Xbox Gameplay Chart: Skyrim reappears in the top 20 after joining Xbox Game Pass

By Heidi Nicholas,
Our latest Xbox Gameplay Chart shows quite a bit of movement with Xbox Game Pass additions re-joining the chart, new appearances, and major games shuffling up and down to make room for the changes. Here is the top 40 Xbox Gameplay Chart for the week ending December 20th, 2020.

PositionGamePublisherLast week
1 iconCall of Duty: Modern WarfareActivision1
2 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarActivision2
3 iconGrand Theft Auto VRockstar Games5
4 iconFortniteEpic Games3
5 iconRocket LeaguePsyonix6
6 iconMinecraftXbox Game Studios7
7 iconCyberpunk 2077CD Projekt4
8 iconTom Clancy's Rainbow Six SiegeUbisoft9
9 iconDestiny 2Activision8
10 iconApex LegendsElectronic Arts11
11 iconForza Horizon 4Xbox Game Studios10
12 iconROBLOXRoblox13
13 iconFIFA 21 (Xbox One)Electronic Arts12
14 iconAssassin's Creed ValhallaUbisoft14
15 iconGears 5Xbox Game Studios19
16 iconOverwatch: Origins EditionBlizzard Entertainment18
17 iconHalo: The Master Chief CollectionXbox Game Studios15
18 iconRed Dead Redemption 2Rockstar Games16
19 iconThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special EditionBethesda SoftworksRE
20 iconNBA 2K21 (Xbox One)2K Sports22
21 iconMadden NFL 21 (Xbox One)Electronic Arts20
22 iconStar Wars Battlefront IIElectronic Arts21
23 iconARK: Survival EvolvedReverb Publishing24
24 iconSea of ThievesXbox Game Studios23
25 iconPlayerUnknown's BattlegroundsMicrosoft26
26 iconFIFA 20Electronic Arts25
27 iconStar Wars Jedi: Fallen OrderElectronic Arts17
28 iconDead by Daylight505 Games27
29 iconSMITEHi-Rez Studios30
30 iconBattlefield VElectronic Arts29
31 iconMadden NFL 20Electronic Arts31
32 iconFor HonorUbisoft33
33 iconSkate 3Electronic Arts35
34 iconCall of Duty: Black Ops IIIActivision36
35 iconMinecraft (Win 10)Xbox Game Studios37
36 iconHalo 5: GuardiansXbox Game Studios39
37 iconFallout 76Bethesda Softworks34
38 iconThe Sims 4Electronic Arts-
39 iconRogue CompanyHi-Rez Studios40
40 iconEA SPORTS UFC 3Electronic ArtsRE
Chart compiled using gameplay data from over 2.5 million active Xbox accounts. Chart information is copyright TrueGaming Network. For details on how the chart is calculated, click here.
Modern Warfare, which hasn't left the top three all year, looks set to finish 2020 in 1st place once again, with Black Ops Cold War just below in 2nd. GTA V, Fortnite, and Rocket League round out the rest of the top five as usual. Last week saw CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 reach 4th place, making it one of the few games to disturb the top five of our Xbox Gameplay Chart, but this week sees it drop three places to 7th. Cyberpunk 2077 has had both the most pre-launch hype of any game this year, and also one of the most turbulent launches. Microsoft is offering Cyberpunk 2077 refunds while Sony has also removed the game from the PS Store. It's possible we'll see Cyberpunk 2077 falling through the charts quickly, but CDPR has plans for large Cyberpunk 2077 patches early next year, with smaller updates arriving sooner, so Cyberpunk 2077 could fare better in future.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla, another of this year's biggest launches, is staying firmly put at 14th for another week. The Assassin's Creed Valhalla Yule Festival just went live as a free seasonal event and runs for the next few weeks, so Valhalla could hop a bit higher as players return to the game for the event. The next piece of free content is the River Raid update arriving in February, with the major paid DLC expansions arriving throughout next year too, so it's likely Assassin's Creed Valhalla won't fall too far. Just below, Gears 5 has moved up four spaces after the arrival of its Hivebusters DLC with 15 new achievements.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition has reappeared in the chart, coming in to rest at 19th after it was added to Xbox Game Pass last week. Xbox Game Pass additions always do well on the chart — especially when they're as popular as Skyrim — and we've got a wave of Yakuza Xbox Game Pass additions arriving early next year, so we'll probably continue to see the power of Xbox Game Pass at work in the chart. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, on the other hand, has already taken a tumble, falling another ten places to 27th. The game has already been on Xbox Game Pass for well over a month, and there are always new additions arriving, so it's likely players are moving onto something else. Fallout 76, meanwhile, has dropped three places to 37th. It seems to be moving slowly but steadily back out of the top 40, but the latest community calendar outlines a number of updates and events taking place in early 2021, so perhaps Fallout 76 will fare better then. Lastly, this week's two other new additions are The Sims 4, which makes its first appearance at 38th, and EA Sports UFC 3, which re-joins the chart at 40th. This week's three disappearances are Need for Speed Heat, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition, and Control.

Looking ahead, we're almost out of 2020. We've got a fair few Xbox Game Pass additions to come over the next few months, followed by some big releases in January like Hitman 3 and The Medium. Which do you think will make it to the top five next? Will Cyberpunk 2077 continue to fall? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Heidi graduated with an MA in English Literature, and now enjoys writing news, reviews, and features across TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies. When she’s not writing, Heidi is usually either looking for her next RPG, or trying to convince the rest of the team to hear about yet another delightfully wholesome game she has found.