Fortnite's Chapter 2 Gives a Big Boost to Flagging Xbox Player Numbers

By Sam Quirke,
Epic Games' ridiculously popular battle royale game has never quite appealed to our community — not least because the Fortnite achievement list has nothing to do with the battle royale in the first place — but even the wider Xbox community have been starting to drift away, according to our Gameplay Chart data. That all changed with the release of Chapter 2: our stats show that the mysterious black hole and the new island that appeared in its wake re-energised Xbox players for the first time in several months.

Fortnite Chapter 2 player numbers

Since August, player numbers have been dwindling pretty consistently on Xbox, based on our standard sampling of player data (you can find out all about our Xbox Gameplay Chart analysis here). At one point Fortnite was steadily occupying the attention of nearly 30% of sampled players – still a staggering feat given the amount of games on the market – but that figure dropped pretty drastically to below 20% during September. For most games, claiming 20% of a console's player base would still be a welcome feat. Yet given all that Epic is trying to achieve on the back of the profitabilty of a single title, a 10% drop in regular use over just one month would be a concern — especially if this Xbox figure turned out to be indicative of player movement across other consoles, mobile and PC.

Fortnite Xbox player numbers

Maybe it's not a surprise that the launch of an entirely revised game — not to mention the catastrophic finale to the previous iteration — would bring players back into the Fortnite fold. Still, the final boost is pretty impressive, putting Fortnite right back up to a 32% share of our 1-million strong player sampling. We can't say exactly why, and that's going to be interesting in the coming weeks. Are all of those additional console players only going to hang around while the hype of a new map is strong, or are they genuinely enthusiastic about some of the substantial gameplay tweaks that Epic Games' patched in while everyone was distracted by a black hole? We'll have to keep an eye on future Gameplay Charts to see exactly when that Fortnite magic might finally wear off.

Check out our Best Xbox One Third-Person Shooters Available in 2019 article for a compilation of other great games in this genre.
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.
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  • tripli00tripli00172,959
    Posted on 22 October 19 at 15:27Permalink
    Really interesting to see the data as an insight to what game developers can see and for the players what is actually going on for players and playing time
    Not trying is the same as failing!
  • MCmichaelDMCmichaelD337,760
    Posted on 22 October 19 at 15:37Permalink
    Does logging in to play the new map one time count as playing on your chart?
    embrace it!
  • I NVIII II NVIII I500,358
    Posted on 22 October 19 at 15:43Permalink
    Keep in mind this has happened every season, give it another 2-3 weeks and it’ll have dropped again.
  • GRAND NOBLEGRAND NOBLE290,550
    Posted on 22 October 19 at 15:48Permalink
    Feels like a new game tbh. In a good way.
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  • kintariskintaris291,105
    Posted on 22 October 19 at 15:53Permalink
    I NVIII I said:
    Keep in mind this has happened every season, give it another 2-3 weeks and it’ll have dropped again.
    I get your point, though that 18% ebb in the chart is the lowest percentage since March -- prior seasons didn't see as significant a dip compared to Season X.
  • Posted on 22 October 19 at 16:01, Edited on 22 October 19 at 16:01 by Camello DelgadoPermalink
    Still waiting for Save the World to go free.
  • OnsidicOnsidic767,282
    Posted on 22 October 19 at 16:30Permalink
    Is this increase due from loading up the game and being dropped into a game instantly after the intro?
    ...
  • Posted on 22 October 19 at 17:58Permalink
    I saw Fortnite achievement list and my heart skipped a few beats until I actually read the article.
    DubstepEdgelord
  • Posted on 23 October 19 at 00:50Permalink
    I thought Fortnight forced Xbox players to play against PC players. That would seem to explain the drop over time to me. It will be interesting to see how long the increase lasts before Xbox players quit the game out of frustration again, after losing so much to PC players.
  • I NVIII II NVIII I500,358
    Posted on 23 October 19 at 02:53Permalink
    kintaris said:
    I NVIII I said:
    Keep in mind this has happened every season, give it another 2-3 weeks and it’ll have dropped again.
    I get your point, though that 18% ebb in the chart is the lowest percentage since March -- prior seasons didn't see as significant a dip compared to Season X.
    X was probably the lowest point for the game yes as the season didn't really do too much to bring more and more people back, the new map brings these people back but it is still really the same game and it is kind of getting old. Personally I have enjoyed the game for quiet some time but more recent seasons I lose interest because of the insane builders and I can see many others feel the same. I think this week those numbers will have a major drop with CoD MW coming out, hoping it is just as good as the beta.
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