Forza Horizon 5 sets Xbox Game Studios record with 4.5 million players

Almost 5 million players have enjoyed Forza Horizon 5 already and it hasn't even been out for more than a couple of days.

According to the most recent numbers in 2020, Mexico City has an estimated population of 9.2 million. Although Forza Horizon 5's launch numbers don't reach those figures, roughly around 4.5 million did play Playground Games' latest racing sim just a few days ago on November 9, when the game was released for the PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and the Xbox Game Pass.

Forza Horizon Sets Xbox Game Studios Record
Forza Horizon 5's player count at launch is several times higher than Forza Horizon 4's at its peak.

Forza Horizon 5 races past all previous Xbox Game Studios titles

Forza Horizon Sets Xbox Game Studios Record
It will be interesting to see if Forza Horizon 5's record holds up once Halo Infinite launches next month.

Heading into the game's launch, Forza Horizon 5 had already attracted 1 million players with some having already had access to the game by way of purchasing the Premium Edition of the title. However, according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, Forza Horizon 5's player count had reached 4.5 million on launch day. This means that Forza Horizon 5 is officially the biggest Xbox Game Studios launch ever - and it's not even close.

Forza Horizon 5's popularity is hardly surprising for anyone who's followed the game's development closely. After several leaks and speculations earlier this year, Microsoft finally confirmed Forza Horizon 5 back in June. Even then, you knew that Playground Games had something special going on. It didn't hurt that future showcases and trailers wowed audiences and made Forza Horizon 5 a must-play even for those who are already content with Forza Horizon 4.

Of course, one of the biggest factors for Forza Horizon 5's player count is its availability on the Xbox Game Pass. Forza Horizon 5 was one of several games confirmed at E3 2021 that would be available on Microsoft's monthly video game subscription service at launch.

On top of all of this, early reviews of Forza Horizon 5 had nothing but positive things to say about the latest Forza title.

All things considered, Forza Horizon 5 is the best racing game that's out right now. It will be interesting to see how Polyphony Digital responds to make sure that Gran Turismo 7 can keep up by the time it launches on March 4, 2022.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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