Last week, we received a question from the community as to whether we included betas and demos in our gameplay chart. At the time we didn't, so we ran the chart again at the end of the week to include gameplay figures from those too. When we asked which version of the chart you preferred, the majority voted for demos and betas to be included in the chart going forward. As such, that's what we'll be doing.
Last week, Apex Legends took the chart by storm to charge straight into the top spot. This week, not only is it challenged by the ubiquitous Fortnite, there are major new releases in the form of Crackdown 3, Far Cry New Dawn, Metro Exodus, and Jump Force. How does the chart look this week? Well, you can check out the gameplay chart and the top 40 most played games below.
Apex Legends manages to keep the top spot by a huge margin; while the gap between that and Fortnite in #2 is marginally closer, the former still manages to almost double the amount of players found in the latter. Meanwhile, Crackdown 3's campaign slams into #3 in its debut week, most likely due to its availability on Xbox Game Pass. Its multiplayer counterpart didn't fare as well, debuting at #22 with less than a third of the number of players garnered by the campaign.
One of this week's biggest movers and shakers comes in the form of Rainbow Six Siege, which moves up six places to #8 thanks to a free weekend. Titanfall 2's popularity also continues to benefit from the Apex Legends effect as it too climbs six spots to #33. In terms of shakers, Kingdom Hearts III suffers its first real drop in popularity since its release, falling 10 spots to #21, while Resident Evil 2 suffers a similar issue and drops six spots to #23. Assassin's Creed Odyssey became an unfortunate victim this week; despite a small increase in numbers because of new DLC and free content, it drops six spots to #24 purely because of the strong performance of other titles. The same happened to Monster Hunter: World, which dropped nine spots to #38. While Sea of Thieves did drop in numbers slightly, the aforementioned strong performance means it also drops a disproportionate number of places down to #25.
In terms of new releases, both Metro Exodus and Far Cry New Dawn make debuts on the chart in #32 and #37 respectively. Despite not being released until February 22nd, the EA Access trial makes sure that Anthem debuts in #18 — that position will surely increase next week. Games with Gold is responsible for Super Bomberman R's debut in the chart at #16, while the Black Desert beta becomes the final new entry at #29. Unsurprisingly, the beta for The Division 2 drops 35 places this week to #39 due to it ending.
When it comes to notable omissions, Jump Force didn't quite make the chart this week, landing just outside the top 40. Xbox Game Pass addition de Blob was nowhere to be seen at all. For next week's chart, Anthem is the only major retail release, so there won't be any new entries there. Xbox Game Pass sees the arrival of two Batman titles — Arkham Asylum and Arkham City — and these may shake things up. Don't forget to tune in to see what next week will bring, and in the meantime, you can subscribe to get alerts for all future Xbox Gameplay Charts here.
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