It’s been common knowledge for a while now that the simulator market has been exploding lately. Even with clear parody games like Surgeon Simulator, Goat Simulator, I Am Bread, and more, legitimate simulation games have also become more popular, ranging from railroads to Farming Simulator 2017, which now has over a million players.
Farming Simulator 2017 is the latest iteration of the Farming Simulator series, and apparently it’s gotten popular enough that over a million players currently own it. Half of these players are on the PC, while the rest are on the game’s other platforms, the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One. The sales from the game when it’s been out for less than a month is double what the previous games sold over two years.
However, the one million players are fairly localized, with most of the players that own the game being from Germany, Scandinavia, and England after topping sales there. However, considering that Giants Software, the developers of Farming Simulator 2017, are European, that’s not really much of a surprise.
The game allows players to take the controls of over 250 different farming vehicles from over 75 different manufacturing companies, while working on their own personal farm as you grow your crops, plow your fields, take care of animals, participate in forestry, and just in general run your own business as a farmer.
The Farming Simulator games are much like other games that involve running your own business, suck as Euro Truck Simulator and American Truck Simulator, two identical games by SCS Software that both involve creating your own trucking business, making deliveries, and more. There are also train simulators, where you run a train station.
While a farming simulator or some of the more serious simulator games that have been released in the past few years may not be interesting enough to many players, if you think that Farming Simulator might be right for you, you can currently find it on Steam for around thirty dollars.