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Update: Forza Horizon 5 surpasses 6 million players during launch week

Update, 11/15/21:

Over 6 million people played Forza Horizon 5 in the week of launch, according to Xbox Marketing Director and General Manager Aaaron Greenberg.

Greenberg revealed this massive launch week for Playground Studios’ newest open-world driving game on Twitter and he said the numbers are still growing. That news comes after Xbox CEO Phil Spencer announced last week that Horizon 5 had the biggest launch of any Xbox Game Studios game ever, reaching over 4.5 million players on launch day.

The original story goes below …


Original story, 11/10/21:

Forza Horizon 5 officially launched yesterday, both as a game to buy and as a title available on Xbox Game Pass. For those who bought special editions of Horizon 5, it has been playable since last Friday.

After yesterday’s official launch, the new open-world arcade driving game from Playground Games has reached over 4.5 million players, according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer. This makes Forza Horizon 5’s launch bigger than any other Xbox Game Studios launch before it.

We’ve been investing in Xbox for years so more people can play. With over 4.5 million players to date on PC, cloud and console, Forza Horizon 5 shows that this promise is becoming a reality. Biggest start day for [Xbox Game Studios] Game, peak at the same time [three times as high as Forza Horizon 4]. Thanks player and congratulations to [Playground Games].

All of this means “this game got off to a very successful start”. Forza Horizon 5 had the biggest launch for a Forza Horizon game. The maximum number of simultaneous players is already three times higher than that of the previous Forza Horizon entry. It had the largest release of any Xbox Game Studios game ever.

As Spencer notes in his tweet, the game is available on Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox’s cloud gaming, which undoubtedly helped a lot for the Forza Horizon 5 numbers. Add that it’s also available in Xbox Game Pass, and it’s no surprise that the latest version from Playground Games is a success.

This has to be a solid morale booster for the studio as it continues to work on its upcoming Fable reboot. If you haven’t tried Forza Horizon 5 and want to do it, it’s now available on Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox’s cloud gaming service.

While you wait for the download, read our thoughts on the game in Game Informer Check out Forza Horizon 5, then read about the in-game accessibility settings available, including the addition of American and British Sign Language, a feature coming soon. Then take a look at the new limited-edition Forza Horizon 5 Xbox controller.


Are you one of the 4.5 million Forza Horizon 5 players? Let us know what you think of the game in the comments below!



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