a massive disappointment after the brilliant Diablo. Diablo III just look like a cash in on the Diablo reputation.