Forza just passed $1 billion in sales

But let’s look at all those numbers they’re throwing around. Turn 10 called its series the “best-selling racing franchise of the console generation,” but it’s easy to make a claim like that when your competition is primarily niche simulation racing titles. We haven’t seen the release of a Gran Turismo game yet this generation, and that could well change the validity of that claim.

The millions of players they talk about are a bit foggy, too. 14 million unique players doesn’t mean much if we don’t know how many of those players are somewhat active.

As for the $1 billion mark, let’s peek at some other franchises here. Halo passed $5 billion back in November of 2015, just after the release of Halo 5: Guardians. Gears of War passed $1 billion back in 2011 following the release of Gears of War 3. In other words, Forza is doing well for Microsoft, but it’s less a money printer and more a vanity project – something the company likes to use to show off its hardware.

Still, I hope it keeps doing well enough for them to keep it going. Without Forza pushing it along, who knows where Gran Turismo would be.

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