Xbox Gameplay Chart, July 8th 2019: Surprise Return for Warframe and Fallout 4

By Sam Quirke,
As we still drag ourselves sweating and screaming through the summer months, thirsting for new releases and excuses to be indoors this winter, not much is moving on the Xbox Gameplay Chart. There are a few surprises though...

PositionGamePublisherLast week
1 iconFortniteEpic Games1
2 iconMinecraftMicrosoft Studios2
3 iconApex LegendsElectronic Arts6
4 iconTom Clancy's Rainbow Six SiegeUbisoft3
5 iconGrand Theft Auto VRockstar4
6 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops 4Activision5
7 iconRocket LeaguePsyonix7
8 iconROBLOXRoblox Corporation8
9 iconForza Horizon 4Microsoft Studios9
10 iconNBA 2K192K Sports11
11 iconFIFA 19Electronic Arts10
12 iconDestiny 2Activision12
13 iconOverwatch: Origins EditionBlizzard Entertainment13
14 iconPlayerUnknown's BattlegroundsMicrosoft14
15 iconRed Dead Redemption 2Rockstar16
16 iconARK: Survival EvolvedReverb Publishing18
17 iconBattlefield VElectronic Arts17
18 iconMinecraft: Xbox One EditionMicrosoft Studios19
19 iconBorderlands 22K Games15
20 iconDead by DaylightStarbreeze21
21 iconGears of War 4Microsoft Studios20
22 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops IIIActivision22
23 iconSea of ThievesMicrosoft Studios23
24 iconMortal Kombat 11Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment26
25 iconHalo: The Master Chief CollectionMicrosoft Studios27
26 iconTom Clancy's The Division 2Ubisoft25
27 iconFor HonorUbisoft28
28 iconNHL 19Electronic Arts24
29 iconINSIDEPlaydead-
30 iconHalo 5: GuardiansMicrosoft Studios29
31 iconSMITEHi-Rez Studios31
32 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops IIActivision33
33 iconStar Wars Battlefront IIElectronic Arts30
34 iconBrawlhallaUbisoft32
35 iconWarframeDigital ExtremesRE
36 iconCall of Duty: WWIIActivision36
37 iconMadden NFL 19EA Games38
38 iconFallout 4Bethesda SoftworksRE
39 iconAssassin's Creed OdysseyUbisoft35
40 iconFallout 76Bethesda Softworks34
Chart information is copyright TrueGaming Network. For details on how the chart is calculated, click here.

The biggest winners in this week's chart are the publishing deal-makers. See, there are only three significant movers in this week's chart, and all of them are older games that have been given a boost by a new deal. First we have the iconic INSIDE, which like most Games With Gold additions shoots into the charts despite being many years old. Secondly, we have Warframe. The free-to-pay sci-fi MMO is continually popular, but not normally enough to crack the top 40 — but it turns up now presumably because of the latest contest. Just playing the game at all can earn players the chance for a trip to space (thanks, PCGamesN).

Maybe most revealing of all is the return of Fallout 4 to the Gameplay Chart. There is only one plausible reason why Fallout 4 would return to the playing field, despite being in Xbox Game Pass for several months, and that's because it is involved in this month's Xbox Game Pass quests. Remember this chart isn't just a sampling of TrueAchievements users, but of Xbox players in general. So that means that even outside of the points-hunting types drawn to our own site, Xbox gamers are adopting Game Pass in enough numbers for a game like Fallout 4 to make a re-entry into the chart. Moreover, Microsoft's initiative to promote Xbox Game Pass quests as a way to promote Microsoft Rewards points is clearly working out.

So in a dry month for new releases, three pretty old games have managed to gain ground just through canny marketing choices. It might not be much, but as the industry starts to study gameplay data as much as point-of-sale profits these are interesting test cases for how to retain an audience on a legacy product.
Sam Quirke
Written by Sam Quirke
Sam has been a Newshound since 2016 and is now the Editor for both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies. He loves gaming on all devices and in all genres. He remains a stubborn Assassin's Creed and Pokémon fan.