Forza Week in Review 1-18-19

Brian Ekberg
Friday, January 18, 2019


A week with two Forza game updates is always going to be a big one and this week is proof. Playground Games released the latest update for Forza Horizon 4 featuring all sorts of Horizon-y goodness, and Turn 10 launched the Barrett-Jackson Car Pack on the world. Both updates were covered in great detail on livestreams that aired on Monday of this week. First up, Playground took viewers on an in-depth tour of the Series 5 update:



After Playground’s stream ended, we continued the fun on the Forza channel with the January edition of Forza Monthly, where we were joined by Torben Ellert, senior designer from Playground Games, talking about the new “Isha’s Taxis” Horizon Story in the game. For the second half of the show we welcomed Will Lee and Jennifer Lane to talk about the latest updates in Forza Motorsport 7. If you missed it, here’s the show in its entirety:



Series 5 Update

The Series 5 update for Forza Horizon 4 has lots to love – including a new Free For All Adventure mode, the aforementioned “Isha’s Taxis” Horizon Story, as well as new cars coming into the game for Car Pass owners, including the just-released 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera S and 1993 Porsche 968 Turbo S. For fans of Mitsubishi, Series 5 has the best news of all: the famed Japanese manufacturer is back in the form of the Mitsubishi Car Pack, which adds seven models to the game at no additional charge to players. It’s great to have Mitsubishi back in Horizon, especially all those Lancer Evo models, which are begging for some British rallying adventures.


In addition to the big-ticket features arriving with Series 5, this update also adds numerous improvements to the game; for the full rundown, check out the Release Notes on the Forza Support page.


Barrett-Jackson Car Pack

January’s update for Forza Motorsport 7 featured cars. Lots of cars. First up, we introduced the Barrett-Jackson Car Pack to the game, featuring seven collectible vehicles that have made history not just on the road but also on stage at the famed auction event. Amazing cars like the 1963 Shelby Monaco King Cobra, as well as hot rods like the 1932 Ford Custom Double Down and the 1932 Ford Roadster Hula Girl make this one of the most unique collections of vehicles in Forza history.



The reaction to this month’s Spotlight Car has been fun to see. No wonder; the 2018 Audi #1 Audi Sport RS 4 LMS is a slice of front-wheel-drive racing heaven. Best of all, as the January Spotlight Car, it’s free for everyone. So, if you haven’t already, given this track tamer a try. You’ll like what you drive.



Community Cycled Production Refresh

Another recommendation from Your Humble Community Manager: If you haven’t already, go check out the Community Cycled Production hopper in Forza Motorsport 7! As of this week, we updated the hopper with more than 100 car/track combinations, all suggested by members of the Forza Community. As it stands now the CCP hopper is home to more variety than ever and a good chunk of it was created by the community itself. So what are you waiting for?


Summertime at the Horizon Festival

As the song says, “Summertime and the winning is easy.” Or something like that. Summer has arrived in the world of Forza Horizon 4 and that means hot cars to drive, hot gear to purchase in the #Forzathon Shop, and new events that are also, well… hot. Check it out:





FM7 Leagues

The final series in our “Fueling Up” Leagues season begins this weekend. Check it out:


EVENT 01 – Ghost – GT Racing Reborn Division

EVENT 02 – Simulation – Vintage Sport GT Division

EVENT 03 – Spec Sim – McLaren 650S

EVENT 04 – Drift – RWD only


FM7 Hoppers

It’s hopper refresh time in Forza Motorsport 7. Here’s a look at what arrived this week:


Division - Ghost – IndyCar

Division - Cosmetic – Vintage Sport compact

Division - Simulation – Sport GT

Tag - Virus – S Class

Tag - Keep the It – B Class

Tag - Pass the It – A Class


Forza weekly photo contest winner by Paddock720.


The next hopper refresh for FM7 is coming on February 1. What to expect:


Division - Ghost – Sport Luxury

Division - Cosmetic – Formula 70s

Division - Simulation – Historic Road Racing

Tag - Virus – A Class

Tag - Keep the It – S Class

Tag - Pass the It – B Class


Streaming Calendar – Week of January 20

Here’s a look at next week’s streaming calendar on the Forza Mixer and Twitch channels:



That’s it for this week! Check out today’s episode of #ForzaFriday as we race in Free For All Adventures in Forza Horizon 4 and dive back into he Cycled Production Hopper in Forza Motorsport 7, before heading to the Nürburgring for our weekly Random Ring Race. See you there starting at 3 p.m. Pacific!


(Week in Review thumbnail image by FRT Murallha)