FORZA HORIZON 4

  • Forza Horizon 4 is a 2018 racing computer game developed by Playground Games and published by Microsoft Studios. It was released on 2 October 2018 on Xbox One and Microsoft Windows after being announced at Xbox’s E3 2018 conference.
  • The game is set in a fictionalized representation of areas of Great Britain. It is the fourth Forza Horizon title and eleventh installment within the Forza series. The game is noted for its introduction of adjusting seasons to the series.
  • Race through the last word street racing scene at dizzying speed! Have fun winning the racer collection of your dreams. Pick an occasion, choose a lineup of cars from your collection, and begin racing for infamy within the first Forza game for mobile.
  • COLLECT AND UPGRADE ICONIC CARS

Race to gather legendary cars at intense speed – from classic muscle to modern sports and retro supercars – turning your garage into a case of iconic racing cars, with all the fun, attention to graphics detail, and speed Forza is understood for.

  • TRUE CINEMATIC RACING

Streamlined controls specialize in the fun – timing your gas, brake, and boost are the keys to victory, as action cams chase the racing adrenaline up close showcasing amazing graphics. The stunning, best in school, 3D visuals bring the action to life while you’re speeding across the asphalt. It’s a fun, new, and wholly unique way to enjoy Forza.

  • RACE ON YOUR TERMS

Race your collection of cars anytime, anywhere. Squeeze during a fun, quick one minute race, or dive into immersive story-driven events with multiple paths to victory within the cars you’re keen on. New controls let you easily race with the tap of a finger to control your gas, brake, and boost. Forza Street has something fun for you any time you are feeling like racing at high speed and boosting across the finishing line to victory.

Additional Game Features

  • Burn rubber on the road while you speed through streets to gather and upgrade iconic cars. Pit your collection against the world and compete in 1v1, point to point races to climb the ranks, and top the leaderboards. Additional in-game events will always keep the action fresh and fun!
  • Collect, Customize, Compete with, and Upgrade quite 50 real cars from top international car brands. Supercars from Lamborghini and McLaren. American Muscle cars from Chevrolet and Dodge. Sports cars from BMW and Porsche. And Street racers from Nissan and Ford. Build out your garage with cars from each category to require on the various Story mode bosses.

Gameplay

Forza Horizon 4 may be a racing computer game set during an open world environment based in a fictionalized Great Britain, with regions that include condensed representations of Edinburgh, the Lake District (including Derwentwater), and therefore the Cotswolds (including Broadway), among others, and features currently over 670 licensed cars. The game features a route creator which enables players to make their own races. The game takes place during a synchronized shared world, compared to the AI-driven ‘drivatars’ from its predecessors, with each server supporting up to 72 players. The game is also playable in offline mode.

Players have the chance to shop for in-game houses that unlock new items, cars, and game-play perks. The game features a dynamic weather system that also depicts the change of seasons. The environment within the world will change counting on the season: for instance, Derwentwater would freeze over in winter and permit players the power to drive on the ice to reach areas of the sports world that might be inaccessible during all the opposite seasons. The seasons are fixed across the game’s servers, meaning that each one player will experience equivalent conditions at an equivalent time. After completing a prologue series of events that introduce players to all or any four seasons, the shared-world seasons will change hebdomadally, with the changes happening on Thursdays at 2:30 PM GMT. The season changes are forewarned to players within the game with a countdown clock, which, when finished, will trigger a brief cinematic cutscene showing the previous season changing to the new one, although the cinematic will be delayed for players who are in the middle of an event or activity.

Returning from Forza Horizon 3, Wheelspins are prize spins with random rewards ranging from cars, Credits (in-game currency), emotes, horns, and clothing. Wheelspins are rewarded from progressing through the story and completing certain seasonal challenges. These can also be bought in the Forzathon shop. Super Wheelspins, enhanced versions of Wheelspins with better prizes, are also given for completing parts of the story and seasonal challenges. Super Wheelspins can also be bought in the #Forzathon Shop. Also returning from the past two games, British drum & bass label Hospital Records provided a soundtrack composed of 20 original tracks from various label artists, as well as an unreleased track by Fred V & Grafix titled “Sunrise”, made for the game’s opening cinematic. The soundtrack album was released on 26 October 2018.

The game features a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

Owing to licensing issues, vehicles from Mitsubishi Motors and Toyota (including Lexus marque with the exception of some offroad racing and pre-customized trucks and Subaru BRZ) weren’t present in the base game, but updates released in 2019 re-introduced these brands; Mitsubishi returned on 15 January 2019 with the release of the Free Mitsubishi Motors Car Pack DLC. That same day, however, two dancing emotes (“Carlton” and “Floss”) were far away from the sport thanks to lawsuits filed by those dances’ creators against Epic Games for his or her use of the dances as emotes in their game Fortnite Battle Royale. On 19 November 2019, the official Forza Motorsport Twitter account announced that Toyota cars would be returning to the Forza series in the Series 17 update of Forza Horizon 4 on 12 December with the discharge of the 1998 Toyota Supra RZ.

