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Forza Horizon 5 reaches 4.5 million players, biggest launch for Xbox Game Studios ever

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Forza Horizon 5 Screenshot (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Forza Horizon 5 launched in early access on Nov. 5, with a wider launch on Nov. 9, 2021.
  • Head of Xbox Phil Spencer confirmed that Forza Horizon 5 is over 4.5 million players so far.
  • Spencer also shared that Forza Horizon 5 is the biggest launch for Xbox Game Studios so far.

Playground Games' Forza Horizon 5 reached 4.5 million players across all platforms as the largest launch ever for an Xbox Game Studios title. Xbox head Phil Spencer shared the news on Tuesday, adding that it's reaching three times the concurrent players of the prior title, Forza Horizon 4, thanking players and congratulating the development team at Playground Games.

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This number is far exceeding Forza Horizon 4, which saw 2 million players in its first week. Acquired in 2018, Playground Games has worked with Turn 10 Studios on the Forza franchise for years, while another team at Playground Games is also working on a reboot of the role-playing Fable franchise.

Forza Horizon 5 is currently available on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming. In our review, we wrote that "Forza Horizon 5 is the culmination of all of Playground Games' efforts to perfect its craft, and the result is the best open-world racing game you can play. It combines the most beloved parts of Forza Horizon 3 and 4 into one ultimate racer."

For anyone who is just getting started, you can check out our Forza Horizon 5 ultimate guide to get started the right way.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

3 Comments
  • Wow. I booted it up last night. I can see what the fuss is about. Even in performance mode it looks like real life.
  • Yeah, I'm really not a racing game fan myself but Forza Horizon has always been fun and 5 is just excellent.
  • Same here. I'm not a racing game gamer (play occasionally, but loop racing has really gotten boring) but I play FH series.