Forza Motorsport 4: Week in Review 2/3/12

Brian Ekberg
Thursday, February 09, 2012

Super Bowl weekend is upon us! Wait. I’m not sure I’m actually allowed by the NFL to say “Super Bowl.” Oops, there I go again. Sorry about that, Mr. Goodell. Anyhow, it’s the weekend of the “Big Game” (at least for those of us here in the U.S.) and I, for one, am looking forward to spending some quality time on the couch this Sunday, both because of the game and because this week has been quite the busy one. Between new contests, new DLC, free stuff to give away, and even more to come next week, I’m ready for a break. But before we can relax, let’s take a moment, step back, and review the week that was in the Forza universe.

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February ALMS Pack 

No doubt about it: The February American Le Mans Series Pack is our strongest add-on pack for Forza Motorsport 4 yet. You can read the full announcement story along with a detailed rundown of each car in the pack, or you can settle for my brief, breathless descriptions, complete with gratuitous exclamation points. (For best results, picture me reading these in a high-pitched squeal): 

 

  • 2011 #2 Audi Sport North America R18 TDI – Le Mans Winner! 
  • 1991 Mazda #55 Team Mazdaspeed 787B – Banned from Le Mans!  
  • 2011 Bentley Platinum Motorsports Continental GT – Forza’s 2011 Car of E3! 
  • 2010 Dodge Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Challenger SRT 8 – Sickest. Rims. Ever! 
  • 1986 #2 Audi Sport quattro S1 – Group B classic! 

 

And so on…

 

So yeah, this pack is a beast and it’s coming to Xbox LIVE on Tuesday, February 7. I’d also like to call your attention to the trailer our awesome media team made for this DLC pack. It pumps me up every time I watch it:

 

 

Hyundai Championships Have Begun! 

We are one step closer to a Forza Community member winning a brand new Hyundai. You might recall that last month we kicked off our Hyundai Veloster: Forza Motorsport 4 Championship with a qualifying Rivals Mode event. On February 1, qualifiers from that event began running laps in our Hyundai Veloster: Forza Motorsport 4 Championship round. Unlike last month’s qualifier--which featured a single time trial event on a single track--we’re mixing things up this time out. Each week until the event closes on February 23, we’ll be introducing a new challenge in the championship round--a different track, a different race type, to keep things fresh and keep our championship-caliber drivers on their toes. 

 

While participation in the Hyundai Veloster: Forza Motorsport 4 Championships is only for registered qualifiers, you can follow along with the action either by checking the Hyundai Championship event leaderboard in the “Community Monthly” channel of Rivals Mode, or by following along with the action here on the site. 

 

Community Bounty Hunter 

A quick reminder: There’s just one week left in our CommunityBounty Hunter program, where one Forza community member will be chosen as the Community Bounty and have a target on their heads (sounds like fun, doesn’t it?) Learn all about the Community Bounty Hunter program here and get your entries in before it’s too late!

 

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Rampage Beatdown 

Here’s the only time you’ll ever hear these words: You have a chance at delivering a serious beatdown on Rampage Jackson. The famed MMA fighter and Hollywood star is your target in this month’s King of the Track challenge in Forza Motorsport 4, so hop on over to Rivals Mode, head to the “Community Monthly” channel, and dial up the King of the Track event. 

 

As you know if you read the announcement story, there’s more in it for you than the pride of taking down one of the toughest dudes on the planet. All players who enter the February KOTT will win a 2011 #2 Audi Sport North America R18 TDI (February American Le Mans Series Pack required to redeem), while everyone who beat’s Jackson’s time will win a special 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe unicorn car with a Rampage Jackson theme livery created by Turn 10. The overall top time will also win a pair of official UFC fight gloves, signed by Jackson himself!

 

Free to enter, cool prizes, and a chance to say you beat Rampage? There’s no literally no reason NOT to try out this challenge.

 

One quick note for those who played in last month’s King of the Track event: We are planning on sending out the prize cars early next week, so keep an eye on your Forza 4 inbox.

 

February Rivals Events 

As long as we’re talking about Rivals Mode, let’s give you a sneak peek of the new Rivals Mode events that will be going up on Tuesday upon the launch of our February ALMS Pack. 

 

  • 28 Days of Sebring -- The 60th Annual 12 Hours of Sebring is only a month away. In celebration, this event allows you to experience the thrill of racing in the American Le Mans Series in the 2011 Audi #2 Audi Sport North America R18 TDI on Sebring while passing GT3 race cars.
  • Compact Combo -- Forget your everyday compact car, this event is for that high-performance sport compact known as the "Hot Hatch". Find out how well you can launch your 300 HP front-wheel-drive car on the drag strip at Infineon. Tuning setups are allowed within restrictions.
  • Snow Drift -- Rattle the town’s windows as you slide through the snow-capped mountains of the Bernese Alps in your high-powered production car. Tuning setups are allowed within restrictions.
  • Union Jack Time Attack -- The former RAF airfield known as Silverstone Circuit is where we have come to find out which A-Class car is truly Britain's finest time attack car. Tuning setups are allowed within restrictions.
 
 

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By the way, did you know that we are holding a Facebook poll right now asking for input on our first Forza Community VIP Rivals Mode event, which will debut in March? This event will be only for Forza 4 VIPs and, over the next few weeks, we’ll be rolling out polls covering all aspects of our debut VIP Rivals Mode event.

 

This week we introduced our first poll in the series—asking which of the five cars from the VIP Car Pack do you want to see in the first VIP event? So far, the 2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and the 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera are in a neck-and-neck race to the finish. Head on over to our official Facebook page and let your voice be heard and stay tuned for more VIP Rivals Mode polls to come.

 

Finally, a brief update about our ongoing investigation into the multiplayer lobby issues that have affected Forza 4 players. Over the past few weeks, we have been working diligently on this issue, trying to isolate it and accurately reproduce the error, even calling on the Forza community to help us with data collection as we’ve honed in on a solution. We have made a tremendous amount of progress and are currently close to a fix that I hope we will be able to implement in the near future. I don’t want to give a final timeline yet because there is still more testing yet to do, but I hope to update you all soon on when we’ll be rolling out our solution. Thanks for your continued patience and look for more soon.

 

Next week: The launch of the February American Le Mans Series Pack! AND we’ll be giving out February ALMS codes this weekend so be sure and check out the FM.net forums, follow us on Facebook and Twitter feeds. You can even follow me on my personal Twitter, if you’re so inclined, as I’ll be giving out a few codes myself. Enjoy the Big Game, look for codes this weekend, and see you next week!