Forza Motorsport 7 Sells an Estimated 176,000 Units First Week at Retail

Forza Motorsport 7 Sells an Estimated 176,000 Units First Week at Retail - Sales

by William D'Angelo, posted on 23 November 2017 / 5,955 Views

The acing game from publisher Microsoft Studios and developer Turn 10 Studios - Forza Motorsport 7 - sold 176,150 units first week at retail on the Xbox One, according to our estimates. First week sales can be viewed on the VGChartz Global Weekly Chart for the week ending October 7.

 

Breaking down the sales by region, the game sold best in Europe with 90,128 units sold (51%), compared to 64,818 units sold in the US (37%) and 1,641 units sold in Japan (1%). Looking more closely at Europe, the game sold an estimated 29,768 units in the UK, 14,717 units in Germany, and 17,672 units in France.

Here is how first week sales of Forza Motorsport 7 compares to the first week sales of previous games in the franchise:

  1. Forza Motorsport 4 - 515,859
  2. Forza Horizon 3 - 406,753
  3. Forza Motorsport 5 - 350,588
  4. Forza Horizon 2 - 328,101
  5. Forza Horizon - 316,820
  6. Forza Motorsport 2 - 228,684
  7. Forza Motorsport 6 - 221,042
  8. Forza Motorsport 3 - 209,389
  9. Forza Motorsport 7 - 176,150

Forza Motorsport 7 released for the Xbox One and Windows PC on October 3, 2017.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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18 Comments

Bandorr (on 23 November 2017)

So what that chart is telling me is.. releasing a Forza EVERY YEAR is seeing less and less sales each year.


trunkswd (on 23 November 2017)

At least for Motorsport. Horizon has been doing better at launch for each release.


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Bandorr (on 23 November 2017)

Interesting. Perhaps there is a connection there. The people "leaving" Motorsport are gravitating toward Horizon.

Wonder what Horizons numbers will be like next year.


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trunkswd (on 23 November 2017)

We will find out. I know people who play the Forza series and they prefer Horizon.


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Errorist76 (on 23 November 2017)

Forza 7 is basically just a re-skinned F6 with all DLCs which was just F5 with all DLCs. People are not stupid. That, plus the whole lootbox controversy shows.


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CGI-Quality (on 23 November 2017)

Many of Forza's fans are shifting to Horizon. And it's understandable. The series is HIGHLY entertaining! Just has a feeling of fun which brings back that feeling many got in the Arcades with gfranchises like Ridge Racer and Daytona USA.


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Machina (on 23 November 2017)

It's probably flat with Forza 6 if you factor in both titles' digital sales at launch, maybe a couple of thousand under. I was actually expecting worse than that.


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Errorist76 (on 23 November 2017)

@Machina flat with F6 at a much higher install base that is.


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Machina (on 23 November 2017)

True of course but increased install base gives diminishing returns and is no guarantee of titles selling more.


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DonFerrari (on 24 November 2017)

Pretty much a given.


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trasharmdsister12 (on 23 November 2017)

This is a tricky one to analyze. The sales on the surface look poor. But then this game is the first of the Motorsport series to release day and date with a PC version. Maybe the additional digital sales on PC has it similar to FM6? But then one could argue that Horizon 3 did super at retail well with the same condition. But Horizon 3 also had a lot of problems on PC that may have put people off buying these games on PC. I'm inclined to believe backlash against the microtransactions featured in the game has dampened sales early on a bit in conjunction with series fatigue. I know I'm not even thinking about picking this game up and I've picked up every Motorsport game within 2 months of release since Forza Motorsport 2. Or maybe people were waiting for the Xbox One X to release before picking up this title as a showcase. This is much less likely to be a significant factor in the reduction in sales. In any case I'd wager with digital and retail combined this sits just under FM6 for first week. The real test will be the legs and I'd guess those won't be as great as previous titles.


darkenergy (on 23 November 2017)

This is a good way to put things into perspective, thankfully it's microtransaction controversy is nowhere near the level of Battlefront 2 and the launch of the X1X is part of this just look at the UK Forza 7 shot up when the X1X launch.


