Forza Motorsport beat the series' previous day one player count by 300%

With the help of Xbox Game Pass, Forza Motorsport saw, in some instances, roughly four times as many players on launch than previous entries into the series, according to our data.

Forza Motorsport beat the series' previous day one player count by 300%
Sean Carey

Sean Carey


With Forza Motorsport being the first game in the series to launch into Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, we can now see the true power of the subscription service in terms of player numbers, according to TrueAchievements data.

Looking at TA player numbers, the most popular Forza Motorsport game on launch day prior to this launch was Forza Motorsport 3*, with 25,228 TA members jumping behind the wheel on the day it was released. Forza Motorsport 3 held that title until Forza Motorsport launched on October 10, 2023. Motorsport got a bit of a head start with five days of early access for Premium Edition owners, but when it launched properly joined Xbox Game Pass, it rocketed into the lead.

Forza Motorsport player numbers

Thanks to the lower barrier of entry Game Pass provides, we see a huge spike in players on the official launch day (Day 5 of our graph), with 83,364 TA members having unlocked an achievement in the game by the end of the day.

This is over three times higher than the number of day one players for Forza Motorsport 7, which had 26,979 tracked TA members playing the game when it too came out of early access (Day 5 on the chart). As for previous entries into the series, we see that Forza Motorsport had roughly four times as many players on comparative launch days as Forza Motorsport 5 (17,688) and Forza Motorsport 6 (17,119) and three times as many players than Forza Motorsport 3 (25,228).

While this could be Forza Motorsport's most successful launch yet (in terms of TA player numbers, at least), it's not been the smoothest of rides. Players have reported numerous issues with the game, including frequent crashes, lost career progress, and Forza Motorsport achievements not unlocking. Turn 10 has rolled out one major patch for the game and has promised further improvements.

In our Forza Motorsport review, we didn't come across any major issues and thoroughly enjoyed our time with game, which led Forza Motorsport to be featured on our list of the best Xbox racing games.

*Our data doesn't go back far enough to cover the original Forza Motorsport and Forza Motorsport 2, but given the install base sizes of their respective consoles, it's highly unlikely they beat either game in terms of day-one players.
Written by Sean Carey
Avid Xbox and achievement fan, Sean has committed to playing the best RPGs, racing games, and first-person shooters Xbox Game Pass and his precious free time will allow. Prior to joining TrueAchievements, Sean gained a degree in journalism from Solent University.
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