Search engine giant Google recently released its 2020 edition of “Year in Search”. Every year, this showcases the top five most-searched terms, in categories ranging from politics to sports to movies, television and more. Some of the results were unsurprising, with the coronavirus, US President-elect Joe Biden, and the Netflix series Tiger King all trending.
However, in the video game category, the results were slightly less as expected. Despite a number of major releases this year, including Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Cyberpunk 2077 (the latter an ongoing source of controversy and fan outcry) the most-searched game was actually an indie title released two years ago.
Among Us, developed by small Washington-based team Innersloth, debuted in 2018 but saw massive popularity in 2020. The game, in which a group of “crewmates” team up to find and eject the murderous “impostor,” became beloved as a method of connecting and staying in touch with friends while quarantining and remaining socially distant.
The game’s popularity even resulted in the cancellation of the planned sequel, as the developers have chosen to focus on improving the original version instead. After Among Us won two awards at this year’s Game Awards, the game was ported to the Nintendo Switch. An Airship map inspired by Innersloth’s earlier title, The Henry Stickmin Collection, is also in development.
Other highly searched games in 2020 include adorable “battle royale” Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout in second place, tactical first-person shooter Valorant in third, and MMORPG Genshin Impact in fourth place. The Last of Us 2, which swept The Game Awards with a record-breaking seven wins including Game of the Year, finished up the list in fifth. Expanding the list to a top ten reveals that Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Ghost of Tsushima, and FIFA 21 all earned spots, as did the Japanese app Dragon Quest Walk. Cyberpunk, however, is nowhere to be seen.
Check out the full Year in Search results here.