Forza Horizon 5 crosses 10 million players as the largest Xbox Game Pass launch ever

Forza Horizon 5 Release Screenshot
Forza Horizon 5 Release Screenshot (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

What you need to know

  • Forza Horizon 5 is an epic open-world racing game from Playground Games and Xbox Game Studios.
  • As one of the highest-rated and well-received games of 2021, Forza Horizon 5 has been smashing records.
  • On Thursday, Playground confirmed that FH5 has enjoyed the largest launch in Xbox and Xbox Game Pass history.
  • Less than 10 days after its initial launch, Forza Horizon 5 already has over 10 million players!

Forza Horizon 5 is indubitably one of the best Xbox games you can play, and has amassed widespread critical acclaim across the board (including from us!). Forza Horizon 5 had already crossed 4.5 million players within its first 24 hours of being officially available, but now it has been confirmed that FH5 has crossed another incredible milestone — less than 10 days after its release, Forza Horizon 5 now has over 10 million players.

Any game hitting 10 million players is an accomplishment worth celebrating, but Forza Horizon 5 has achieved the feat in record time, apparently making it the largest game launch in Xbox and Xbox Game Pass history. Playground's latest masterpiece deserves it, as well. We concluded in our Forza Horizon 5 review that the studio delivered the "unchallenged champion of open-world racers," with something for almost any player to enjoy.

The game hasn't been perfect, though, with players encountering a variety of bugs and issues in Forza Horizon 5. Playground Games has been working hard to resolve any lingering issues. The first hotfix update for Forza Horizon 5 was just released and aims to solve many early problems.

Forza Horizon 5 is available right now for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming, and is also available through Xbox Game Pass. If you want to learn more about FH5 and why it's one of the best Xbox racing games, be sure to check out our ultimate guide to Forza Horizon 5.

Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.