Forza Horizon 4 is the fastest-selling entry in the acclaimed
open-world racing series to date, based on the latest physical sales
data roundup from the UK retail charts. GamesIndustry.biz
reports that Forza Horizon 4 was only “narrowly-behind” Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
in week one sales, with sales just a fraction higher than Forza
Horizon 3 at launch, which released on Xbox One and PC in 2016.
In addition to its launch on Xbox One and Windows 10, Forza
Horizon 4 also saw the franchise make its debut on Microsoft’s highly-touted Xbox
Game Pass subscription service. For £7.99 per month, members get unlimited access
to Forza Horizon 4 and more than 100 other titles all playable on their Xbox
One console for the duration of their subscription.
All in all, Forza Horizon 4 debuted at third on the UK
charts, with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and FIFA 19 leading the charge. It did successfully
beat Spider-Man and Super Mario Party, which meant Forza Horizon 4 was the biggest-selling
console exclusive title sold in the UK last week. In addition, Forza
Motorsport 7 re-entered the UK chart at No. 12 this week, likely due to the
Xbox One X bundle that launched alongside Forza Horizon 4 last week, which
includes digital copies of both titles.
“We're thrilled that Forza Horizon 4 has been so well
received by gamers across the UK,” Xbox UK and Ireland director Harvey Eagle
told GamesIndustry.biz. "Set in beautiful, historic Britain and made by
British studio Playground Games, Forza Horizon 4 is the fastest-ever selling
game of the Forza Horizon series in the UK according to the latest GfK data.”
“We're also seeing a huge uplift in Xbox Game Pass
subscriptions and engagement,” he added. “These achievements are a testament to
the craft and ambition of the latest release of the Forza franchise, the
world's biggest racing IP.”
In terms of Xbox One physical software sales alone, Forza
Horizon 4 was the second-best selling title on Microsoft’s console in the UK
last week. FIFA 19 was on top, followed by Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in third, Project CARS 2
in fifth, Forza
Motorsport 7 in seventh, and F1 2018 in thirteenth.
Overall, last week was certainly a good one for racing game sales at retail. You can find the full UK
Top 40 for the week ending on October 6th, 2018, as well as latest Xbox
One software sales rounded up over on the official GfK Chart Track website.
Microsoft has yet to reveal official sales figures for Forza
Horizon 4, but according to tracking website KudosPrime
the shared open-world racer has already hit 2 million players globally – whilst
Forza Horizon 3 was only approaching one million players within the same time
span when it first released. However, that wasn’t the case for too long, as in
total, Forza Horizon 3 surpassed
10 million players globally.
Xbox Game Pass members likely make up a huge chunk of the
player-base, but its success at UK retail this past week shows that many people
still opted to buy the full physical version of Forza Horizon 4 instead of downloading
it via the subscription service. With both sales counts and player numbers higher
than Forza Horizon 3, that can only be good news for Microsoft and of course Playground
Games, the developer behind the Forza Horizon racing series. Additionally, with
the new ‘Project
xCloud’ game-streaming platform from Microsoft, Forza Horizon 4 will have
the potential to reach millions of new players as the service goes into public
testing next year.
Forza Horizon 4 launched
on October 2nd, 2018 to glowing reviews from critics and fans alike. It’s
currently the highest-rated Xbox One exclusive on Metacritic with a score of 92.
To celebrate its release, Microsoft invited Gymkhana
star Ken Block to the Goodwood Estate to tear it up in his ‘Hoonicorn V2,’
and revealed that the eagerly-awaited Route
Creator for Forza Horizon 4 will arrive on October 25th with the game’s first
major post-launch content update.
In the meantime, be sure to check out our
4 Review, which says “Forza Horizon 4 is the culmination of several arcade
racing experiences fused into the definitive automotive open-world package,
ready to be explored, raced and shared.”
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