Praised by players around the world, Farming Simulator 17 has set a new record in the Christmas rush – one million players have already acquired the game, developed by Giants Software studio and published by Focus Home Interactive on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This is almost twice the sales of the previous instalment at launch, which has since sold over 3 million copies in two years.
PC remains the premier platform with half the sales – the majority of PC players bought their copy in-store, placing Farming Simulator 17 at the top of the store PC charts in many territories including France and Germany.
Farming Simulator is also a record-breaker on Steam, with over 220,000 digital copies sold on this platform. The game is one of the top-played on Steam, with a highly positive user rating (over 90% positive reviews).
Although Farming Simulator 17 released on two consoles, versus four consoles for the previous edition, the game was number one for in-store sales on all platforms on day one in Germany. It also placed at No. 3 in Scandinavia, No. 4 in France and No. 5 in England, despite the competition of blockbuster releases during the same period.
“Reaching one million players in such a short amount of time is simply amazing. It makes us very happy to see that Farming Simulator 17 is being received so well after all the work we’ve put in the game and the additional people we brought on board to make our largest project ever come to life.” “In our publisher Focus Home Interactive, we have a great partner who fully supports our vision of creating a game that lives up to the expectations of our passionate community throughout all stages of development and release, which led to this success”, said Thomas Frey, Creative Director GIANTS Software
“Farming Simulator was always a game for fans, but with Farming Simulator 17 it has expanded into a whole new experience for a wide audience, who needed to be offered new things in video games. Existing fans of the series are already impressed by the improvements and its amazing content. As for newcomers to the series, they discover a really addictive and rewarding title, sharing some similarities in the games’ mechanics between Farming Simulator and other genre reference. Giants Software has done an exceptional job with Farming Simulator 17, and we are very proud to have collaborated with them for five years now. The happiness of these many players is the most beautiful reward for both our companies”, said Cédric Lagarrigue, President of Focus Home Interactive.