New updates to Steam aim to represent the way the public opinion on a game may change as post-release patches and updates come in. A new “Recent review score” applies Steam’s current scoring formula to only reviews of the past 30 days, as long as the game has been out for at least 45 days total and there are enough reviews in the past 30 days to produce an accurate score. This will highlight any shifting views that players may have regarding the game, whether they be improving or not.
More recent reviews will also get increased visibility in Steam’s listing. Valve explains:
“While there are plenty of new reviews posted every day, we saw that it was often difficult for newer reviews to be seen and voted on enough to become listed as most helpful. As a result, the most helpful reviews presented on a store page would often describe an outdated view of a game that might have changed dramatically over the course of Early Access or post-release development. By listing recently posted reviews more prominently and by defaulting to recent helpful reviews, Steam can now show a more current idea of what it’s like to play the game now.”
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