Gears 5 Off to a Record Start, Microsoft Says

Posted on September 16, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Games, Windows 10, Xbox One with 5 Comments

Microsoft announced today that Gears 5 set new records on Xbox Game Pass during its opening weekend, with over three million players.

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,” a Microsoft representative told me. “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.”

Gears 5 is even more impressive on PC, where the title 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.

These launch statistics come from the four-day period during which Gears 5 was available only to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Gears 5 Ultimate Edition buyers. This started on Friday, September 6. Gears 5 became broadly available the following Tuesday, September 10.

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