The Xbox Popularity Pendulum Swings: Starfield Rises, Hellblade 2 and Fallout Fizzle


The ever-shifting landscape of player interest in Xbox games is a fascinating phenomenon. Trueachievements, a website dedicated to Xbox achievements and statistics, provides valuable insights into this dynamic by tracking player engagement with various titles. Their latest data reveals a shakeup in the top Xbox games, with some titles surging while others experience a decline.

Xbox Popularity Pendulum Swings
Xbox Popularity Pendulum Swings

XDefiant’s Fall from Grace: A Fading Flame

Ubisoft’s free-to-play shooter, XDefiant, entered the Xbox scene with a bang, consistently holding a top-five position in the rankings since its launch. However, the latest data shows a significant drop, with XDefiant plummeting from fourth place to ninth in just one week. This suggests a potential dip in player interest, prompting questions about the game’s ability to maintain its initial momentum.

Hellblade 2’s Descent: A Dampened Spark

Another notable shift involves Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2. This highly anticipated title, previously enjoying a comfortable spot at 25th place, dropped significantly to 40th within a week. While the reasons remain unclear, this could indicate a waning hype or a change in player priorities. Perhaps the initial excitement surrounding the game’s announcement has subsided as players focus on other titles.

Fallout’s Fading Footsteps: A Waning Influence

The Fallout series, recently acquired by Amazon, also experiences a shift in player engagement. Fallout 4 witnessed a drop from 13th to 19th place, suggesting a slight decline in interest. However, its post-apocalyptic sibling, Fallout 76, seems to be holding its own, even climbing the ranks from 20th to 14th place. This could be attributed to ongoing content updates or a dedicated player base that thrives in the online world of Fallout 76.

Starfield’s Stellar Ascendancy: A Mod-Powered Boost

On the brighter side, Bethesda’s spacefaring RPG, Starfield, experiences a welcome rise in popularity. It jumps from 31st to 17th place, which interestingly coincides with the release of a recent update introducing mod support on consoles. The ability for players to create and share custom content is a powerful tool for extending a game’s lifespan and reigniting player interest. This update clearly resonated with the Starfield community, propelling the game up the charts.

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A Glimpse into the Top Xbox Games

For a complete picture, let’s revisit the current top Xbox games as per Trueachievements’ data (as of last week):

  1. Call of Duty
  2. Fortnite
  3. Minecraft
  5. FC 24 (likely referring to EA Sports FC 24)
  6. Destiny 2
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  9. XDefiant
  10. Rocket League

This list showcases a diverse range of genres, with established franchises like Call of Duty, Fortnite, and Minecraft retaining their dominance. Additionally, free-to-play titles like Roblox and XDefiant demonstrate their ability to attract a large player base.


Q: Why did XDefiant’s popularity drop on Xbox?

A: The reasons are unclear, but it could be a combination of factors like waning player interest, lack of engaging content updates, or competition from other titles.

Q: Does Hellblade 2’s decline mean it will be a bad game?

A: No, the drop in rankings doesn’t necessarily reflect the game’s quality. It could simply indicate a shift in player focus towards other titles.

Q: How did Starfield’s rise in popularity happen?

A: The release of a recent update introducing mod support on consoles likely contributed significantly to Starfield’s growing popularity.