Forza – the Microsoft-owned racing series, which releases annually – has hit a new financial milestone, developer Turn 10 Studios announced today. By the end of 2016, the long-standing franchise has pulled in over $1 billion USD in retail sales.
That impressive figure joins another one; Forza Horizon 3 – the latest entry, which takes players to the Australian outback – has sold 2.5 million units. According to the NPD Group (via Polygon), that figure helped maintain Forza’s spot as the best-selling racing franchise this generation.
“Since the beginning, Forza has combined stunning graphics, racing’s leading simulation engine, and an emphasis on fun and accessibility,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. “With the Forza series, Turn 10 Studios has built the world’s largest racing community. We couldn’t be more proud of their success.”
According to Turn 10’s studio head Alan Hartman, more than 14 million people were “involved in the Forza community” on Xbox One and Windows 10 during 2016. He also claims that over three million players were online each month.
Forza Horizon 3 released in September 2016 for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Reviewer Tony Hsiang praised the game’s progression systems, and the lush Australian outback that players get to explore.