Forza Horizon 4 is Steam’s Most Popular Racing Game on its Debut

Forza Horizon 4 28 March 11, 2021 by

Forza Horizon 4 finally made its way to Steam this week, and immediately shot to the top of the rankings for a title in the racing game genre.

The game’s popularity has never been in doubt. It rocketed past ten million players in its first nine months on sale, reaching 12m by the end of its first year. Despite being close to 2.5 years old now, it’s still the most recent title in the Forza series, and this looks like it’ll remain the case for a while yet.

However, that could have impacted on the game’s Steam sales. PC players could already pick up FH4, through the Microsoft Store, and Game Pass meant that they had access to it on PC or Xbox consoles as the mood would take them. DLC and even savegame progress is also transferrable between platforms, whereas Steam players would have to start from scratch regardless of any previous progress or purchases. Nonetheless, with Steam accounting for about 75% of all PC game downloads, it wasn’t exactly a high risk move for Microsoft.

Once again though, FH4 has proved how popular it is, by instantly becoming the top-ranking racing game title by player count on Steam. With as many as 14,000 concurrent players on Steam in its first 24 hours it outranked its nearest competitor, F1 2020, by a ratio of more than 2:1 at both games’ peaks.

Currently it’s within Steam’s top 50 titles of any kind, registering more than 20,000 players today. That’s still some way off the million-plus players on Steam’s top-ranked game, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, but a pretty impressive debut nonetheless.

FH4 is available on Steam now, with prices starting at $59.99 (£54.99/€69.99) for the Standard Edition and rising to $99.99 (£84.99/€99.99) for the Ultimate Edition.

Featured image courtesy of FT-1.

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