Update (16/03/2021): Forza Horizon 4 continues to build up momentum on Steam. Over the weekend, it set a new all-time peak record of 25,911 concurrent players, which puts it ahead of Codemasters’ F1 2020.
In addition, the list of the top 10 best-selling games on Steam by revenue earned for the week ending on March 14th, 2021 has also been shared – and Forza Horizon 4 occupies two spots. According to video games industry analyst Daniel Ahmad of Niko Partners, the Standard and Ultimate Editions of the shared open-world racing game occupied the second and fifth positions on the chart, respectively.
In a tweet, he also noted that Forza Horizon 4 on Steam is “outperforming” in Mainland China, South Korea, Russia and Turkey.
Forza Horizon 4 will require a significant boost if it’s to overtake DiRT 3’s all-time player peak record of 40,832 from four years ago – something which could happen as the title is inevitably discounted in future Steam sales.
The original story follows below.
Forza Horizon 4 has set a concurrent player record on Steam of over 20,000 users since its release on Valve’s PC digital distribution platform last Tuesday, March 9th. It’s an impressive feat for the shared open-world racing game, which first launched over two years ago into Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.
As of November 2020, Forza Horizon 4 has been enjoyed by more than 24 million players – a number that’s certain to be propelled even further with the recent Steam launch.
In a tweet thanking its fans both new and old, the official Forza Horizon handle revealed: “Within our first 24 hours on Steam we are one of the most-played racing franchises on the platform.”
According to SteamDB, Forza Horizon 4 achieved a peak concurrent player record of 14,609 on Wednesday, March 10th before smashing that record again the following day. Its current all-time peak count is 20,203 players as of Thursday, March 11th.
Compared to other relatively recent open-world racing games, Forza Horizon 4 has left them all behind in the dust. Need for Speed Heat set an all-time peak of 6,408 players nine months ago, while The Crew 2 set its highest peak of 7,982 concurrent users three months ago. The latest prominent racing game launch, DIRT 5 only amassed an all-time peak of 1,203 players last weekend due to a free-to-play promotion. Project CARS 3 set an all-time peak of 1,218 seven months ago. The remaster for Need for Speed Hot Pursuit has a peak count of 983 players from four months ago.
The only racing game Forza Horizon 4 trails behind is F1 2020, which set an impressive peak count of 24,010 eight months ago. Of course, there’s a chance that this might change in the days ahead as Forza Horizon 4’s player count on Steam will likely continue its rapid growth with the weekend fast approaching.
Pricing for Forza Horizon 4 on Steam starts at $59.99/£54.99/€69.99 for the Standard Edition with the Deluxe Edition retailing for $79.99/£69.99/€89.99. Meanwhile, the Ultimate Edition comes in at $99.99/£84.99/€99.99. All versions of the game feature the Formula Drift Car Pack. Upgrading to Deluxe will add the Forza Horizon 4 Car Pass into the mix, whilst the Ultimate Edition also includes the Best of Bond Car Pack, the Welcome Pack, VIP and both the Fortune Island and LEGO Speed Champions expansions.
Be sure to hit up the official Steam FAQ if you’ve got any unanswered questions about this latest version of Forza Horizon 4. Developer Turn 10 Studios has also posted this roundup of community submitted tips for those who are fresh to the wide-open roads of historic Britain.
You can also check out our article on the Series 33 Update, which is now available across all platforms. It features the 2019 RAESR Tachyon Speed, a street-legal prototype electric hypercar, as well as the 2007 Peugeot 207 Super 2000 rally car.
In addition to Steam, Forza Horizon 4 is available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Windows 10 PC and Xbox Cloud Streaming via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
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