A few weeks ago if you were to ask random games what the most popular online games on Xbox Live were you probably would have heard them respond with Fortnite and Grand Theft Auto Online. One of Microsoft’s internal studios – The Coalition – has changed all of that with the recent release of Gears of War 5. It has been five days since the Ultimate Edition of the game was released and the game has soared to the top of the “Most Played” games list on Xbox Live for the United States and Mexico. Have a look for yourself below:

The free-to-play multiplayer shooter Fortnite has ruled the Most Played charts on Xbox Live for well over a year now. For Gears of War 5 to top the list in only five days is a most impressive feat.

Keep in mind that this is only the Ultimate Edition of the game which carried an MSRP of $79.99 and was also available to Game Pass subscribers. The Standard Edition was released yesterday and is currently #12 on the same list.

Gears of War 5 is enjoying overwhelmingly positive reviews though the online modes of the game have suffered from frequent crashes. The Coalition has responded with a promise of some in-game goodies to compensate players impacted by the outages. Here is the announcement made via Twitter:

If you have not yet received your boosters or scrap, hang tight. They should be in your account later today.

The Gears franchise was originally developed by Epic Games before the IP was acquired by Microsoft.

Nicholas is hard at work on his own review of Gears of War 5 so make sure to check that out when it is published. In the meantime, let us know if you have played the latest game in the Gears saga and what you think of it. We would love to know what you think.