Amidst all the news about the upcoming Forza Horizon 4 this past month, an impressive stat on its predecessor flew under the radar. According to Ralph Fulton, FH3 has had over 9 million players since its September 2016 launch.
“I think, to date, more than 9 million people have played Forza Horizon 3. But if you’d told me right back around the launch window that that was going to be how it panned out? That’s astonishing; that was beyond wildest dreams territory for this team.”
Grant Orban, senior game designer at Playground, has since reiterated the stat on Twitter. He mentioned it earlier this week, as Horizon 3 re-entered the UK sales charts top ten nearly two years after its release:
Incredible re-entry into the UK Charts from FH3, almost two years after launch. 🔥🔥🔥
9 million players and counting. pic.twitter.com/IRKeYW0k9S
— 𝙶𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝙾𝚛𝚋𝚊𝚗 (@THE_GORBAN) July 24, 2018
FH3 appears to hit a Goldilocks spot in the genre. We were big fans in our original review, and the game has since branched off to broaden its appeal. The Hot Wheels expansion no doubt played a significant role there.
Needless to say, it’s an impressive figure. It doesn’t give any insight into the sales numbers of the game, however. We do know that FH3 hit 2.5 million sales way back in December 2016, shortly before Forza became a billion-dollar franchise.
There’s a solid chance Horizon 3 is the best-selling racing game this generation to not featured a moustachioed former plumber. Polyphony Digital recently announced Gran Turismo Sport has had around 5.5 million players, and we have a rough idea of the game’s sales figures: circa 3.4 million. A similar ratio puts FH3 at roughly 5.5 million sales, but it’s impossible to say for certain without official stats.
What does this mean for the UK-based Horizon 4? It certainly has some big shoes to fill, both commercially and critically. FH3 is currently the highest-rated Xbox exclusive on Metacritic. In fact, it’s the highest-rated racing game this generation outside of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
This latest milestone suggests there’ll be a lot of interest in FH4 (and its four seasons). It will be interesting to see how racing game fans receive it, and what sort of impact it has on the FH3 player base. We’ll find out October 2.
Featured image courtesy of TheAdmiester.