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Halo Infinite Tops 20 Million Players, Forza Horizon 5 is Over 18 Million Players

Halo Infinite Tops 20 Million Players, Forza Horizon 5 is Over 18 Million Players - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 25 January 2022 / 2,233 Views

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in the earnings call to investors has revealed Halo Infinite has surpassed 20 million players worldwide, "making it the biggest Halo launch in our history."

Nadella also revealed that Forza Horizon 5 has surpassed 18 million players worldwide. 

The official Halo Twitter account has reiterated what Nadella said by saying "With over 20 million Spartans joining us so far, we’re thrilled to announce that Halo Infinite is the biggest launch in Halo franchise history!

"Thank you, everyone, for joining us on the next step in this great journey."


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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19 Comments
aTokenYeti (on 25 January 2022)

Incredible numbers for both

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scrapking aTokenYeti (on 25 January 2022)

The rate of uptake for Forza Horizon 5 is stunning, given it took.... what, two years for Horizon 4 to hit 25 million players, and this has hit 18 million players in about 2 months? And both are in Game Pass, so it's not just that.

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2zosteven (on 25 January 2022)

Both games made the short list for game of the year, no surprise.

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VAMatt (on 26 January 2022)

As a fan of Halo since launch of the original game, I am very happy to see the success of Infinite. They needed a big success to keep Halo in the top tier of video game IPs. I'd say they've definitely taken care of that business..

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KLAMarine VAMatt (on 26 January 2022)

Master Chief in Smash needs to happen next.

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2zosteven VAMatt (on 26 January 2022)

need to get more consoles released so they can sell even more

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chakkra (on 25 January 2022)

I think this proves that Forza Horizon is actually Microsoft's biggest IP at the moment.

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shikamaru317 chakkra (on 25 January 2022)

True, Infinite's multiplayer only released like 2 weeks after Forza, and even though it is F2P, while FH5 requires a purchase or gamepass sub, Halo still only managed 2m more players than Forza. I think that proves pretty well that if FH5 had also been F2P, it would have exceeded Halo in player count in a similar time frame.

But, Halo's multiplayer is easily more popular than FH5's multiplayer, you can tell that by Halo still being #2 on TrueAchievements most played games ranking, while FH5 has already fallen to #6. Similar story for Xbox Store US most played list, Halo has fallen to #5 there while Forza has fallen to #9.

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Otter (on 26 January 2022)

Forza 5 doing amazing things. First time I've wanted to play racing game since Motostorm

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Azzanation (on 25 January 2022)

But Halo was a dead franchise they said..
Good numbers and well deserved.

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Mr Puggsly (on 27 January 2022)

Impressive, I honestly thought Forza may have eclipsed Halo in the number of players. But Halo is still going strong, nice to see.

I personally have gotten kinda bored of Forza Horizon, the open world formula every other year is too much for me. But its certainly the best at what it does.

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Pemalite (on 25 January 2022)

Well deserved. These are Halo 3 levels of numbers I think?

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aTokenYeti Pemalite (on 25 January 2022)

They said it was the largest halo launch ever so it exceeded halo 3 numbers, of course with the obvious caveat that the multiplayer is free and also launched same day on PC instead of 1 console

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Kakadu18 Pemalite (on 25 January 2022)

I don't think Halo 3 ever reached 20mil units sold.

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Azzanation Kakadu18 (on 25 January 2022)

Yeah i think its sitting on around 12m or something along the lines. Halo Infinite also has a free to play multiplayer which would have boosted player counts immensely.

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Otter Kakadu18 (on 26 January 2022)

Players will always be more than actual sales units by a fair bit. On one 360 we had 4 different live accounts at my house

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aTokenYeti Otter (on 26 January 2022)

This is misunderstanding what is meant by “players” in this announcement. It does not count guest accounts or people that picked up a controller and played once. The second one in particular is not in any way measurable.

The “players” here means unique Microsoft accounts that either downloaded the game, bought the game, or installed it via game disc.

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Otter aTokenYeti (on 26 January 2022)

Fair, I thought that every unique live account that would login to a game counts as a player. The point remains that it'll be less than units.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 26 January 2022)

Halo is free to play so those numbers are easily bolstered,

Imagine 20 million sales though and 18 million sales no gamepass shenanigans

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