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!