Forza Horizon 5 is poised to be a massive hit for Microsoft and developer Playground Games. This is according to the racer’s Hall of Fame leaderboard, which already comprises the stats of over 800,000 Xbox and PC users who purchased the Premium Edition and was granted the privilege of early access. Forza Horizon 5 does not officially release until this Tuesday, November 9.
VGC, which spotted the stats, has called Forza Horizon 5 “the first essential game of the generation,” echoing other publications that have published glowing reviews of the open-world racer:
This is the best Forza Horizon has ever been. […]
As a racing game with open-world exploration at its heart, Forza Horizon 5 has far wider potential appeal, and has undoubtedly become the best Xbox has to offer. It remains to be seen if Halo Infinite will challenge this next month, but for now this is the pinnacle of Xbox’s library.
Forza Horizon 5 will also be available to play for Xbox Game Pass subscribers on day one. In addition to gorgeous visuals and a refined single-player mode with all sorts of progression, the game boasts a 500-plus roster of cars at launch.