Top 5 Most Played DLC of 2018

By Mark Delaney,
Our year-end stats wrap-up continues today with a brand new feature: the most played DLC of the year. Originally, we devised this as a top ten like the other lists you'll see this week, but when we realized the back half was almost exclusively Batman: The Enemy Within - The Telltale Series episodes, we decided that wasn't as interesting, so below you'll find the top five most played DLC of 2018, as measured by number of players who started playing it. Any guesses for the top spot, or have you already skipped this portion and moved to the graph?

5. Daybreak for State of Decay 2 -14,913 Players

State of Decay 2

The first major expansion to Undead Labs' State of Decay 2, "Daybreak" introduced a horde mode to the game that rewards players with content for both the separate mode as well as the base game. Taking elite tacticians into a wave defense mode against relentless zombies captures one of the game's best attributes: the way it stacks the odds against players, which in turn gives a real sense of accomplishment when you survive to see, well, daybreak.

4. The Curse of the Pharaohs for Assassin's Creed Origins 15,439 Players

Assassin's Creed Origins DLC

The first of two appearances for 2017's soft reboot of Assassin's Creed, "Curse of the Pharoahs" brought more of the story content players craved from the 40+ hour main game. Origins won our Game of the Year award last December, as voted by the community, so it's no wonder people went back for more of Bayek and Classical Egypt.

3. Hours of Darkness for Far Cry 5 - 15,686 Players

Season Pass

That's back to back Ubisoft add-ons, which makes sense. They're arguably the most prominent development company still doing hefty single-player season pass content. Far Cry 5's three-part post-game support brought the popular game to ridiculous and varied new places. "Hours of Darkness" was the first of these new campaigns and brought players to Vietnam in a story that shared more on a character's past. The two that didn't place in the top five also brought the game to outer space and the zombie apocalypse.

2. The Hidden Ones for Assassin's Creed Origins 22,182 Players

Assassin's Creed Origins DLC

Bayek is back. The first of Origins' post-game content offerings was "The Hidden Ones," and like that which followed, it further fleshed out the hero's journey, the same hero who many say is the best protagonist in the series since Ezio. Poor assassins, always being held to the impossibly high Ezio standard.

1. Forsaken for Destiny 2 - 31,646 Players

Destiny 2

Want some perspective on the reach which AAA games have? This number is higher than any game on our list of the most played ID@Xbox games, even though many games on that list were given complimentary with subscriptions to Games with Gold or Game Pass. The post-launch support for the Destiny series remains one of the highest attach rates time after time simply because so much is added to the game. Whereas other DLC experiences often feel supplementary at best, the post-launch content in Destiny feels truly necessary in a way that must make other studios jealous of Bungie.

Are you surprised by the placement of any DLC chapters on this list? We'll be back tomorrow with more year-in-review content. Stay tuned!
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He has written for GameSkinny, Gamesradar and the Official Xbox Magazine. He runs the family-oriented gaming site Game Together.