Gears 5 sells big time, Dragon Quest 1-3 to Switch, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, for Tuesday September 17th. thegamingobserver.com for links and transcript. We got lots of news to get into, so lets jump right in.

Retail charts, week ending September 14th. Gears 5 has best Xbox launch week since Halo 4. 112 million monthly Minecraft players

We’ve got a bunch of sales data to look at here. First of all the retail charts for the week ending September 14th are in, and it’s pretty much what you’d expect. The top 3 are new entries, Borderlands 3, Gears 5, and PES 2020. Greedfall also managed to hit #5. The big titles of previous weeks, like Man of Medan and Astral Chain, have totally fallen out of the top 10 in favor of the usual games you see up there. Speaking of Gears 5, it turns out that it had a wildly successful launch. The first week player base is the largest for any Xbox game since Halo 4 in 2012, with more than 3 million people. Xbox Game Pass has been given a lot of credit for this one, as well as the Steam release. In other player count news, we’ve got some more light shed on Minecraft. Over 112 million players are logging in to the game every month, which is just insanity. I’d be curious to know the demographics on that one, because we also know about the crazu popularity of games like Roblox, which targets a much younger playerbase.

Steam discovery update hurts indie devs

So Valve released an update to Steam last week that changed up the algorithm for discovering new games. Essentially the aim was to showcase relevant games that were catered to the individual, rather than popular games. Well turns out that some indie developers have been pretty effected by this change, with the their numbers dropping dramatically after the change. Others have said they’ve seen no change, so who knows how widespread this issue is. Regardless, it really brings up the topic of whether or not Valve is obligated to cater their systems to all game developers. Just because indie games are harder to find, does that make them the bad guys? Food for thought.

Dragon Quest I, II, and III headed to Switch

Dragon Quest XI will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch on September 27th, and its just been announced that the first three Dragon Quest games will be releasing on the platform simulataneously. Of course XI has been on the other platforms for a while now, but I, II, and III have pretty much never had a Western re-release, so this is a special treat.

Extra info on Apple Arcade

Apple Arcade comes around in just a few days, and it looks like people are pretty optimistic about it. If you’re out of the loop this is a gaming subscription service that is 5 bucks a month, and can be played on all iOS platforms. No ads, no microtransactions, 6 family members to one account. There’s some really established developers and publishers that are making games for this, here’s some highlights: Wayforward has a new Shantae game; Klei Entertainment, who made Don’t Starve, has a game called Hot Lava; Dodge Roll is bringing something called Exit the Gungeon; there’s Rayman, Frogger; a new RPG from the developers of Octopath Traveler. Just lots to check here if you’re an Apple user.

That’s today’s news. Huge shoutout to Matthew for leaving me some kind words and a 5-star review on Amazon, I greatly appreciate that. I’ll be back tomorrow with the news and until then…Happy Gaming everyone!