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Forza Horizon 4 is an open-world racing game developed by Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios, and is set in Great Britain.

It was announced during Microsoft's E3 2018 briefing and was showcased with a new seasons feature, which alters the game world across spring, summer, autumn, and winter. As well as showcasing co-operative racing and a Great Britain setting, a 60 frames per second mode was unveiled.

It was released on October 2, 2018 for the standard and Deluxe Edition, and on September 28, 2018 for the Ultimate Edition. A demo was released on September 12, 2018 for Xbox One and Windows 10.

Setting

Spring map - Forza Horizon 4
Winter map - Forza Horizon 4

The title is set in a "heavily-stylised version of Britain" within Scotland and the Lake District of North West England. It features Edinburgh and villages in Cotswolds as one of many locations.

Environments and weather types are determined by dynamic seasons that include spring, summer, autumn and winter. Depending on the season, players may have access to new temporary locations such as a frozen lake in winter or dried-up rivers during the summer. Weather temperature also has an effect on handling.

Seasons last one week in real-time, rotating in the normal order, and are Playground's main channel for adding content to the game. If in the game during the transition, players receive a countdown that culminates in a quick cutscene.[1]

Free-roaming Drivatars from previous titles were replaced by other human players. A total of 72 players can be found within a game session, with all players syncing the same time of day, season and weather, although it is also possible to create a private session. Players may quickly engage in activities with other players via the Quick Chat feature.

Progression

The title's campaign is split-up by the title's four seasons that offer different events and activities. It may be completed through solo or co-op play.

Horizon Stories allows players to partake in driving opportunities given by characters from the Horizon Festival. They include stunt driver montages, car documentary shoots and more.

Horizon Life gives objectives and rewards players for photographing, tuning and painting vehicles, as well as for streaming via Mixer. It is an online shared world that can support up to 72 players. When racing in online mode, cars pass through players rather than crash (unless they are friends, or part of a player-created convoy).

Achievements

Main article: Forza Horizon 4/Achievements

There is a total of 55 achievements worth 1000 Gamerscore, covering aspects of single player and multiplayer.

Other Features

  • Custom player routes that are created and shared via the Route Creator.
  • Purchaseable Player Houses and businesses with new items and gameplay perks.
    • There are a total of 12 houses players may choose from. Car customizations take place at home, and players have access to a variety of both cosmetic and gameplay-influencing perks. Two mentioned houses are Huntsman Lodge and Edinburgh Castle.[2]
  • Player character customization that consists of 14 preset characters, 500 apparel choices, and 50 emotes.
    • Clothing comes in a variety of colors and rarities and can be used by either gender, with some more outlandish than others. Items can be obtained either via direct purchase (unknown if this includes real-world money) and/or by completing challenges.[3]
  • Drift Suspension as additional Upgrade option.
  • A "Horizon Solo" button to instantly disable online features.[4]
  • Showcases return, where players can race against completely unique vehicles such as a giant hovercraft.

Forzathon

Main article: Forza Horizon 4/Forzathon

Forzathon Live is an hourly-rotated multiplayer game mode that can be joined by up to 12 players. It gives players group objectives that must be completed before time runs out. Upon completion of an objective - determined by the team achieving a high enough score - players get to a higher stage, with stage three being the highest.

Forzathon points are given out equally to all players, and can be spent at the Forzathon Shop for rewards.[5] The shop items refresh with every season, though do not have exclusive items. No real money purchases will be available.[6]

Daily and Weekly Challenges are also available, with the former focusing on achievements and the latter on mastering specific vehicles.

Cars

Main article: Forza Horizon 4/Cars

Over 450 cars from more than 100 licensed manufacturers are featured, with the McLaren Senna and Land Rover Defender 90 being the cover cars. Each car has a skill tree with up to 16 perks, with each car leveling up separately. Cars can be sold on the Auction House.[7]

Downloadable Content

Main article: Forza Horizon 4/Downloadable Content

The Deluxe Edition offers additional downloadable content over the standard release:

The Ultimate Edition features all of the above along with the following content:

Updates

Main article: Forza Horizon 4/Update history

Trivia

  • The E3 2018 trailer features I Can See For Miles by Surfing The Apocalypse, which is a condensed cover of I Can See For Miles by The Who.

Media

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Videos

References

  1. "Forza Horizon 4 Shows Off Frosty Winter Gameplay, Car Mastery, Forzathon Shop, More". wccftech.com. Retrieved 07/24/2018.
  2. "Forza Horizon 4 Shows Gorgeous Summer Gameplay, Details Houses and Character Customization". wccftech.com. Retrieved 07/11/2018.
  3. "Forza Horizon 4 Shows Gorgeous Summer Gameplay, Details Houses and Character Customization". wccftech.com. Retrieved 07/11/2018.
  4. "‘Forza Horizon 4’: Britain Will Weather Diverse, One-Week Seasons". fandom.wikia.com. Retrieved 06/21/2018.
  5. "Forza Horizon 4: Every Season Is Racing Season - IGN First". au.ign.com. Retrieved 06/11/2018.
  6. "Forza Horizon 4 Shows Off Frosty Winter Gameplay, Car Mastery, Forzathon Shop, More". wccftech.com. Retrieved 07/24/2018.
  7. "Forza Horizon 4 Shows Off Frosty Winter Gameplay, Car Mastery, Forzathon Shop, More". wccftech.com. Retrieved 07/24/2018.
  8. "E3 2018: Experience Stunning Seasons and Open-World Adventure in Forza Horizon 4". news.xbox.com. Retrieved 06/11/2018.