Farming Simulator 17 is the world’s #1 farm simulator

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.

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27 Comments

  1. Jokerme says:

    Who knew gamers could like other things than killing people. Wait… is it possible to kill animals in this one? That’d explain the increased sales.

  2. int says:

    #2 may be one of those Korean MMOs.

  3. Freud says:

    You would think the Man Machine genre would get crowded, but seemingly not.

  4. Kommissar Hedgehog says:

    I honestly don’t understand the appeal of this. Part of the advantage of games is that they allow you to enter into situations normal people do not enter into. (commanding armies, flying jet fighters, being the hero etc)

    Farming simulator seems to ignore all of that. What gives?

    • Carra says:

      99% of the population has never ridden with one of those machines. I’d call that a not normal situation.

      • Blackcompany says:

        And there’s that…sublime unreality…aspect to doing something so utterly mundane that is also something you would never have the opportunity to explore in your daily life despite its implicit presence therein. Its a feeling I sometimes liken to reading a Neil Gaiman novel (or a particularly exception piece of Urban Fantasy, such as Alex Verus): That feeling that this both is, and is not, your world, simultaneously real and fantastical at the same time.

        Gaming can be wonderful. Now I wonder whether I might actually enjoy a farming sim. After all, ETS2/ATS are among my all time favorite games…and I used to scoff at both of them before I tried the demo.

        • ButteringSundays says:

          Still not getting it.

          People don’t play these games as some form of ironic self harm.

          Some folks like the idea of, and act of, driving industrial vehicles and managing a farm.

          It’s not complex, no study is required or a thesis demanded. Different strokes for different folks.

    • Baines says:

      ‘Normal’ people are about as likely to enter large scale farming as they are long haul transfer truck driving. The author of this article liked being able to cut down trees and stack them via loadlifter. How often do you believe she’s done that in her regular life?

      Not that the answer to that last question actually matters, as sims also appeal to people who already do that kind of stuff in their regular life. Both current and ex-truckers play truck driving sims. Pilots play plane sims. Etc.

      And some people just enjoy the idea of farming, even if they might never stand the hassles involved in reality. Games offer a simplified and more practical solution. (Look also to the success of less sim-based farming games like Harvest Moon.)

    • ButteringSundays says:

      You argued yourself out of that viewpoint by including ‘fly a jumbo jet’. Pilots are as real as farmers, FYI.

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      Grizzly says:

      Farming Simulator over here seems to be most popular amongst the children of farmers: It allows them to drive the equipment they see everyday but aren’t yet allowed to drive.

  5. stryker777 says:

    FS 15 had crappy physics, as did FS 2013 and FS 2011. I understand FS 17’s physics is still sh1t. I’ll buy FS 17 on a $5 Steam sale or from some Steam customer wanting to be rid of it cheaply.

    • KDR_11k says:

      The physics mostly freak out when you’re doing un-simmy things in the first place so I guess the devs don’t care too much. Most of the weird physics interactions come up in situations where the realistic outcome would require destroying your vehicle and evidently they don’t want to do that.

      • stryker777 says:

        I’m not doing impossible or weird things. For instance, I’ve simply turned the vehicle, such as the frontloader, and seen it launch high into the air and get stuck in a tree. I was going at very low speed. There have been other occurrences, but that’s the most recent.

  6. peterako1989 says:

    Its the only one I thing it doesn’t qualify as shovelware

  7. Robert The Rebuilder says:

    I would offer that, at 1.7 million units sold, Stardew Valley is the world’s #1 farming simulator.

    Link: link to steamspy.com

  8. CartonofMilk says:

    Is this simulator accurate enough that it’s possible to go bankrupt due to persistent cold weather, droughts or globalization? Do you get to see your life’s work go down the drain and your marriage break apart and can you opt to commit suicide through an apparent farming accident so that your family can get the insurance money? In France, a farmer commits suicide every other day. In Canada, the US and UK, farmers suicide rate is estimated to be 3 times higher than in the normal population. It’s one of the most stressful job in the world and as the expression goes “there’s only seating for one on a tractor”. It’s a lonely job and farmers nowadays aren’t getting the psychological help that’s needed. The irony that someone playing a farming simulator may find it relaxing…

    I’m getting off my soapbox, i know it’s not the place, if i seem bitter about it it’s because it’s affected people i’m close to. But i get it, we play war games all the time and everyone is aware war is anything but fun….but i guess the difference is we’re all aware of this, but the romanticization of farming gives the impression it’s some sort of idyllic job. Have fun playing your make believe farming life, just be aware that people who do it for real often end up looking down the barrel of their own gun, never mind the oncoming wheel of their tractor.

    • brucethemoose says:

      People play games because they are a fantasy, not a simulation of harsh reality.

    • USER47 says:

      “…It’s a lonely job and farmers nowadays aren’t getting the psychological help that’s needed…”

      They can get as much psychological help as anybody else. Yeah, farming is certainly a stressfull job with lots of financial risk, but so are many others.

    • goodpoints says:

      Dustbowl Simulator 1936

      Are you a bad enough Okie to save your family from being tractored out by the cats?

      Honestly, the closest thing to a video gaming reflection on the hardships of agricultural societies is Banished, unfortunately it’s generally shit as an agricultural simulation. e.g. the devs have consistently refused to add any soil fertility or crop rotation mechanisms claiming it would be too realistic and NotFun, except frickin’ Rune Factory had it soooo

      Personally I just want something like Manorial Reeve Simulator or Enclosure Tycoon 1516

  9. brucethemoose says:

    That’s one hell of a niche.

    Maybe these sales will raise some eyebrows, and we’ll see more sim-like games from other devs in the future.

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