Forza Motorsport 7 launched back in September to critical acclaim. Our own reviews of the game on both Xbox One and Windows 10 were very positive. Forza Motorsport 7 is one of the most high-profile racing games of the year, and not to mention a very big release in general. For this reason, the recent report from VGChartz showing its first-week physical sales is rather alarming.
According to the aforementioned report, it appears that the game only managed to hit 176,150 units sold in its first week on the market at retail. This number is a combination of sales figures from major markets (US, EU, and JP). This number puts Motorsport 7 at the bottom of the list for the first week sales of all nine of the Forza titles. 2009’s Motorsport 3 on the Xbox 360 comes above it at 209, 389 units, while the award for the highest first-week sales goes to 2011’s Motorsport 4, also on the 360, that came in at 515,859 units.
So, what could be the reason for the series’ apparent fall from grace? Some have pointed to franchise fatigue as being the problem since the Forza series has been getting annual releases for a while now. This could potentially be the case, but the first-week sales of last year’s Forza Horizon 3 are the second-highest for the franchise with 406,753 units. So, could there be another reason? Well, this could potentially have something to do with Xbox Play Anywhere.
Xbox Play Anywhere is a Microsoft service that allows select titles to be played on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. So far this service has been utilized with first-party titles only, including Forza Motorsport 7 and Horizon 3. Seeing that it just started last year, it’s now had time to grow. So, it could be possible that a lot of folks ended up getting Motorsport 7 digitally since that’s the only way to take advantage of the Xbox Play Anywhere service. Whether that be Xbox One players who own a gaming PC or just PC-only players who’s only option is to buy the game digitally.
Microsoft has not yet released sales numbers for the game, so this information is being considered as a rumor for the time being.