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Errorist76 (on 23 November 2017)

FM7 is just not very different from Forza 6 with all DLCs. That's the biggest problem imho.


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DonFerrari (on 24 November 2017)

Looking at sales declining since FM4, then the most likely answer is, sales are down.


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ABizzel1 (on 23 November 2017)

The Forza series has been back and forth for the longest. Forza 7 should have been a bigger success, but the reality is it's launching too late into the year. September is generally the last good month of sales from anything not named Fifa, COD, Battlefield, etc... especially in the US, because it doesn't make sense to spend $60 on a new game when in just a month on Black Friday the game will be $10 - $35. If your exclusive isn't out by September, you can kiss a lot of sales goodbye until Black Friday. Because the majority of gamers are spending that $60 - $180 on COD, Battlefield, and Fifa first and foremost globally speaking.


jamesmarkus87 (on 23 November 2017)

While I clearly do like Forza Motorsport 7 more than everyone else, I do agree that franchise fatigue is starting to kick in. FM6 was a huge improvement over FM5, but FM7 is barely an improvement at all over FM6. FM7 might as well have been called the FM6: Game of the Year Edition.


jamesmarkus87 (on 23 November 2017)

I'm glad to see Motorsport 4 and Horizon 3 at the top. Those are definitely my 2 favourites. With Season Play and a motherlode of bonus events, Motorsport 4 definitely had my favourite career mode.


Chris Hu (on 24 November 2017)

A lot of people actually didn't like the career mode in Motorsports 4 since it had too many events.


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Ljink96 (on 23 November 2017)

Yikes. Maybe digital sales have done the bulk of the numbers?


DonFerrari (on 24 November 2017)

Yes, let's say it had 90% digital attach ratio and make it a record breaker.


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Ggordon (on 23 November 2017)

Not surprising at all


StriderKiwi (on 23 November 2017)

Microtransactions and annual release style series fatigue will do just this. Looking at many of the prior Forza games, some had better legs than others, so it remains to be seen if digital sales and steady performance will compensate. otherwise, 7 will be a series low point, in a year with limited Xbox exclusives no less.


Gamer147 (on 23 November 2017)

Great game. Graphics look amazing.


DonFerrari (on 24 November 2017)

I have to say this is really low.


CartBlanche (on 24 November 2017)

Hey VG, can we get some chartz on how the Gran Tourismo franchise compares with Forza and other driving sims, sales wise, on consoles???


DonFerrari (on 24 November 2017)

We can... Worse selling GT is GT6 which sold over 5M. Best selling FM is FM4 (if i'm not mistaken) which sold less than 5M.


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adisababa (on 24 November 2017)

Forza Motorsport was never the star in the new console gen, it's just a mere stepping stone to the masterpiece that is Forza horizon. Forza Horizon 4 is gonna be insane, I don't know how it'll surpass horizon 3 but I also never saw how horizon 3 could surpass horizon 2.


AlfredoTurkey (on 24 November 2017)

It's clear that EU prefers GT games from these numbers.


Azzanation (on 24 November 2017)

Incoming Forza is dead posts


Kerotan (on 23 November 2017)

Time Microsoft gave this series. There's no need for another motorsport until next gen.


Mr Puggsly (on 24 November 2017)

Why? Still seems to sell well, maybe X1X will help legs.
Some sports games do annual releases with less sales.


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DonFerrari (on 24 November 2017)

this are good sales?


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Kerotan (on 24 November 2017)

Assassins creed which was actually launching to big numbers unlike Forza was given a year off and it resulted in the latest AC having a huge increase in sales. Milking a series ain't always the best long term plan.


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Mr Puggsly (on 26 November 2017)

I imagine an AC games takes significantly more resources to create versus adding content to Forza. Between physical and digital, this game could still sell a few million.

I wouldn't really mind if they skipped a year, maybe Forza 8 should really be developed around the X1X. But Forza games tend to modest openings and great legs. Versus something like MLB The Show, great opening and no legs.


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Kerotan (on 26 November 2017)

More like modest openings and great legs thanks to bundles.


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Mr Puggsly (on 26 November 2017)

Bundles help legs but they do well in their own as well. It also does considerably better than most other racing games.

