Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

Forza Horizon 5 had “the biggest first week in Xbox history”

Microsoft has confirmed that Forza Horizon 5 has made its biggest launch in Xbox history, with 10 million players jumping into the beautifully rethought Mexican landscape of Playground Games in the first week.

In a tweet from Forza Horizon’s official Twitter account (below), the company revealed that it was the largest game launch in Xbox history, breaking records for the Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Studios games.

Prior to the announcement, Xbox boss Phil Spencer also recently revealed that the game has experienced the largest release date of any Xbox Game Studios game in history. The open-world racing game attracted more than 4.5 million players each week and featured a peak simultaneous player count of more than three times that of its predecessor, Forza Horizon 4.

Like all Xbox Game Studios games, Forza Horizon 5 has been released on Xbox’s popular subscription service, the Xbox Game Pass. This means subscribers can access the game from day one at no additional cost.

While some question the economic feasibility of services like the Game Pass, Spencer recently explained that the platform has proven to be “very, very sustainable.” The news may please those who are currently signing up for the service. Especially if it turns out to be the case in the year Microsoft itself announced that subscriber growth was slowing.

As Horizon 5 continues to set new records, Playground Games recently announced that it will continue to add elements to the game to make it more comprehensive and accessible to a wider range of players. Horizon 5 is set to add on-screen sign language interpreters to the game in future updates, in addition to the basic accessibility features currently in the Racing Sim.

IGN recently reviewed Forza Horizon 5 with a rare score of 10/10 and named it “the best open world racing game available”. For more information on the series, please visit our dedicated Forza Horizon 5 IGN page.

Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN.You can follow him twitter..