Content and gameplay updates

  • There are two downloadable content expansions for the sport. The first of those, Fortune Island, was released in December 2018. It includes a new map, a range of additional cars, and adds extreme weather conditions to the game, along with a treasure hunting campaign in which players find treasure chests to earn up to ten million Credits. The second, Lego Speed Champions, was announced at E3 2019 and released on 13 June 2019. Similar to the Forza Horizon 3: Hot Wheels expansion, it is based on the Lego brand’s Lego Speed Champions toyline featuring Lego toy versions of real cars, a map “built” with various Lego pieces, and its own separate campaign. It also added a new in-game radio station, Radio Awesome, which is dedicated solely to playing The Lego Movie theme song “Everything Is Awesome” by Tegan and Sara featuring The Lonely Island.
  • The Series 5 update in January introduced the Free DLC Mitsubishi Motors Car Pack. It included 7 new cars and added a replacement 10-mission campaign called Isha’s Taxis.
  • Three car packs have also been released as of 9 April 2019, one including cars from the Bond films, the opposite being a set of Formula Drift cars, and another pack of cars from the Barrett-Jackson Car Pack from Forza Motorsport 7.
  • Every four weeks, at the top of each Spring season, a replacement update for the sport is released introducing new gameplay content, cars, and cosmetic items. The first of those updates, at the top of October 2018, saw the addition of the Route Creator tool and a replacement Horizon Story, British Racing Green.
  • The Series 7 update in March 2019 introduced the Festival Playlist. Players complete daily, weekly, and monthly challenges, including, but not limited to, Seasonal Championships, Playground Games, Ranked Adventure, and Seasonal PR Stunts. While completing these tasks alone earns players rewards, they also contribute to weekly and monthly rewards. 50% and 80% completion of both the Series and the current season rewards drivers with an exclusive car or cosmetic item, usually of the Epic or Legendary rarity. The Festival Playlist has continued to be a neighborhood of every series since its introduction.
  • With the Series 9 update in May 2019, the developers implemented a system to prevent wall riding, the practice of driving into a curved wall on the outside of a corner instead of braking and steering, thus allowing the player to hold more speed through a corner—and high-speed collisions in online multiplayer. 
  • The system predicts the occurrence of a collision between two cars with an outsized difference in speed and ghosts the faster vehicle, preventing rammings (both intentional and accidental). The anti-wall riding measures include slowing down a car in touch with the wall for an extended period of your time, counting on speed, and therefore the predicted distance the player would have traveled if they did not hit the wall.
  • In July 2019, as a part of the Series 11 update, a special Horizon Story was added together with BBC’s Top Gear. The missions, narrated by presenter Chris Harris, provided players with rewards including the “Track-tor” (a race-modified tractor featured serial 25 of the show) and therefore the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6. 
  • The update also saw the return of class-based Rivals modes from previous games in the series, and the ability to track progress in the Horizon Life menu, as well as several new unlockable cars in the game’s Festival Playlist feature.
  • In December 2019, as a part of the Series 17 update, a replacement 72-player battle royale-style mode called The Eliminator was added to the sport. In this mode, players start by driving around the game world in a fairly slow, weak car such as a 1965 Mini Cooper.
  • As players roam the safe zone, they can acquire car drops that contain more powerful vehicles that randomly appear on the map. Players can also challenge other players to head-to-head races to specific points on the map by pointing their cameras at the other’s vehicle and honking their horns. 
  • Players are eliminated from the event if they drive out of the safe zone (which shrinks over time like in other battle royale games) or lose a head-to-head race, where the winner of such has the option to drive the opponent’s car or receive an upgrade. Eventually, when the safe zone shrinks to a certain point, the remaining players will then race to one final point on the map to determine the winner.
  • In April 2020, as part of the Series 21 update, Horizon Promo, a feature previously found in Forza Horizon 2 and 3 where players take in-game photographs of cars using Photo Mode for rewards, made its return to the Forza Horizon series in Horizon 4. In July 2020, the Series 24 update brought a new Photo Challenge feature in the Festival Playlist. This feature would reward players if they took a photo of the specified car in front of the specified location as set out by the Photo Challenge for that week.
  • In July 2020, it was announced that Forza Horizon 4 would be one of a suite of games published by Xbox Game Studios to receive an upgraded version for Xbox Series X through Microsoft’s Smart Delivery system, which will make the game playable on the new console in 4K resolution at 60 fps.

Reception

Forza Horizon 4 received “universal acclaim” for the Xbox One version, while the PC version received “generally favorable” reviews, consistent with review aggregator Metacritic. The Xbox One version is that the highest-rated Forza Horizon title and is tied with Forza Motorsport and Forza Motorsport 3 as the highest-rated entry in the Forza series based on Metacritic scores.

On 18 January 2019, Playground Games announced that that they had reached 7 million registered users after the launch of Fortune Island expansion. In June 2019, prior to the launch of the Lego Speed Champions expansion, Playground Games announced the game had reached 10 million users. In August 2019 it was then announced that the game had now topped the 12 million player milestone

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