Earlier today Playground Games and Microsoft announced the latest addition to the Forza franchise of games... introducing Forza Horizon 4.
The first output of the newly cemented ownership of Playground Games by industry giants Microsoft, Forza Horizon 4 is set to be the latest edition of the best selling arcade racing game spin off to the popular Forza Motorsport franchise of titles.
Building on the success of the last release, Horizon 4 aims to be bigger and better than the ever before as Playground Games look to incorporate many new features to the series, expanding yet further the themes and gameplay mechanics that have been honed over the previous three titles within the series.
Set to be based in England for the first time, Horizon 4 promises to offer a large and immersive open world map that looks set to take in some of the most historic landscapes found in the UK, from city driving in London to rolling hillsides and beaches, Horizon 4 will continue the recent tradition of launching on both Xbox One, Xbox One X (in 4K) and Windows 10 PC.
With high end graphics and high octane action, the new title is set to contain an impressive array of cars from the history of road and race machines. At the very front and centre will be the stunning new McLaren Senna alongside over 450 cars from 100 different manufacturers, giving fans an enviable opportunity to sample many of the automotive greats (and probably not so great too) cars from different eras, both of the road, race and off road varieties..
As well as the sizable selection of vanilla car content, Horizon 4 should also come with a comprehensive customisation set of tools, allowing players to change liveries, driver gear, settings and setups to suit the environments in which they plan to race.
In terms of what we know so far, it looks like Horizon 4 will feature what the developers are calling "dynamic seasons that change gameplay", which one must assume means both weather and time of day settings, although the exact detail behind this statement has yet to be revealed.
Additionally, and something new to the franchise, players will also have the opportunity to unlock and purchase key property assets within the game world, opening up previously locked gameplay perks and items, adding another element of career like gameplay to the title aside from the main ingredient of car collection and racing.
In terms of online functionality, players can choose to play alone, cooperatively or join multiplayer for casual fun or ranked teams. In addition, integrated Mixer broadcasting and spectating features will be also be present at game launch.
All sounds pretty exciting stuff, stay tuned to RaceDepartment for more information as it becomes known...
Forza Horizon 4 will be released on Xbox and Windows 10 PC October 2nd 2018.
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