The Xbox racing game franchise Forza joins games such as Halo, Minecraft, Gears of War and Age of Empires in Microsoft’s billion-dollar club.
The Xbox exclusive racing series in December topped $1 billion in lifetime sales since the first game’s release in 2005. Turn 10 Studios, a Microsoft owned company, released Forza Horizon 3 last year, the ninth game in the series. The original Forza Motorsport was released with the launch of the Xbox 360 console.
Racing games have become a staple of game consoles, an accessible genre that can appeal to casual gamers and hard-core racing fans alike. They are typically used to push the limits of the graphical realism that console can produce. Microsoft’s billion-dollar club is led by Halo who has grossed more than $5 billion and been the poster boy Xbox game since the release of the original game in 2001.
Microsoft’s Age of Empires franchise, usually a computer game series, also has sold more than $1 billion. In 2014, Microsoft bought two franchises with more than $1 billion in sales: Gears of War and world-building game Minecraft.