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Developer(s) Playground Games
Publisher(s) Microsoft Game Studios
Release date(s) October 23, 2012
Platform(s) Xbox 360
Rating(s) 9/10 (IGN)
Forza Horizon is a spin-off game in the Forza Motorsport series, which was first released on October 23, 2012 in North America. A demo was released on October 9, 2012.

The first trailer for Forza Horizon was leaked on March 3, 2012. It showed several sports cars racing in a open environment based around a musical festival.[1]

It was developed by Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios.

As opposed to other Forza Motorsport titles, Forza Horizon approaches an arcade-style gameplay with slightly tweaked driving physics and an open-world location consisting of numerous terrain types.

A sequel was released in Fall 2014.

Horizon FestivalEdit

Forza Horizon is based around "Horizon Festival", a festival of music and motor racing. The player must become the most popular racer of the event by successfully completing driving stunts, challenges and winning races.

Race EventsEdit

Main article: Forza Horizon/Events

To progress in the game, the player must complete as many Festival Events and Showcase races as possible to increase their popularity rank. After winning a certain number of races, the player must obtain a wristband to unlock more events. These items are rewarded upon beating a specific rival in a Star Showdown event.


Main article: Sponsor Challenges

Sponsor Challenges are a series of driving stunt challenges conducted by sponsors of the Horizon Festival that can be completed anytime in the game. Progress is indicated by ten ranks. Upon completing a rank, the player will be rewarded with bonus credits.

PR StuntsEdit

Main article: PR Stunts

PR Stunts are promotional Horizon Festival events that can be accessed in Horizon Outposts. They include photo shoots, as well as speed and stunt point challenges.


The setting of Forza Horizon is based in Colorado, USA and featured with a day/night cycle. Throughout the map, players will encounter AI traffic and rivalled racers, who can be challenged to quick races. In addition, players can drive through speed traps, partake in Street Races and have the ability to return to the Horizon Festival by using a Horizon Outpost.


Main article: Forza Horizon/Collectables

Players can discover up to nine barn finds and hundred discount signs in Forza Horizon.


Main article: Forza Horizon/Music

Forza Horizon features 3 radio atations each with different music.

Horizon Bass Arena - features dance music from dubstep to electro

Horizon Pulse - features indie festival favourites

Horizon Rocks - features rock music


Main article: Forza Horizon/Car List

Forza Horizon features over 300 cars but does not includes racing cars from other installments. Each car can be customized with performance upgrades and new paint jobs. Tuning setups are absent from the game.


  • Hey Boy Hey Girl (Soulwax Remix) by The Chemical Brothers is played during the trailer.
  • Forza Horizon features dubstep, indie, and rock radio stations.
  • Forza Horizon was the first and only game in the series to receive a T Rating.
  • Players with Forza Motorsport 4 save files will have several bonus cars added to their garage.






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