Forza Week in Review 12-7-18

Brian Ekberg
Friday, December 7, 2018


Welcome to the second-to-last edition of the Forza Week in Review of 2018! Yes, before we get to the delicious details of this past week, I wanted to make sure all our faithful readers know the schedule for the rest of the year here on The final 2018 Week in Review will be next week’s (December 14th) edition. On December 21st we’ll post the 2018 Year in Review, looking back at the amazing stuff that happened in the past year. We’ll be back with the first WIR of 2019 on January 11th.


One thing to note: though our bevy of Forza streamers will be taking some time off over holidays, our Forza broadcast pace will be relatively similar over the holiday weeks. Personally speaking, I’ll be in for the #ForzaFriday shows, and will once again be hosting our annual Forza New Year’s Eve stream beginning at 9 p.m. Pacific on December 31st. Don’t miss it!


Now, let’s get on with the rest of the Forza Week in Review!


The Game Awards

Massive congratulations go out to the Playground Games team, who took home the “Best Sports/Racing Game” award for Forza Horizon 4 at Thursday’s night’s Game Awards show. Thanks to all the Forza fans who voted for the game, and for making Forza Horizon 4 the third Forza game in a row to win this Game Awards honor.


In addition to the awards, Thursday’s broadcast also gave Forza fans their first look at the trailer for Fortune Island. The first expansion for Forza Horizon 4, Fortune Island is a brand-new location full of treacherous roads, bountiful treasure, and epic driving experiences. Playground Games has done an amazing job of creating this island of extremes -- from spectacular weather effects, to roads and terrain that are built for exploration and racing (and some immense Route Creator potential!). If you missed it last night, here’s the trailer:”"



For more on Fortune Island, check out our announcement article here on the site. It all launches on December 13th and you can look forward to an in-depth exploration of the expansion straight from Playground Games HQ on December 13th starting at 7 a.m. Pacific on the official Forza Mixer and Twitch channels. More on that in just a bit.


December Update

The latest update for Forza Motorsport 7 arrived earlier this week. In December, we’ve spruced things up in Forza 7 with a new redesigned menu system that adds color and life to the tiles that we’ve all become accustomed to. The December update also brought new opponent labels in multiplayer, a brand new force feedback system for wheel users (see our updated Wheel Guide for all the details), as well as a fix for Rivals that now displays new ghost opponents after you’ve beaten a previous Rival, and more. Check out our December Release Notes for the full list of fixes and improvements and, for more on the December Update, check out next week’s edition of Forza Monthly.


Forza weekly photo contest winner by FRT Geovani.


Forza Motorsport 7 Free Trial

This week, we replaced the Forza Motorsport 7 demo with a new free trial for the game. This trial gives players unfettered access to the full version of Forza Motorsport 7 for a total of four hours. After the trial is complete, players have the option purchase the game.


Forza Streaming

We’re just days away from the next episode of “Forza Monthly.” The show is just one part of a busy day for Forza fans; not only is it the launch day for Fortune Island itself, but we’ve got Forza streams happening throughout the day. Here’s a look at how the day’s schedule unfolds:


Fortune Island Stream – 7 – 9 a.m. Pacific – Live from Playground Games, the team will be taking viewers on a detailed tour of the Fortune Island expansion for Forza Horizon 4.

Forza Monthly December – (NOTE NEW TIME!) 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific – In addition to taking a look at Fortune Island with members of Playground Games, we’ll be going through the December update for Forza Motorsport 7, and giving viewers a look at the upcoming Forza Race Regulations system with members of the Turn 10 development team.

Johniwanna’s Thursday Show – 11:30 a.m. – TBD – Right after Forza Monthly ends, Johniwanna will be going live with his own play-through of Fortune Island. Watch as he tackles the island’s treacherous terrain or join in on the fun.



Here’s the rest of next week’s streaming schedule:



Forza Horizon 4 – Winter

The winter season has arrived in Forza Horizon 4 and, with it, new cars and events. Heading the list for Car Pass owners are the drift-ready 2018 Silverado 1500 DeBerti Design Drift Truck and the… well, ready-for-I-don’t-know-what 1965 Peel Trident. I couldn’t resist choosing a base white paint job for my new Trident – it fit so perfectly with the snowy weather near my Lake Lodge home. With its bubble dome, its rounded design, and its daring 4 hp in stock form, what’s not to love?


Elsewhere around the world of Forza Horizon 4, winter is bringing new events for the rough-and-ready vehicles in your garage. The Edinburgh Sports Utility championship features A Class Sports Utility Heroes vehicles, while the Glen Rannoch Extreme Off-road Championship finds a heady balance between raw speed (S1 Class) and off-road racing. Here’s a look at the Winter fare available now in FH4:



Forza Motorsport 7 Events

A new week and new events to explore in Forza Motorsport 7. With the arrival of our December Spotlight Car – the 2018 BMW #1 M Motorsport M8 GTE – we’ve got a new Spotlight Rivals event starring this gargantuan racing car that spawned Forza memes from the moment it was announced. This hot-lap event has you piloting the beast around the Nürburgring GP circuit and the current top time is a high 1:51.7. Think you can do better?



In other news, our latest Bounty Hunter event ends after this weekend! The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is your weapon of choice on Watkins Glen Short and the times are as competitive as anything you’d expect in a Bounty Hunter event. I’ll be making my final attempt at bettering my time on today’s episode of #ForzaFriday and, after that, you’ll have the entire weekend to take down my times, as well as the rest of the Turn 10 folks participating (and earn great rewards in the process!) As a reminder, here’s where the bounties’ times stand as of this writing:


Gamertag Current Time
Mechberg 1:09.818
Plink 1:10.600
Japandru 1:10.760
Lounge Toy 1:11.023
fuzzynoise 1:11.066
Cjsion 1:12.711
Future Phil 1:12.935
Drawing Curtain 1:13.587
vinl1300 1:14.373


Forza weekly photo contest winner by ItsHette


New Hoppers

The Forza Motorsport 7 multiplayer hoppers are rotating today. Here’s what’s going and what’s coming in:



Division Ghost – Exotic GT

Division Cosmetic – Historic Road Racing

Division Simulation – Prototype Group Racing

Tag Virus – B Class

Tag Keep the It – A Class

Tag Pass the It – S Class



Division Ghost – Modern Hot Hatch

Division Cosmetic – Hot Rod Revival

Division Simulation – Rally Heroes

Tag Virus – S Class

Tag Keep the It – B Class

Tag Pass the It – A Class


Forza weekly photo contest winner by SilverRoses702.



Series 2 of our current FM7 Leagues season begins soon. Here’s what to expect:

Event 01 – Ghost – IndyCar

Event 02 – Simulation – Vintage Sports Coupe Division

Event 03 – Spec Sim – 2012 Hot Wheels Rip Rod

Event 04 – Class – A Class


That’s it for this week! Join us for today’s edition of #ForzaFriday, starting at 3 p.m. Pacific on the Forza Twitch and Mixer channels. See you next week!