But whatever, I know youre upset the best racing series isnt on your prefered platform.


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Kerotan (on 26 November 2017)

Wow calm down with the personal attacks there buddy. No need to take things to heart.


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Mr Puggsly (on 26 November 2017)

Correction, you exagerating bundles was the attack was me pointint out reality. Forza tends to have legs, it gets sales on PC now, and it tends to stay priced priced relatively high for new and used.


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Kerotan (on 26 November 2017)

Ok so an attack on a videogame warrants a personal attack by you. You're way too deep in this console war stuff


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Mr Puggsly (on 27 November 2017)

Yeah, you're very predictable. You attack, get called on your attack, play the victim. Stay classy.

Shame you were MIA when Knack 2 was being discussed. Funny how that happens.


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Kerotan (on 27 November 2017)

You just go deeper and deeper!! I don't even know when it released as I don't particularly care for it. But I see You were hoping it would be an opportunity for revenge. As I said you should stop taking the console wars so personally.

Anyway I made a factual claim about Forza bundles and you took offence making it personal. That's not an attack by me but you're obviously very sensitive and took it as such. Pity.


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Mr Puggsly (on 27 November 2017)

You made a misleading comment, it implied the games don't sell well on their own. You made it because of your bias.

Feel free to keep back peddling and make claims I'm sensitive. But its evident why spend any time on Xbox discussions.


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Kerotan (on 27 November 2017)

Now you're entitled to believe that but the reality is I made a comment on Xbox and you took it to heart so made a comment about me. Again you need to pull back and stop investing your emotions into a piece of plastic.


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LivingMetal (on 24 November 2017)

When I first saw this article, I was thinking "Oh no, PlayStation fans are going to downplay this." But after reading the article, I see that there was no need to.


DonFerrari (on 25 November 2017)

The sales downplay themselves... but we got MS fans trying to upplay it.


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Errorist76 (on 23 November 2017)

Disaster...Forza 7 is basically just a re-skinned F6 with all DLCs which was just F5 with all DLCs. People are not stupid. The same happened to GT6 back then. That, plus the whole lootbox controversy clearly shows.


Chris Hu (on 23 November 2017)

Says a guy that has never owned a Forza game you are clueless.


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Errorist76 (on 23 November 2017)

Chris Hu Thanks for worrying,,I own Horizon 3 and Forza 7 as well as Apex on my PC. I’ve played Forza 3-6 on my brother’s X1. Other than the not dynamic weather and daytime F7 has disappointed me tbh. Expected more than just a rehash after all those reviews.
The Force Feedback and general physics with a Wheel (G27) ist still vague and not very realistic. Also the artifial and Instagram Filter looking lighting is really turning me off., just like the bad A.I.
I absolutely adore Horizon 3 though. Somehow Playground made their game and lighting look more realistic and the cars‘ paint as well.


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Errorist76 (on 23 November 2017)

Was meant to say „3-6 on my brother‘s XBox of course“


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Chris Hu (on 23 November 2017)

Its still better then 6 but not by much the career mode is slightly better and the free play mode is a lot better. The went overboard with the orange peel effect on the paints that is why the paints looks worse then in Horizon 3 and Forza Motorsports 6.


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Azzanation (on 24 November 2017)

If its a disaster than I am sure MS wont want a FM8 game.... hmm interesting.


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DonFerrari (on 24 November 2017)

Says the guy that didn't apologize for the needless attack.


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Mr Puggsly (on 26 November 2017)

I thought GT6 saw decline because of PS4. Are we finally admitting it wasn't much of an update. :-O

However, the OP did get it wrong. New Forza releases aren't just the last game with DLC. That neglects new content.


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The_BlackHeart__ (on 24 November 2017)

Besides many other missteps, Game Pass will ultimately kill the console model Microsoft managed to establish back in the 360 era. People will simply wait for their IPs to enter game pass, why pay $60 when you can pay $1. "Games as services" will be 2018's Microsoft strategy, get the game cheap, spend your money in loot boxes and micro-transactions, and I'm afraid it may not pay off.


Mr Puggsly (on 26 November 2017)

A similar theory people had for EA Access but no proof of it happening yet.


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