Gears 5 beats Fortnite as most played game on Xbox One

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Gears 5 – an important exclusive for Microsoft

Fortnite has lost its crown as the most popular video game of the moment, as Microsoft’s new Gears Of War game surges in popularity.

Ever since Fortnite became a global phenomenon, at the beginning of last year, people have been desperate to tear it down and announce its inevitable decline, even though it’s clearly one of the most successful video games ever made.

The first real cracks began to appear a few months ago, with a resurgence of interest in Minecraft leading to some to declare that Fortnite’s age of dominance is over.

In truth these things are very hard to judge, given there’s so few hard number to compare, but what’s certainly true is that for the first time in a long while Fortnite is no longer the number one game on Xbox One.

List of most played games on Xbox One
Fortnite is not used to second place

Gears 5 was officially released yesterday (although you could’ve had early access last week if you had the Ultimate Edition) and immediately shot to the number one position.

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Since it’s a first party Microsoft game that means it was instantly available to anyone that’s an Xbox Game Pass subscriber, but since Fortnite is also ‘free’ that still seems a reasonably fair comparison.

Gears 5 is number one in both the UK and US and its success hammers home the importance of high-quality exclusive games (something Microsoft has been sorely lacking this generation) and the impact Game Pass can have on a new game.

Every Microsoft-published game is automatically available to all Game Pass subscribers and that massively expands the range of people even a big-name title can reach.

Microsoft are ahead of the curve with their subscription service but if Sony and others do something similar next generation the whole dynamic of what makes a successful game could be about to change…

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