Forza Week in Review 12-8-17
Welcome to Leagues! The latest update for Forza Motorsport 7 was released this week and with it, we’ve got a new way to compete with our League Seasons. Our “Intro to Leagues” season is happening now, with a pair of Ghost events that have been designed to give players an introduction to our new scoring and ranking system, where players earn (or lose) points after every race. Why Ghost events to start? We wanted to give players a chance to get acclimated to higher-stakes League racing without having to worry about the consequences making contact on the track. Look for two new series starting on December 16, one Ghost event (Sport Coupe division) and one Simulation event (Exotic GT division), where contact will be in full effect.
One of the newer aspects of Leagues in Forza 7 is how much control we have behind the scenes over scoring. We’ve been paying close attention to player movement across Bands and Ranks and we will continue to tune League events and scoring to ensure that League players are set in their “correct” Bands as soon as possible.
Related, we’re aware of issues that players are running into involving disconnects in Leagues. Some players are having issues successfully getting into races, and those that are disconnected, are losing League points as a result. We are aware of the issue and believe we have identified the cause; a fix for which is being prepared for our next update which we are hoping to release next week.
In other news, this week’s update introduced several new features and numerous improvements to the game, including enabling a new accessibility features like “Speech to Text” and “Text to Speech”, as well as the ability for players to dramatically increase the length of any race in the game (up to 1,000 laps in circuit races and up to 24 hours in Timed Races). For the full list of features and fixes in this week’s update, check out our full Release Notes on the Forza forums.
One final note: We’ve heard your questions regarding the locked cars in the “Car Collection” screen. These are “exclusive cars”. They are not unlocked by progressing your Car Collector Tier. In the past, we’ve called these cars “unicorns” or “engagement” cars. Exclusive cars do not appear in Forza Motorsport 7 Prize Crates. We want to players to experience this amazing lineup of exclusive cars by playing Forza and participating in the community. A great example is our November Bounty Hunter, where earned cars like the 2016 W Motors Lykan HyperSport, the 2004 Ferrari Scaglietti, and the 2010 Audi TT RS Coupe. And, as you’ll see here in today’s Week in Review, we’ve got another great exclusive car up for grabs with this month’s upcoming Bounty Hunter event.
Doritos Car Pack
Along with the launch of Leagues and other features, this week’s update also featured the Doritos Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 7. The pack features seven new-to-Forza vehicles, including the 1926 Bugatti Type 35, the 1962 Porsche 804 and the 2018 Porsche Cayenne, and also has one of the best produced trailers in recent Forza memory. Take a trip through time and watch it again:
December Bounty Hunter – Phil Spencer!
Since the launch of Forza Motorsport 7, we’ve had a number of great folks agree to be the “Bounty” in our ongoing Bounty Hunter Rivals series. 2017 IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden kicked things off in October, and Forza creative director Dan Greenawalt gave the community a great challenge in November. Here we are in December and we have a brand-new racer ready to take on the world. We’re extremely pleased to announce that Xbox’s own Phil Spencer (Gamertag: P3) will be the player to beat in our December Bounty Hunter event, which begins on Monday, December 11.
Not only are we over the moon to have Phil as our Bounty target this month, we’ve got a fantastic car for folks to experience this time around in the 2017 Porsche #92 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR on Hockenheim National Circuit. This exclusive car was added to the game with this week’s update and features 500+ horsepower worth of rear-wheel-drive racing madness. Players will be using this track weapon on one of Germany’s most beloved circuits: Hockenheim National.
On Tuesday of next week we’ll be posting a poll on the Forza Motorsport Twitter account where followers can choose which car they’d like to see as the December Bounty Hunter Reward car. We’ll post the results of the poll in next Friday’s edition of the Week in Review. In addition to the exclusive Reward car, EVERYONE who sets a time in this event will be sent the 2017 Porsche #92 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR once the event closes on January 3, 2018. Look for Phil to set his initial time after the event opens on Monday and good luck to everyone who participates.
Halo Suits Announce
First up it was Gears of War showing up in Forza Motorsport 7 with awesome Gears-themed Driver Gear suits. Now our buddies at 343 Industries are getting in on the fun, Halo-style! We’ve got three Halo-themed Driver Gear suits available in Forza Motorsport 7 and they can be yours just for playing Halo or Forza 7. Here’s what you need to know:
Halo Driver Gear
To get this amazing Halo Driver Gear, all you need to do is have played Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and/or Halo Wars 2 before November 31, 2017. We’ll be sending out codes beginning later this month and code distribution will run through January of next year. If you haven’t played one of these Halo games yet, log on before December 31 of this year to make sure you’re included in the final code distribution. Eligible players will receive codes for the Halo Driver Gear suit via an Xbox Live Message, so make sure to check your messages.
In addition to the Halo suit, we’ve got two additional Driver Gear featuring a pair of familiar, heavy-duty characters.
Master Chief and Olympia Vale Gear
What could be better than suiting up in Spartan armor, getting behind the wheel of an incredibly fast car, and letting her rip? Talk about the ultimate power fantasy! That’s just what you’ll be able to do with these two character-specific suits. First up is the Master Chief Driver Gear suit, giving players the chance to dress up as the iconic star of the Halo series. If a powerful red is more your style, you can also earn the Driver Gear suit inspired by Olympia Vale, Spartan member of Fireteam Osiris. No matter which you choose, you’ll be ready for any encounter on the track.
To get both the Master Chief and the Olympia Vale Driver Gear suits, all you need to do is participate in any of the following Rivals events in Forza Motorsport 7 before January 3, 2018:
· December Car Pack Challenge (Community Featured Events)
· December Bounty Hunter (Community Featured Events – Available December 11)
· Make a Run (Community Featured Events)
· Cold Runner (VIP Events)
Groove Music & Forza Horizon 3
As you may have read, Microsoft is officially ending support for streaming, purchasing and downloading music from its Groove Music service as of December 31, 2017. For Forza Horizon 3 players, this means that streaming music using a Groove Music Pass will no longer be supported after that date. However, players will be able to continue streaming music stored on Microsoft OneDrive via the Groove Radio channel in Forza Horizon 3.
Heavy Metal Affliction – 1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evolution 1
If you are a fan of hot hatches or of the homologated production cars that came out of the late 1980s and early 1990s rally era, this story on a Lancia Integrale will be right up your alley. Back in the day, there were few differences between the cars that were out racing and what you could buy and this car is a perfect example.
The owner has some internet fame going for him as well, but we will let you read the story to find out the details. It’s all in this week’s edition of Heavy Metal Affliction.
#Forzathon – Oversteer to Success
This weekend’s #Forzathon events in Forza Horizon 3 will ask you show off your sideways skills. Succeed and you’ve got a BMW M4 Coupe Horizon Edition waiting for you and more. Check it out:
Before I head out I just wanted to thank everyone who voted for Forza Motorsport 7 in the Game Awards. We’re so pleased to take home the award for Best Sports/Racing game; congrats too go to Cuphead and PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds, who also won awards at the show. Thank you, Forza fans!