Forza Horizon at E3 2012
Forza Horizon has been unveiled to the world! At this week’s Electronic
Entertainment Expo, Microsoft, Playground Games, and Turn 10 Studios lifted
the curtain on the year’s biggest racing game—Forza Horizon—which will be
released exclusively for Xbox 360 on October 23. Forza Horizon represents
not just a new Forza game but a fresh and exciting
direction for the Forza franchise, one that pushes the boundaries of the
racing genre, and sets a new standard of excellence for the Forza series.
All this week at E3, we’re introducing Forza Horizon to the international
press, retailers, and, most importantly, Forza fans all over the
Here’s your look at why Forza Horizon is set to redefine everything you
know about the Forza universe!
Welcome to the Horizon Festival
The Horizon Festival is your backdrop in Forza Horizon, a lively music and automotive festival full of people, music, and the hottest cars around. In Forza Horizon, your goal is simple: Race your way to the top and be
recognized as the best driver at the Horizon Festival. Prove your driving
mettle in the many challenges that will take place through the back roads,
highways, and mountain passes of Colorado and take on increasingly
challenging opponents on your road to the top. In the meantime, you’ll
increase your popularity as your stylish and skilled
driving moves you up the ranks.
The Horizon Festival is also the hub around which Forza Horizon
revolves. Go here to buy or sell cars to and from your personal collection;
design and paint the cars you own using Forza’s incredibly flexible livery
editor; upgrade your cars to take them to the next level of performance;
upload your automotive masterpieces and browse your friends’ in-game
creations. The Festival is the ultimate destination to show off your
favorite cars, experience cutting-edge music, and immerse yourself in the
world of Forza Horizon.
This is Action Racing
Action racing defines Forza Horizon. Throughout the expansive open world
of Forza Horizon, you’ll find new places to explore, new challenges to
tackle, and exciting ways to put your driving skills to the test. Horizon is
more than just a circuit racing game—you’ll be attacking some of the most
challenging and scenic driving roads in the entire world across a variety
of race types—from traditional point-to-point and circuit racing to
specialized events like drifting, stunt driving, and more.
In addition, Forza Horizon will let you take your favorite
cars off-road in a variety of dirt and mixed-surface racing events. There
are more than 60 surface types in Forza Horizon, meaning you can test your
car-handling skills in ways never before attempted in the Forza
And it hardly ends there. Forza Horizon is jam-packed with specialty
events the likes of which you’ve never seen in the Forza series, such as
non-sanctioned street races that take place only at night, pitting you
against the legendary Forza AI in a white-knuckle winner-take-all sprint to
the finish line. There are PR Stunt events that will reward you with
massive credit bonuses for driving with both speed and style. Showcase
events that will pit your car against everything from helicopters to
fighter planes. Smash through fences and drift through civilian traffic on
your way to victory. Unparalleled diversity, an unmatched sense of speed,
and all of it supported by the legendary car handling you’ve come to
expect from the Forza franchise.
Emergent, Open Road Gameplay
The world of Forza Horizon is a vast automotive playground, modeled
after a location that offers one of the most spectacular driving
experiences in the world: Colorado. With an compelling combination of
stunning natural beauty, unparalleled diversity of scenery, and some of the
best driving roads to be found anywhere, Colorado is the ideal backdrop for
Forza Horizon. From the peaks of the Rocky mountains to the expansive
plains that will test your car’s upper limits; the Colorado of Forza Horizon just begs
to be explored and conquered in whichever car you choose.
There are hundreds of roads to choose from in Forza Horizon, each
leading to new events to try, new rivals to face, and new surprises to keep
your hands on the wheel and your foot mashed to the floor. Forza Horizon
will also offer off-road racing, as well as a dynamic day/night cycle that will
test your driving as you explore the expansive roads of Colorado in every
kind of lighting condition.
You’ll be driving against some of the toughest competition around in
Forza Horizon, thanks to the evolution of Forza’s patented Drivatar AI
technology. Weave and dodge through civilian traffic on the open roads.
Chase down the checkered flag and pit your skills against an increasingly
challenging set of AI opponents in your bid for the top. The same complex and personality-driven behavior you
expect from Forza AI has been adapted in Horizon, providing a living world
to explore and exciting challenges to be found around every bend.
Competition Meets Culture
The Forza Horizon Festival is teeming with thousands of music lovers,
car fans, and skilled race drivers looking to make a name for themselves at
the Horizon Festival. This is where automotive culture and music collide--with a cutting-edge soundtrack curated by BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank. Add to this a world of Forza Horizon players via Xbox
LIVE and you’ve got the makings of a social revolution in online racing.
Compare your times and scores with your friends across a huge variety of
multiplayer events. Experience the evolution of Rivals Mode as every event
in Forza Horizon can be raced online. Take traditional playground game
modes like Cat and Mouse and Tag (virus) to the next level in an
open-road world where there are no limits. This is social gameplay set
against the backdrop of a music and car festival. This is where competition
Authentic Forza DNA
The absolute best physics in any driving game available today. Setting
the standard for online play. Unmatched graphical beauty. The open-road
thrills of Forza Horizon are bolstered by the same DNA that
has gone into every Forza Motorsport game. Developers Playground Games have worked to infuse Horizon with unrivaled
innovation, while keeping and improving upon the same heralded Forza features you know and love.
From the moment you pick up a controller in
Forza Horizon, you will feel right at home. Right away you’ll feel, see, and hear
that legendary Forza DNA in every aspect of the game. Cars feel alive as
you push them through the corners. Engines snort and roar and growl
and purr; tires squeal and scream at the limit of grip—this is a feast of automotive audio
delights that’s just as noteworthy as Forza Horizon’s epic musical
soundtrack. And, hands down, Horizon features the most accurately modeled,
beautifully lit cars you'll find anywhere; all travelling through a gorgeous automotive paradise full of stunning diversity and awe-inspiring
scenery. These are roads that need to be driven to be believed.
Forza Horizon is an action racing game that’s bursting with that
authentic Forza feel; an open road racing game with a lively music festival
backdrop. A world that just begs to be explored. Whether you want to cruise
around with your friends with your car’s radio blasting tunes or you want
to push your driving skills to the brink in one of the most brilliant
driving locations ever created, there’s a place for you here. After all, this is Forza Horizon, and this is where cars