The least surprising Xbox announcement this year at E3 2018 (they had 15!) is of course, Forza Horizon 4, the latest installment in what's consistently the contender for best racing game every year. While developer Turn 10 focuses on the main series, the more arcade-like and social sandbox experience has always come with the Horizon sub franchise from developer Playground Games - a studio Microsoft just officially acquired.
Playground appeared on stage to release the Forza Horizon 4 reveal trailer, but followed up it up with a gameplay presentation on the key features of sequel: dynamic seasons, a shared open-world where all players experience that same weather, and the new setting of Britain. Horizon 4 features over 450 cars and you can see a few in the gameplay footage below.
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The world of Forza Horizon 4 changes completely with each season, altering not only track conditions, dynamic weather, and the aesthetic of the environments, but the events are different each season too. Every player exists in the same shared open world, meaning the seasons and weather are experienced by all. And every other vehicle you see, is another player. It's a smart and groundbreaking move to push that social experience and allow all active players to experience content and events together.
Forza Horizon 4 lets players not only customize the game's insane amount of beautiful, drivable vehicles but they can also outfit their driver with new clothing and emotes, own property, and create custom race routes for the community. Players can enjoy the game's connected world solo or play cooperatively, and there are casual and competitive multiplayer matching to take on the best drivers out there.
Below are some screenshots highlighting the environments, weather conditions, seasonal and day/night effects and more:
Forza Horizon 4 supports native 4K and HDR on Xbox One and PC (it's a Play Anywhere title) and here are it's pricing options:
- Standard Edition: $59.99, £49.99, €69.99 (retail and digital)
- Deluxe Edition: $79.99, £69.99, €89.99 (digital only)
- Ultimate Edition: $99.99, £89.99, €109.99 (retail and digital)
- Game Pass*: “Forza Horizon 4” will be included in Xbox Game Pass at launch as part of the $9.99 monthly subscription to the service
Forza Horizon 4 releases on October 2, 2018 for Xbox One and PC, and will launch same day as part of Xbox's Game Pass.