Microsoft announces Forza Horizon 4 for Xbox One and PC

Forza Horizon 4 — the imaginatively named sequel to 2016’s Forza Horizon 3 — has officially been announced for both the Xbox One and PC onstage at Microsoft’s E3 presentation.

In keeping with the tick-tock cadence of the mainstream, ultra-realistic Forza Motorsport titles and the more laid-back Forza Horizon series, Forza Horizon 4 is an arcade racer. Instead of worrying about giving the most authentic driving experience possible, returning Forza Horizon developer Playground Games puts players behind the wheel of a plethora of vehicles and gives them free rein to drive, drift, and explore both the cities and countryside of Britain in dozens of ludicrously fast and expensive cars.

New to Forza Horizon 4 are dynamic seasons, which will change throughout the course of gameplay and dramatically affect how the world looks and how cars will drive. Forza Horizon 4 also features a shared open world, where the other cars that players encounter are actually other players, who’ll you’ll be able to race against and with in real time.

Additionally, Forza Horizon 4 is optimized for the Xbox One X’s 4K firepower, which, if the earlier games in the series are anything to go by, means that it should look pretty great when it’s released.

Subscribers to Microsoft’s monthly Xbox Game Pass subscription will also get access to Forza Horizon 4 at no additional cost when it launches on October 2nd.

Forza Horizon 4 is set for release on October 2nd for Xbox One and PC.

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It’s online only

the last one was too, in that it required a connection to play.

"On Windows 10, you can install Forza Horizon 3 and play offline on your main device (usually the first device you install the game on). … You can only be signed in at one place at a time while playing Forza Horizon 3, or any other title that supports Xbox Play Anywhere."

Not true. The developers have now said if you wish to play single player with no online connection you can with other cars being "drivatars" just like Forza Horizon 3. If you are online and select the default option the map instead gets populated by up to 72 real players per server but that is all hidden from the user, you can’t pick servers etc.

No mention of the 60fps mode on the X?

They mentioned it during the gameplay portion on stage.

It’s official for the X, 60 fps.

I really enjoyed Forza 3 but I would hope they would go to Japan. Honestly this is one of the best arcade racers I ever played.

There’s really no reason to prioritize Japan as a locale for Forza Horizon because nobody in Japan would play the game in the first place, nice as it might be. Folks in the UK would at least have the chance to play this.

It’s true, XBox sales are non-existent in Japan. Barely another even knows what it is.

So excited for this. I’m curious to know how many people can play on the same map , it looks like it’s quite a few.

72 person servers they have said, you don’t have to join it automatically puts you in one. If you aren’t friends or team up with other cars the other cars can’t do stuff like knock you out or bump you etc. they ghost right through you. If you want to play online, or they are having server issues etc. it will play single player with drivetars just like Forza Horizon 3.

Hmm that’s interesting. It’s cool that you won’t have to deal with griefers.. but it’s also one of those things that takes you out of the world too. In FH2 and 3, you can avoid most AI drivers, but they would still do unexpected things and accidentally hit you in transit. That’s what I expect to happen in real life, not just avoid all issues. I fear that may paradoxically reduce the feeling of immersion in the game, even when surrounded by real people.

I’m not an Xbox owner or a racing fan (outside GTA and the old school RoadRash on Genesis I’ve never played a racing game I thought was fun) but this one done right, in VR would sell me an Xbox and headset. Love the idea of a shared open world, but on a 2d tv, meh.

Oh and I know those two game franchises weren’t technically racing games, but that’s why I liked them.

This game is already incredible on a 2D TV (well.. Horizon 1-3 were – and I can’t see them screwing up this in any major way)

Horizon 4 in VR would be incredible! I’d literally finally buy into VR just for that.

Oh I’m not saying it won’t be great for the fans on a 2d tv, just I have no appreciation for playing racing games in that format.

But damn, a VR headset with a streering wheel, etc, wow. I would probably even get extreme and get an old clunker, non op it and hack it into a fancy "VR Room".

Honestly Japan would’ve been a much better place for it to take place. The UK portrayed here looks a bit too similar to FH3 just with seasons on top of it. Japan would’ve been a nice change.

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