Forza Motorsport: Week in Review 8/31/12

Brian Ekberg
Friday, August 31, 2012

We’re one day away from September, with less than two months to go before the release of Forza Horizon! The year has just zipped by as we’ve been busy preparing to release the next great game in the Forza universe and here we are, nearing the finish line towards launch. As we get closer to launch the weeks seem to go by in a flash and this week was no different.  

  

Over the past two weeks, the floodgates of awesomeness have well and truly opened on Forza Horizon. Our regular daily cadence of car reveals (which you can find on our official Twitter  and Facebook feeds) have been going strong. For a wrap-up of every car that’s been announced during the first week, check out the inaugural edition of The Forza Garage: Horizon Edition and be sure and follow us for more daily reveals -- and a chance to win awesome Forza Horizon swag -- in the coming weeks. 

  

This week also saw an avalanche of Forza Horizon previews hit the Web. As I mentioned in last week’s edition of the Week in Review, we’ve spent the past couple of weeks showing off Forza Horizon to press in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles – giving those lucky folks an early peek at the automotive fun that we’ll all be playing when Horizon is released in October. The response from the media has been tremendous. Here’s a partial list of some of our favorite stories and some relevant quotes to whet your appetite: 

  

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 Kotaku

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Community photo contest second place winner from Sulcata Chelone 

CNET:

  

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GameSpot

  

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Shacknews:

  

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Community photo contest third place winner from Larko 84 

 

IGN:

  

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San Jose Mercury News

  

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And last but not least (but perhaps my favorite), a quote from Gaming Examiner: 

  

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Expect to see more press coverage of Forza Horizon in the coming weeks as we lead up to the game’s release. But before that, get ready for... 

  

Forza Horizon at PAX Prime  

Yes, Forza Horizon is in attendance at this weekend’s PAX convention in Seattle. If you’re one of the lucky folks who managed to get a ticket to the show, please come by and get your hands on the demo. I’ll be there, along with Fred, Jav, and Kenan from the Forza Community Team, and we’d love to meet as many Forza fans as possible! Come on by the Xbox booth and search us out – we’ll be the wild-eyed car freaks rocking the Forza Horizon gear and salivating motor oil. Or something like that… 

 

Here's a quick peek at the Forza Horizon PAX action from Friday morning:

 

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September DLC Announced
You know it’s a busy week in the Forza universe when a Car Pack announcement gets pushed down to third place in the Week in Review! Nonetheless, this week’s unveiling of the September Pennzoil Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 4 gives Forza fans eleven – yes, eleven – new reasons to love Forza 4, including BOTH of the ALMS Vipers (one sponsored by Pennzoil and the other sponsored by Forza Motorsport) and nine additional cars just waiting for a spot in your Forza 4 garage. For those keeping score, the September Pennzoil Car Pack marks the twelfth consecutive monthly car pack for Forza Motorsport 4 (starting with the American Muscle Car Pack) – that's more DLC than any previous Forza game. The pack will be released this Tuesday, so get ready to download and enjoy this awesome lineup of cars! 

  

 

Golden Joystick for Forza 4 

We're honored to learn that Forza Motorsport 4 has been nominated for a Golden Joystick award. In 2010 Forza Motorsport 3 took home the Golden Joystick award for "Best Racer" and we're overjoyed to be nominated again. Of course, we'd love to win this prestigious award agai,n so please vote for us!

 

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Community photo contest winner from Firebird Pilot 

 

Made for Mech 

A crazy busy week for me meant that I wasn’t able to dive into last week’s Made for Mech challenge as deeply as I’d hoped, so I’m extending things for another week. For those who missed it, here’s the relevant details:

 

Rivals Mode Event: Revenge of the Giants
Course: Ladera Test Track
Event Type: Traffic
Car: 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
Stock Time: 1:08.872 (dirty)
 

 

The winners will be announced next week, so get to tuning, ya’ll!

 

ALMS Race in Baltimore 

Race fans, don’t miss this weekend’s American Le Mans Series race – the Baltimore Sports Car Challenge presented by SRT. We won’t be holding a Turn 10 Track Day event to coincide – as most of the Forza community will be busy holding it down at PAX – but it’s sure to be a fun race to watch. You can watch the race beginning on 1:15 p.m. Pacific on ESPN 3 and the EPSN app on Xbox LIVE. We've got Turn 10 boots on the ground this weekend at Baltimore, so expect to see some cool pictures from the race on our official Twitter feed.


That’s all for this edition of the Week in Review, folks. We’ve got more fun coming up next week, including the release of the September Pennzoil Pack, a bevy of Forza Horizon car announcements and, if the stars align and things go to plan, a brand new Forza Horizon video available for your viewing enjoyment, one you definitely won't want to miss!

 

For those of you coming to PAX, see you there! For everyone else, see you next week!