Need for Speed may have done well in theaters and on the video game consoles, but it’s not held a candle to Forza 5 sales, which have been so brisk that Microsoft announced it’s become the fastest-selling racing game in the history of the Xbox platform.
For those of you taking notes at home, that means Forza 5 has sold faster on Xbox One than any racing game on Xbox 360 or the original Xbox. Yes, that includes Midtown Madness (RIP, we loved you).
Forza Motorsport 5 has been embraced by Xbox One fans worldwide, with more than one-third of console owners purchasing the game since its November 22 launch. That Forza 5 sales figure makes it the best-selling racing game by console attach over the past decade.
Since launch, the Forza Motorsport community has been busy and their lifelike Drivatars have worked tirelessly to populate friend’s races and challenges. In total, Drivatars have competed in more than 1 billion races since launch, showcasing that Forza Motorsport and Xbox are home to the most passionate fans of racing video games. In tandem, players have amassed 653 million road miles; which is equivalent to circling the Earth 49,223 times. Players have also participated in more than 94 million races, putting in a combined 8 million hours of total gameplay.
The robust livery editor tools have been embraced by the Forza Motorsport community, from both content creators to fans that simply want to customize the cars in their garage. Community members have created hundreds of thousands of liveried cars, comprised of more than 66 million individual design layers.
Speaking of Forza 5, Road America, one of the world’s premier tracks, will arrive as the first track add-on update for Forza 5. Available for free, Forza Motorsport fans can take a spin on the legendary high-speed straights and challenging turns on one of the oldest and most distinguished of all the tracks in North America, brought to life in spectacular detail and functionality on Xbox One.
Road America is being offered as a fully-integrated addition into the Forza Motorsport 5 experience and will be automatically added into the Career events for the racing career. Players will be able to take part in races on the circuit in both the main Career events as well as Career bonus events which are available after a Mini-Career series is complete.
In addition, for the first time in Forza Motorsport, Road America will also feature four alternate ribbons that will test the limits of each player’s skill. Players will also now find new Road America-themed events in Rivals Mode and in the multiplayer lobbies.
Also now available is the Road America Booster Pack, featuring five cars to collect, drive and customize in Forza Motorsport 5. This five-car pack is a free bonus to Forza 5 Car Pass owners, and is in addition to the six monthly DLC packs that Car Pass owners will receive through May 2014. The five cars include the 2006 #2 Audi Sport North America R8, 1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1, 1968 Ferrari 365 GTB/4, 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1, and the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series.