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Microsoft's 'Forza' Video Game Francise Tops $1 Billion in Sales (xbox.com) 35

Here's another area where Microsoft, whose cloud services are doing very well, continues to make a lot of money: video games. Microsoft has minted its fifth billion-dollar video-game franchise. The "Forza" racing series in December topped $1 billion in lifetime sales since the first game's release 12 years ago, Microsoft said. From company's blogpost: As of December, more than 14 million unique players were involved in the Forza community on Xbox One and Windows 10, the award-winning Forza Horizon 3 sold through 2.5 million units, and Forza continued its run as the best-selling racing franchise of this console generation. Additionally, our online racing community expanded significantly: over three million players joined us online each month and we launched the Forza Racing Championship, an eSports league for players of all skill levels to compete for glory and real-world prizes. "Since the beginning, Forza has combined stunning graphics, racing's leading simulation engine, and an emphasis on fun and accessibility," said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. "With the Forza series, Turn 10 Studios has built the world's largest racing community. We couldn't be more proud of their success." Other game franchises in Microsoft's billion-dollar club are "Halo," "Minecraft," "Gears of War", and "Age of Empires".
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Microsoft's 'Forza' Video Game Francise Tops $1 Billion in Sales

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  • WTF??? Francise?? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by OzPeter ( 195038 )

    Is MS making $1 Billion in sales by forcing people in Canada to speak French? What sort of video game is this? Does it try and hypnotize you and make you download French tutorials? This sort of shit should be banned from sales.

  • is that when Fran Drescher gets specific about a subject?


    Come on, Slashdot editors, don't you have anyone proofread these before you post them to the front page? Or at least run them through a spellchecker?
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Is it bad that I didn't even notice the typo and my brain just autocorrected that to "franchise".

    • by OzPeter ( 195038 )

      Come on, Slashdot editors, don't you have anyone proofread these before you post them to the front page? Or at least run them through a spellchecker?

      In their defense, in Canadian English, Francise is a valid word.

  • by Penguinisto ( 415985 ) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 @01:01PM (#53866523) Journal

    ...does this mean the overall XBox ROI has finally been reached/surpassed (what, 18-19 years later?)

    • No it does not. The thing about ROI is for there to be a return you need to build something with the investment that makes money. With all the xboxes the more that were sold the more of a loss it made due to being a loss leader. Cumulatively the Xbox is likely still at a loss, and don't forget while we have $1bn in sales here, we have to divide that by 9 games each with an individual investment cost to overcome.

      I believe the only company to make serious year over year profits and well and truly make an ROI

  • Much like Call of Duty, Microsoft is releasing far too frequently which will kill interest.
    • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

      Much like Call of Duty, Microsoft is releasing far too frequently which will kill interest.

      A new Call of Duty comes out every year. I think there's only two Forza titles on the Xbone, one at launch in 2013, and one that was released in 2015. Granted, they also have Forza Horizon, which is a different game altogether (Forza is a simulation game, Forza Horizon is an arcade open-world driving game). Granted, there was also two Forza Horizon games too, one in 2014 and one in 2016.

      But Forza and Forza Horizon pla

  • So if I understand well, the areas where Microsoft if winning money is the one they only invest in? Does this mean that Micro$oft is slowly becoming an investment company?
  • Seriously, I can't help but notice they emphasize monetary value over unit throughput. Not to mention "Forza continued its run as the best-selling racing franchise of this console generation." means jack shit when GT Sport doesn't release until later this year.

If God is perfect, why did He create discontinuous functions?

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