Metacritic Publisher Rankings 2020

Metacritic has released its annual publisher rankings, and the results are actually quite surprising. These rankings take a number of factors into account, in order to feed a points system that's based on things like average Metascore and whether the publisher has launched any "great" (at least 90 Metascore) titles over the course of the year.

Interestingly enough, it's SEGA that set the bar for 2020, with an average Metascore of 81.6. The Japanese publisher released a glut of incredibly well received games last year, which helped propel it to the top spot. Persona 5 Royal (the highest scoring game of 2020), Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim were a big part of that.

In fact, Japanese publishers had a lot of success in 2020. Capcom had a fantastic year, claiming third place in the rankings. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne was the big one (on PC), closely followed by Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition. Square Enix didn't do too badly either, arriving in 11th thanks to the brilliant Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age.

Meanwhile, Sony made it into the top five, settling for fourth place. Naturally, The Last of Us: Part II was its heavy hitter, alongside PlayStation 5 launch title Demon's Souls. Other high profile PlayStation exclusives, like Ghost of Tsushima, helped bolster an impressive 79.8 average Metascore.

Here's a quick rundown of the top 10 publishers:

  1. SEGA
  2. Annapurna Interactive
  3. Capcom
  4. Sony
  5. Activision Blizzard
  6. Microsoft
  7. Aksys Games
  8. No More Robots
  9. Nintendo
  10. Devolver Digital

You can find the full rankings over on Metacritic.

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