The Gears of War franchise keeps turning, as Microsoft has declared Gears 5 "the biggest launch week of any Xbox Game Studios title this generation," saying that more than three million players played in its opening weekend.
Those numbers were bolstered by the game's inclusion in the Xbox Game Pass subscription service, with Game Pass Ultimate subscribers able to play starting September 6 and all Game Pass subscribers able to play the game for free at the September 10 launch for those who purchased the retail or digital game on its own, September 10.
The previous highwater mark for Game Pass launches (at least among titles Microsoft announced numbers for) had been shared by Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 4, even of which saw 2 million players in their respective launch weeks last year.