If you’re a fan of virtual farming, then chances are you’re one of the over one million players that have bought a copy of Farm Simulator 17 [official site]. Giants Software and Focus Home Interactive say that the launch sales of one million units in its first month is almost twice the sales of the previous installment at launch.European sales were particularly strong, with the game being #1 in brick-and-mortar sales on its release day in Germany. These figures do include console versions, mind. Farming Simulator 17 also broke the company’s previous Steam purchase records with over 220,000 digital copies sold.
Farming Simulator 17 isn’t a game for everyone by any means, so it’s impressive it’s sold so well. I’m a big fan of its lumber mechanics and I spent hours methodically chainsawing down, then picking up trees with a loadlifter and stacking them in a trailer. Some might not be entertained by the notion of doing that, but I found it relaxing.
If you want to chop down trees, stack things, and do other farm-related tasks, you can get Farm Simulator 17 for £25.49/29,74€/$29.74 now on Steam.