Steam Blog announces
ways Valve is attempting to make the "Upcoming" tab on
Steam more relevant to the interests of each individual gamer by tailoring the
list of upcoming games to some of the preferences demonstrated along the way.
They also acknowledge that hiding some games to aid discovery is not going to
work for everyone, so they are retaining the ability to see an unfilterered list
of all future Steam releases. Here's more on what they are doing and why:
Today we are rolling out a bunch of improvements in how we show you
upcoming games on Steam.
In the past, the Steam homepage included an Upcoming tab that showed customers a
complete list of everything that was coming to Steam. This was a pretty simple
feature -- it was literally just a chronological list of upcoming titles. It
didn't do anything to build a list of games suited to anyone's interests and
just wasn't doing its job. Hundreds of new games are coming to Steam every
month, but customers weren't using this list to find new things to play. It was
a feature that needed work.
Therefore, as of today the Upcoming tab will be a smarter, more tailored list
called Popular Upcoming. This list will take into account the pre-release
interest in a game -- that is to say, data we gather through wishlists,
pre-purchase, and a developer's or publisher's past titles. We believe Steam
does a good job of taking early customer interest (even if that interest isn't
enormous) and helps a game amplify that interest through connection to quality
customers. This smarter list on the front page aims to do just that.
Furthermore, when you click on "see more Upcoming Releases" at the bottom of
that tab you'll be taken to a dedicated Upcoming Releases page. This page will
make suggestions based on your unique interests and show you what's coming to
Steam in a much more digestible format.