Forza Horizon 5 had ‘the biggest first week in Xbox history’

Microsoft has confirmed that Forza Horizon 5 has seen the biggest launch of any Xbox title in the company’s history, with 10 million players jumping into the Playground Games’ beautifully recreated Mexican landscape within its first week.

In a tweet from the official Forza Horizon Twitter account (below), the company confirmed that it was the biggest launch of a game in Xbox history, which of course also means that it has broken these records for Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Studios -game.

Prior to the announcement, Xbox boss Phil Spencer also recently revealed that the game had experienced the biggest launch day of any Xbox Game Studios game ever. The open world racing game gathered over 4.5 million players in its launch week, where it also featured maximum simultaneous player counter heights over three times the size of its predecessor Forza Horizon 4.

As with all Xbox Game Studios games, Forza Horizon 5 was released for Xbox’s popular Xbox Game Pass subscription service, meaning subscribers could access the game at no extra cost from day one.

While some have questioned the financial viability of a service like Game Pass, Spencer recently explained that the platform is proving to be “very, very sustainable.” That news is likely to please those who are currently signed up for the service – especially if it turns out to be the case in a year when Microsoft itself announced that subscriber growth has slowed.

While Horizon 5 continues to break new records, Playground Games also recently announced that it continues to add elements to the game that will increase inclusivity and make the game more accessible to a wider range of players. In addition to its basic accessibility features currently available in racing sim, the Horizon 5 is also set to add an on-screen sign language interpreter to the game in a future update.

IGN recently reviewed Forza Horizon 5, where we awarded it a rare score of 10/10, calling it “the best open world racing game available.” For more from the series, be sure to check out our dedicated Forza Horizon 5 IGN page.

Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him further Twitter.

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