Microsoft today announced that the Forza franchise has reached a major milestone. The franchise has exceeded $1 billion in retail sales as of December 2016. This news brings to an end an amazing year for Forza as it saw more than 14 million unique players involved in the community on Xbox One and Windows 10 by the end of last year. Forza continued its run as the best-selling racing franchise of this console generation while Forza Horizon 3 sold more than 2.5 million units. It’s also mentioned in the announcement that more than three million players joined the online Forza community every month.
“Since the beginning, Forza has combined stunning graphics, racing’s leading simulation engine, and an emphasis on fun and accessibility,” said Phil Spencer, the Xbox head at Microsoft, adding 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.”
Last year also saw the launch of the Forza Racing Championship, an eSports league for players of all skill levels to compete for bragging rights and real-world prizes. It has proven to be quite popular among the Forza community.
This goes to show that one of the biggest racing franchises for the Xbox and Windows has immense potential and staying power. It goes without saying that there’s a lot more to come and Forza fans should certainly stay tuned to see what the company has in store for them this year.