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Forza Week in Review 4-14-17

Brian Ekberg
Friday, April 14, 2017


Welcome to another one of those weeks at Forza. If you’ve been around long enough, you know that everyone once in a while, we’ll drop a metric ton of Forza news on the world, and this week was a prime example. In addition to breaking news on groundbreaking six-year partnership with Porsche (more on that in just a bit), we’re also kicking off the 2017 campaign for the Forza Racing Championship in the biggest way possible. That’s right, the New York Invitational Presented by Porsche  starts tomorrow!



The New York Invitational will bring 18 of the world’s best Forza drivers together for the first time in Forza history and all of them will be competing for cold hard cash. From fan favorites like Raceboy77 and aTTaX Johnson to ForzaRC legends in the making like Laige, Lightning and b0x (not to mention a truly astonishing field of additional competition), the Invitational has all the makings of Forza history.


But the New York Invitational will be more than just racing. During our two days of broadcasting on Saturday and Sunday, we’ll feature not only fantastic wheel-to-wheel action, we’re also happy to welcome drifting into the ForzaRC for the very first time, thanks to our friends at the esports Drift Association (ESDA), who will be taking part in a special drift exhibition performance on Saturday. In addition, we’ve got special guests lined up, including Forza creative director Dan Greenawalt, Porsche factor driver Matt Campbell, and more.


How to Watch

Clearly the Invitational is must-see for Forza fans. The good news is we’ve got lots of ways for you to get your ForzaRC fix, whether in person or online. If you’re in the New York City area, this event is open to the public and will be held at the Microsoft Store on Fifth Avenue. Simply drop by the store when the doors open and you’re in!


For those of who can’t join us here in NYC, we welcome you to watch online. The shows start at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern on both Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16 and you can watch at any of these official Forza channels:






If you can’t watch live, but still want to want to keep up with the action over the weekend, you can follow along with all of the fun at our new Forza Racing Championship Twitter account: @ForzaRC. We’ll be posting behind-the-scenes looks from the Microsoft Store studio all weekend, and of course keeping you up to date with the latest racing action too. In addition, you can follow our official Facebook and Instagram accounts to get more ForzaRC content.


Forza Horizon 3 community photo contest winner by Nafe 72


ForzaRC Season 3

The New York Invitational is this weekend and, soon after that, we’ll be kicking off the first competitive Forza Racing Championship season of 2017. Season 3 of the ForzaRC begins on May 1, and registration is open now! Season 3 will be run with our partners at GFinity and will also star Porsche cars in the qualifying weeks. With that in mind, the Porsche Expansion Pack for Forza Motorsport 6 is now on sale for just $5 for Xbox Live Gold members (that’s a 75% discount). If you’re looking to compete in Season 3 but don’t yet have the Porsche Expansion, there’s no better time than right now to get on board!


As in previous ForzaRC seasons, Season 3 will have both Elite and Recreation series running parallel, giving Forza players of all skill levels a chance to compete. We’ll have much more to say about Season 3 in the very near future (trust me, this one is going to be big). For now, make sure you’re registered over at our GFinity-powered ForzaRC site and get ready to compete!


Forza Horizon 3 community photo contest winner by FRT Geovani


Porsche + Forza

We couldn’t be more pleased to have announced our massive six-year partnership with Porsche this week. We’ve always had a fantastic relationship with Porsche over the years but it’s amazing to be able to officially welcome this incredible manufacturer into the Forza fold. You can already see the fruits of our partnership this week. Not only is Porsche sponsoring its first esports tournament with the Forza Racing Championship, but this week, we launched the Porsche Car Pack for Forza Horizon 3.


Seven amazing Porsche models have arrived in Australia – from classics like the 550A Spyder and the ’73 911 Carrera RS to modern-day legends like the new 911 GT3 RS and more, the Porsche Car Pack is a must-own for Porsche fans.



If we just did a Porsche Car Pack and called it a day, I think some fans would be happy. But here’s the thing: We’re just getting started with Porsche. In fact, in April we’ve got a number of #Forzathon events coming up where we’ll be offering free Porsche reward cars. Nope, you won’t need to own the Porsche Car Pack to get these cars; all you’ll need to do is complete the right #Forzathon event and the car can be yours! And with awesome models like the Porsche 959, the 911 Turbo 3.3, and the 918 Spyder coming to #Forzathon this month alone, April is shaping up to be a legendary month for Porsche fans in Forza. And, while we’re on the subject, let’s just say that we’re not done with Porsche #Forzathon reward cars. Stay tuned.



One final note regarding the Porsche Car Pack, because I’ve seen some confusion about this on the Interwebz: this pack is NOT the second expansion for Forza Horizon 3. The team at Playground is hard at work on that expansion and it will be revealed soon. I really really wish I could say more, but you’ll have to wait just a little longer.


So, like I said, this has been a heck of a week here at Forza. With the ForzaRC New York Invitational hitting tomorrow – and two days of livestreaming awesomeness coming as a result – we’re skipping out on today’s edition of #ForzaFriday show. Whether in person or online, I hope you’ll join us at the New York Invitational tomorrow. Our goal is to make this the best possible kick off to the premiere esports racing series in the world. See you at the races!


Forza Horizon 3 community photo contest winner by Erecke