Well, it’s official: The universally praised Forza Horizon 5 is now the biggest-ever Xbox Game Studios release. Not bad for an arcade racer.
“We’ve invested for years in Xbox so more people can play,” Microsoft head of Xbox Phil Spencer tweeted. “With 4.5+ million players so far across PC, cloud, and console, Forza Horizon 5 shows that promise coming to life. Largest launch day for [an Xbox Game Studio] game, peak concurrent [users are three times higher than Forza Horizon 4, its predecessor]. Thank you, players, and congrats to [Playground Games, the studio that made the game].”
Forza Horizon 5 launched yesterday with a lot of fanfare. But the big news to me is the many ways in which gamers can choose to play the title. In addition to their being three editions for purchase across Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, including on Steam, the Standard version of the title is also available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers on console and PC, and it can be streamed to devices of all kinds via Xbox Cloud Gaming, a feature of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.