Last week, when Microsoft announced the Forza Racing Championship, people were so hyped that they overlooked some interesting and quite amazing facts revealed, number wise, about the Forza online community. When it comes to numbers, people usually only look at sales. Microsoft has revealed the fact that more than 3 million virtual racers play one Forza game or another online each month. That’s a very big number, and we doubt any other racing sim can brag with a stat like this one.
Of course, a contributing factor might be the fact that Microsoft is still keeping up the servers dedicated to the old Xbox 360 console. They haven’t revealed which of the Forza games are played the most or the least and just gave this number as a whole. Another aspect which might lure fans to play one of the Forza games online is the number of interesting eRacing broadcasts made available live online by the franchise, which are watched by hundreds of thousands of viewers. After watching other people race each other online, you normally get the urge to try it yourself and get curious about how well you would do in a similar or even a completely different eRacing event.
The director of Playground Games and the man responsible for the Forza Horizon games, Ralph Fulton, gave this statement, revealing some interesting numbers:
“We have more than 11 million people who have played a Forza game on Xbox One, which creates a massive pool of data from which Drivatars have evolved. Players can expect more nuanced and surprising Drivatar behavior than ever before.”
The games Fulton is referring too are Forza Motorsport 6, Forza Horizon 2 and Forza Motorsport 5, as these are available to play online on Xbox One. Keep in mind, the numbers actually refer to online accounts, and some online players might create multiple log-ins. But this doesn’t change the fact that the developers get a lot of feed back from the community, enabling them to know what the online racers love and hate about their games.
As Forza Horizon 3 will be officially released next month, being one of the most anticipated titles of the year on any gaming platform, we’re curious to see how that will affect the online racing community, both in numbers and feedback.