Microsoft has posted some good news about the success of their most recent release, Gears 5. In fact, the game is reportedly the most successful Xbox Game Studios title for this entire generation, and the most played Xbox title after 1 week since 2012’s Halo 4. Either that means Gears 5 has done very well for itself, or it means Microsoft has been struggling to make a big impact for quite some time now. Perhaps it’s a bit of both.
The news was posted to the official Xbox website.
“Thanks to the incredible support from our fans, Gears 5 kicked off the Holiday season strong – attracting over three million players in its opening weekend and setting new records for Xbox Game Pass with the biggest launch week of any Xbox Game Studios title this generation. The performance easily doubled the first week’s debut of Gears of War 4 and made Gears 5 the most-played Xbox Game Studios title in its first week since 2012’s Halo 4. First week performance includes the four-day early access period beginning Friday, September 6, which was exclusive to Gears 5 Ultimate Edition and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members. On the PC, Gears 5 has nearly tripled the performance of its predecessor, becoming the biggest-ever launch for Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Xbox Game Studios’ best-ever debut on Steam.”
The success of Gears 5 is well deserved, with our own review describing the game as “the most comprehensive and exciting Gears experience so far.” The ease and accessibility of Xbox Game Pass for both Xbox One and PC no doubt helped to get this game out to so many gamers. Not to mention the franchise is so well known and loved already.
Gears 5 was always primed to be a big release, so it’s good to see Microsoft follow through and capitalise with such a promising game.