For well over a decade, the Forza series has taken racing to the next level across its Motorsport and Horizon titles, with the franchise having crossed a new milestone in terms of sales since its debut.
In an update from Microsoft, the company announced that the popular racing series has reached total lifetime retail sales of over $1 billion in retail sales, according to data from The NPD Group between November 2012 – January 2017 and pulling sales from across the entire series, between both the traditional racing sim series Motorsport and its open-world companion series, Horizon. In total, these sales mark the series as the “best-selling racing franchise of this console generation,” according to Microsoft.
Specifically, Microsoft also added that as of December 2016, “more than 14 million unique players were involved in the Forza community on Xbox One and Windows 10,” while last year’s Horizon 3 reached over 2.5 million units in sales. In addition, Microsoft also added growth of the series’ online community has been growing substantially with the launch of the Forza Racing Championship, providing an eSports league for players “of all skill levels to compete for glory and real-world prizes.”
Xbox head Phil Spencer explained in a statement that “since the beginning, Forza has combined stunning graphics, racing’s leading simulation engine, and an emphasis on fun and accessibility.” Spencer also added that “With the Forza series, Turn 10 Studios has built the world’s largest racing community. We couldn’t be more proud of their success.”
The series’ most recent release was last year’s Forza Horizon 3, which debuted for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs in September 2016.