Forza Horizon 5 Breaks Incredible Xbox and Game Pass Record After Game Awards 2021 Snub

Published 11/19/2021, 6:15 AM EST


Playground Games’ Xbox exclusive, Forza Horizon 5, hit the ground running on its worldwide launch on November 9. Over the week, the fifth installment in the critically acclaimed franchise has done justice to previous titles of the franchise, exceeding expectations in every aspect.

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The gaming community welcomed Forza’s latest game with open arms; however, many, including critics, were awestruck when the title was not amongst the Game Awards 2021 nominees for Game of the Year.

But fans don’t need an accolade to show their love for, potentially, the “Best Sports/Racing Game” of the year. Within a week of Horizon 5’s launch, the game has garnered over 10 million players globally, breaking the records for the first week’s launches for both Xbox and Xbox Game Pass.

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Forza Horizon 5 claims top spot in Xbox history

Forza Horizon 5 launched a little over a week ago. But Premium or Deluxe Edition customers had access to the much-awaited title before everyone else, from November 5, 2021. And at the grand launch, Playground Games and Xbox released it for Game Pass subscribers as well. While also offering a discount on the premium bundles.

And it looks like subscription members made the best out of Xbox’s offer of Forza Horizon 5 Standard Edition at no additional charges. The title is officially the “biggest launch in Xbox history” and also on the Game Pass.

The official account of Xbox congratulated the devs for the achievement and replied to the tweet with a GIF, highlighting the major success of the game and the partnership.

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Forza’s performance at Game Awards 2021

Disappointingly for the many fans of the sensational game, the Forza was snubbed at the most-awaited award show of the year, Game Awards 2021. Nominations for the same were revealed earlier this week and Forza Horizon 5 did not make the cut for the “Game of the Year” nomination.

However, the title was nominated for the “Best Sports/Racing Game.” Against the likes of FIFA 22, F1 2021, Hot Wheels Unleased, and Riders Republic. Horizon 5 also has the chance to win the “Best Audio Design” and “Innovation in Accessibility” titles at The Game Awards this year.

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Tanay Grover

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Tanay Grover, an eSports writer for EssentiallySports, is currently pursuing a degree in technology. Before finding his way into the world of eSports, he worked on Social Media management. An enthusiastic soccer player who never played any other game except FIFA, he found his calling when he started playing Valorant and Pokemon GO.

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