Forza is a complicated driving game. It’s the type of game popular with car enthusiasts who like getting their hands dirty in the engine and knowing all the intricate details of each vehicle.
This makes the release of Forza Horizon an interesting entry to the series as it hopes to bring the same impressive driving experience and visuals to a more accessible audience.
Set during a music festival, Horizon brings all the hallmarks of a classic Forza game into the open-world format with challenges, rival races and car customisation.
Fans can drive through the game’s Colorado-inspired landscape, with all the authenticity they’ve come to expect from the Forza franchise.
The game is also being developed by new UK studio Playground Games, which has racer talent from Codemasters, Bizzare Creations and Black Rock, in collaboration with original Forza dev Turn 10 Studios.
“The reaction to Forza Horizon has been very positive with both media and consumers alike,” says Xbox UK product marketing manager Laura Disney.
“Three weeks ago at the Eurogamer Expo we saw hundreds of fans join creative director Ralph Fulton in a developer presentation and live demo of the game, before grabbing a hands-on opportunity themselves.
“Forza is the highest rated racing franchise of this generation so we have high expectations of Forza Horizon,” adds Disney.
There are plenty of new features for consumers to enjoy; including the new focus on competition meets culture. Players can compete in online events designed to showcase skilful driving. New playground games like ‘King’ and ‘Infected’ that transform in an open world environment.
The dynamic day and night cycle makes sure you’re always impressed by the in-game vistas. Driving around the world at night will show fireworks exploding in the distance from the music festival.
Microsoft has plenty in store for the launch of the game including a four-day road trip (See ‘Escape the Grid’). Starting on October 23rd, ten supercars will compete in a series of challenges from France to the UK. The trip begins in Paris and ends in Birmingham on October 26th.
ESCAPE THE GRID
Microsoft has a ‘full throttle’ four-day road trip that sees ten supercars competing in a series of challenges en route from France to the UK. The event will start at the Paris Forza Horizon Gymhhana competition on October 23rd and run until the 26th ending at Top Gear Live in Birmingham.
Dedicated Forza Motorsport 4 fans can join an exclusive VIP program that will open new content in Forza titles. The membership costs 1,200 MS Points and gives five limited edition cars, saves 400 MS points off of the Forza 4 Porsche Expansion pack, and offers exclusive in-game gifts and more. The money goes to charity Save the Children.