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...
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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.
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