Forza Motorsport 4: Week in Review 1/20/12
Welcome to a very cold and snowy Week in Review. This week saw one of the biggest snowfalls in the Seattle area in the past few years, even larger than last year’s so-called Snowpocalypse. Roughly six inches of snow hit the area on Tuesday and Wednesday (I know, six inches isn’t that much in the grand scheme of winter weather but, considering the Puget Sound area isn’t really set up to deal with snow in the first place, it turned out to be much worse than the number indicates). On Thursday, Mother Nature finished off her one-two weather punch with some icy conditions and power outages throughout the area. So as we continue to dig out of the snow and ice and generally cruddy conditions, let’s get you all updated on what’s happening in the Forza universe.
Credit Removal Update
With our last title update, we included some server-side tools that will allow us to better regulate the Forza 4 economy. This week, we took our next step: implementing a credit removal system. In the first wave, we will be using our tools to remove a large number of credits from the Forza 4 economy and to ban those credit hackers completely.
Credit hackers make up a very small portion of the overall Forza 4 population but their activity creates a disproportionally detrimental effect on the overall Forza economy. Removing so-called “dirty” credits from the system is one of the most effective ways we have of setting things right. By removing credits, our goal is for players to once again be able to enjoy features like the auction house and be able bid on unicorn cars the way they were intended.
As I mentioned earlier, in the case of confirmed credit hackers, we are banning their consoles. For those we suspect have received hacked credits, willingly or otherwise, we will be removing the majority (but not all) of credits from their profiles. The goal here is the same: to pull credits out of the economy in an effort to restore some order--however, we will still be leaving those whose credits we pull with a significant amount of in-game credits; enough to do whatever they'd like in the game without upsetting our economic balance. In the coming weeks, we will continue to investigate suspected credit hackers, with the goal of removing their presence entirely from the Forza 4 economy. We will keep you updated with our efforts as circumstances warrant.
VIP Car Battle
There was a pitched battle in Forza this week, although it wasn’t in the game; it was on the official Forza Motorsport Facebook page. The battle was between three Forza 4 unicorn cars—the 2004 Mugen Civic Type-R, 2007 Shelby GT500, and the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS—with the winning car being sent out to all Forza VIP members. After thousands of votes, the winning car turned out to be the ‘69 Chevy Camaro SS and the car has been sent out to VIP members as of today (Friday). Thanks to all the folks who voted. As an interesting side note, this week also saw the official Forza Motorsport Facebook page pass the 100,000 "likes" mark. Thanks to everyone who has helped make our Facebook page such a great extension of the Forza community and stay tuned for more exciting news on the Facebook front coming soon.
Weekly Photo Contest First Place Winner: Xam3l
King For a Day
Time is winding down on the first of our King of the Track competitions. If you haven’t tried to take down the time of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher C.J. Wilson, you have a little more than a week to get it done. Like last week, C.J.’s current best time of 1:13.980 still stands and, while that time is certainly respectable, my guess is there are plenty of drivers in the Forza 4 community that will be able to take this time down with their eyes closed. The King of the Track competition is open to everyone and there’s stuff to win too. All participants will receive the 2012 Pagani Huayra (the January Jalopnik Pack required to redeem) and everyone who beats C.J.’s time will receive a unicorn car (2003 Ferrari Challenge Stradale). In addition the overall top time (U.S. only) will win a C.J. Wilson Racing suit signed by the Wilson himself. The contest ends at the end of the month, so get your time in now!
The next phase of our Hyundai Veloster: Forza Motorsport Championship begins next month—which means for you registered users there are only a few more days for you to get your time in. Remember, the prize for this contest is amazing: a brand new 2012 Hyundai Veloster! If you’re a registered player, get your times in now because in the next phase, we’ll be throwing a few curveballs to all the participants. Look for more details soon!
Weekly Photo Contest Second Place Winner: YaAintGrizzBaby
Community Bounty Hunter
This week, we put out a thread in the forums regarding an idea we’ve been kicking around internally: a Community Bounty Hunter event in Rivals Mode. The idea here is simple enough: each week a Forza community member is chosen as the bounty of the week. Anyone who beats the community bounty that week will win a free gift car and, depending on who is chosen, the prize car might include a special livery of a custom tune. We like the idea and we want to hear from you to get your feedback on how we can make it better. To do so, check out the thread on the forums and see what other people are saying and chime in with your own thoughts. Once we feel like we have a good set of rules, we’ll kick off the bounty hunter program in earnest.
Weekly Photo Contest Third Place Winner: TomN94
Next week: A surprise! See you then.