Forza Horizon 5 Breaks Record As The Largest Launch For Xbox Game Pass With 4.5 Million Players Already On

Posted on November 10, 2021 by Nick Moreno

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In terms of the launch lineup anticipated for Xbox Series consoles this holiday, alongside PC/xCloud/Xbox One, Forza Horizon 5 is what kicks off the season with its new vista taking the Horizon Festival to the densely colorful country of Mexico. To extend that vision, Microsoft in a pre-launch statement shared Dolby Vision support will be ready for launch come this week. Additionally, the game is to also feature themed horns from classic Xbox IPs too.

Ahead of launch, players were already driving across the deserts and landscapes of Mexico thanks to the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition. In that, those that purchase can gain access four days early to the full game – even before Xbox Game Pass owners. From Twitter user @pr3curs0r, the game already welcomed more than 1 million users before day one. Noted, there were some regions that opened its doors to the game which could inflate that number potentially.

But officially, the launch for Forza Horizon 5 stands to be the most impressive for Xbox Game Pass. From Xbox boss Phil Spencer, the new release arrives with more than 4.5 million players already exploring the new playground from Playground Games.

While numbers were not disclosed previously, the new feat made by Forza Horizon 5 overtakes the previous record set by Gears 5 during its 2019 launch. During that, the newest installment arrived by overtaking the release of Halo 4 which was throned the most successful for Xbox since 2012.

From our review for Forza Horizon 5, David Rodriguez states, “Another year, another Forza, it could be so easy to grow weary and exhausted by the sheer amount of Forza titles that have hit the shelves in the past 10 years. […] Forza Horizon 5 is the best game in the franchise, and it also might be the perfect arcade racing game.” You can read the full piece by heading here.

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Forza Horizon 5 is out now for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

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