Microsoft has confirmed that Forza Horizon 5 saw the largest release of any Xbox title in the company’s history, with 10 million players immersed in Playground Games’ beautifully redesigned Mexican landscape within the first week.
In a tweet on the Forza Horizon official Twitter account (below), the company confirmed that it was the biggest launch for a game in Xbox history, which obviously means it has those records for Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game studios too -Games has broken.
– ForzaHorizon (@ForzaHorizon) November 19, 2021
Prior to the announcement, Xbox CEO Phil Spencer also recently announced that the game had had the biggest launch day of any Xbox Game Studios game ever. The open-world racing game garnered over 4.5 million players in its introductory week, where it also had peaks in the number of simultaneous players that were three times larger than its predecessor, Forza Horizon 4.
Like all games from Xbox Game Studios, Forza Horizon 5 has been added to Xbox’s popular subscription service, Xbox Game Pass, which means subscribers can access the game from day one at no additional charge.
While some have questioned the financial viability of a service like Game Pass, Spencer recently stated that the platform is proving to be “very, very sustainable”. This news is likely to please those who are currently signed up for the service – especially if it does in a year when Microsoft itself announced that subscriber growth has slowed.
As Horizon 5 continues to break new records, Playground Games recently announced that it will continue to add elements to the game that add inclusivity and make the game more accessible to a wider range of gamers. In addition to the basic accessibility features currently found in the racing simulation, Horizon 5 will also add an on-screen sign language interpreter to the game in a future update.
IGN recently reviewed Forza Horizon 5, where we gave it a rare 10/10 score, calling 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.