Forza Horizon 4 Tops 2 Million Players in 1 Week

Forza Horizon 4 Tops 2 Million Players in 1 Week - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 10 October 2018 / 1,816 Views

Microsoft and Playground Games have announced Forza Horizon 4 surpassed two million players in its first week. The game is available for Xbox Game Pass subscribers.

"With such incredible global engagement with Forza Horizon 4, the game is now the highest-rated Xbox exclusive of this generation and Forza continues to be the best-selling racing franchise of this console generation.," said Playground Games studio director Gavin Raeburn.


Here are some more stats on the game:

  • More than 4.6 million hours of Forza Horizon 4 gameplay have been watched across Mixer, Twitch, YouTube and Facebook as of Oct. 9
  • Players have logged more than 822.7 million miles – that’s probably not covered under manufacturer warranty
  • The community has settled in quite nicely living the Horizon Life, purchasing more than 4.1 million properties and owning more than 74.4 million cars
  • More than 377.7 million roads discovered – you’ve been looking for miles and miles and miles…

 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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4 Comments

Angelv577 (on 10 October 2018)

Not surprised forza is the best selling racing franchise. 6 forza in a single gen isn't easy to beat.


AngryLittleAlchemist (on 10 October 2018)

Not only that but Horizon 3 outsold GT Sport.


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Masked_Muchaco (6 days ago)

Bad comparison there Alchy, FH3 is an open world arcade racer that released on both XB1 and PC, while GTS is a racing sim that released a year latter exclusively on PS4, their sales can't really be compared.


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AngryLittleAlchemist (6 days ago)

No it isn't. I'm using only the sales numbers of the Xbox version.


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Masked_Muchaco (6 days ago)

Even then, they are from different racing genres.


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AngryLittleAlchemist (6 days ago)

Ok, so? That doesn't mean anything. The original poster, Angelv, commented that he's not surprised Forza is the best selling racing franchise. He was quoting and commenting on a comparison. It was already established.


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Mr Puggsly (5 days ago)

There are 6 releases this gen because there are two talented studios. The former king of racers has spent the entire gen making their racer and its still a work in progress. Need For Speed does well but critically that series is struggling. Xbox users are almost exclusively playing Forza.


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StriderKiwi (6 days ago)

Aaaaaand no hard sales data. That "best selling racing title this generation" is impressive, but if they broke it down by each entry, would they still beat out GT? Also worth noting, Need for Speed has been off it's game this generation.


AngryLittleAlchemist (6 days ago)

For the second time: Yes, if they broke it down by titles they would still win. Forza Horizon 3 outsold GT Sport


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pitzy272 (on 10 October 2018)

The game sounds incredible, and even I, as someone who doesn't play racing games, am tempted to try it sometime. Is it a surprise that it's the best-selling racing franchise this gen? They release a game every year, so could any other game really compete?


SecondWar (on 10 October 2018)

The Motorsport and Horizon sub-series are fairly different from each other, although they have the same basic mechanics. Overall, I think Horizon is better. After the thrill of Horizon 3, Motorsport 7 was a big come down.


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Azzanation (on 10 October 2018)

The game is on fire. Amazing racing experience. That's also a big claim by Playground to say its the best selling racing Franchise this generation.


terabaap (on 10 October 2018)

Sounds about right, there have been 5 Forza games this generation, It'd be sad if all of them combined didn't edge out Mario Kart of the Switch.


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shikamaru317 (on 10 October 2018)

Even on a per game basis Forza only lost to Mario Kart 8 on Switch, FH3 topped the sales of GT Sport.


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terabaap (on 10 October 2018)

Highly doubt that. I know FH3 is slightly ahead on VGC but digital sales ratio is a lot higher now than it was back when FH3 released. GT games also have long legs wouldn't be surprised if GTS end up selling 10+ million when all is said and done. Forza is just not on the same level of popularity. A lot of it has to do with the fact that the biggest market for racing games is Europe where XB1 has been getting crushed by the PS4. Even in UK where the install bases are similar last year GTS opened with 3 times the sales of what Forza 7 managed. I can only imagine that the in rest of Europe the difference was like 10:1 in GTS' favor.


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Blood_Tears (on 10 October 2018)

Also, keep in mind that MS pads their numbers by talking only about "Players" and not "Sales" using the game pass boost along with W10 players.


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Azzanation (6 days ago)

@terabaap Keep in mind that GTS was also sold at half the price to a standard Forza game, so that would have helped boost its sales. As for sales conparison, i believe both GTS and FH3 hover around similar sales figures so i wouldnt be suprised if FH4 outsells FH3. But i havnt kept up with the figures lately i just know that 5.5m players have played GTS while 9m players have played FH3. So what ever that means id say the games are almost on par with eachother physically.


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terabaap (6 days ago)

@Azzanation Keep in mind that FH3 came out over a year before GTS. You're missing the point though, which is that GT games have insane legs, for instance GT6 opened with less than 1M units in it's first week, and has sold over 5 million units and that's despite the fact that it released on the PS3 AFTER the PS4 was already out! Also GTS was not sold at half the price it launched at the usual $60 MSRP. GTS will easily sell 2-3 times as much as the best selling Forza on XB1.


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Azzanation (6 days ago)

@terabaap I wouldn't be suprised if GTS sells more however this gen i feel the buzz for GTS is alittle flat, the launch of the game didnt please critics and with compeition like PC2 and Assetto Corsa around the legs might be as strong as previoue outings. The game was sold for $49aud and also bundled with a Controller for $89aud so that might vary beteeen counties however $49 is like $20us.


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