The Forza franchise has always been one of Microsoft's biggest, and now it's bolstered that reputation with an impressive milestone: $1 billion. Doing its best Dr. Evil impression, Microsoft announced today that the Forza franchise officially surpassed $1 billion in retail sales as of December 2016.

Forza franchise crosses whopping  billion in retail sales

Alongside that $1 billion figure, Microsoft had some other stats to share about how Forza was doing as of December:

As of December, more than 14 million unique players were involved in the Forza community on Xbox One and Windows 10, the award-winning Forza Horizon 3 sold through 2.5 million units, and Forza continued its run as the best-selling racing franchise of this console generation.* Additionally, our online racing community expanded significantly: over three million players joined us online each month and we launched the Forza Racing Championship, an eSports league for players of all skill levels to compete for glory and real-world prizes.

No matter how you slice it, that's pretty great news for one of Microsoft's biggest gaming franchises, not to mention a testament to its staying power.

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