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Forza Week in Review 8-3-18

Brian Ekberg
Friday, August 3, 2018

Before we dive into a recap of this week’s Forza action, I wanted to look ahead to the next episode of our “Forza Monthly” streaming series, which airs on Monday, August 6 beginning at 1 p.m. Pacific. Hot on the heels of Playground Games’ “Seasons Change Everything” series, we’ll be dipping back into the world of Forza Horizon 4 and showing off some cool new stuff that hasn’t been seen before. In addition, we’ll be breaking down the August update for Forza Motorsport 7 in all sorts of detail. Along the way we’ll have special guests and an in-studio car that you’re going to love. If you’re a Forza fan, make sure you clear your calendars and tune in on the official Forza Motorsport Twitch and Mixer channels for the big show!

 

 

Now, on with the Week in Review! 

 

Forza Horizon 4 – Spring Is Here!

In like a lamb, out like a lion – or so the old saying goes. In the case of Forza Horizon 4, spring arrived with a roar during our fourth and final “Seasons Change Everything” livestream direct from Playground Games in the U.K. The show featured various members of the Playground crew showing off the beauty and variety springtime in Britain. If you missed the show, watch it in its entirety here:

 

 

In terms of pure newness, the springtime stream was a big one, with highlights galore. Here’s a rundown of some of the big moments:

 

  • - Spring time is beautiful in Forza Horizon 4. We started the show in the north end of the Lake District and everything looked radically different from the week prior. Sure, the lack of snow was a big differentiator from winter but there was more to it. The world felt like it had come back to life, with colorful plant life everywhere, leaves returning to the trees… even the lighting felt different. In fact, according to Playground, the days will be longer in spring time, and there is more brightness to the environment that reflects the glory of the season.
  • - While we didn’t get a full rundown of songs coming to Forza Horizon 4, we do know the list of confirmed radio stations and DJs that will entertain you as you drive: Block Party, Bass Arena, Pulse, XS, Timeless are in and Hospital Records will have another drum & bass-dedicated channel, featuring brand new music that you’ll hear for the first time in the game.
  • - Speaking of sounds, we got to hear from senior audio designer Fraser Strachan, who talked about capturing audio of the vehicles in the game, including the McLaren Senna which, from the looks of the video, was recorded at the Top Gear Test Track in Dunsfold.
  • - In addition to seeing Team Racing in Forza Horizon 4 for the first time, we saw a new team mode called Survival. Think of this as a team version of the popular Infected  game from previous Forza Horizon games. It’s fast, it’s hectic, and the team aspect brings a whole new layer of depth to Horizon’s playground game events.
  • - Last but certainly not least was the city of Edinburgh. Revealed in the most dramatic possible fashion (via a huge jump that overlooks the city), the Edinburgh of Forza Horizon 4 joins cities like Surfers Paradise and Nice in the line of amazing urban locales to enjoy and explore in the Horizon series. If you’re familiar with Scotland’s capital, you’ll immediately recognize landmarks like the Scott Monument and Princess Street. What makes the city so fascinating from a driving standpoint is its age. The streets of Edinburgh are twisting and turning, far from the grid layout of modern cities. As a result, from the looks of things, there could be surprises around every corner.

 

While it’s sad to see the “Seasons Change Everything” series wrap up, there’s still more Forza Horizon 4 news to come this summer. In addition to the game’s appearance on this Monday’s “Forza Monthly” show, you can expect to see the game, along with more news, at Gamescom later this month.

 

ForzaRC Round 2 Wednesday Showdown

The Forza Racing Championship continued its march to Mexico City with this week’s Round 2 Wednesday Showdown. We had some compelling car and track combinations and a gorgeous 1987 Buick Regal GNX in studio to make this week’s races even more special than usual.

 

EMEA Region

In the EMEA Races, Laige made up for his Round 1 absence by turning in one of the most dominating performances in his ForzaRC career. We’re used to Laige winning races and not only did he win but he showed some of the most dominant pace we’ve seen yet, proving that when he wants to, no one – not Mitch, not Roadrunner, not even Series 1 champ Noble b0x – can touch him for pure pace. Elsewhere Mitch’s third place served to stake his claim as the dominant ForzaRC driver on the Williams esports team, over his teammate in Roadrunner.

 

 

 

 

North America Region

Who wants to win the most in the North America region? Early on in Wednesday’s North American races, you could might have picked one of the TX3 racers. Bilysoo claimed the win in Race 1, with Lightning taking Race 2 in convincing fashion. Now a free agent after the dissolution of the AMS team, Vanquish might have turned in the best performance, with a third place finish that could have been higher except for a penalty in Race 3. F4H Venom continued his understated success with a second place finish overall. The drama of the day was reserved for ForceOne, whose Internet issues caused him to inadvertently drop while in the lead during Race 1. Then in Race 3, ForceOne seemingly ended his race too early by turning off his Xbox and finishing with a mere 2 points in the round, leaving him with a disappointing eighth overall, despite his obvious pace.

 

 

 

Don’t forget that the Rivals Booster event is still open for ForzaRC Round 2 and we’ve got an oh-so-sweet 1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV up for grabs for taking part!

 

ForzaRC Pro-Am Final Results

Our ForzaRC Pro-Am ended this week, after weeks of battling between ForzaRC drivers acting as team captains for the rest of the Forza Community. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been watching closely as teams have been moving up and down the leaderboard – not just in the team category but also amongst the ForzaRC captains themselves. Here’s the final results for both the Team competition and the Captain competition:

 

Rank Team Captain Gamertags Final Team Average Time
1 F4H Venom D-G 2:18.968
2 TX3 Lightning M-Q 2:19.271
3 TX3 Wesley H-L 2:19.453
4 Noble b0x R-S 2:19.477
5 TX3 Hard BR T-Z 2:19.978
6 G2 Laige A-C 2:20.341

 

Rank Team Captain Gamertags Final Captain Time
1 G2 Laige A-C 2:03.178
2 TX3 Lightning M-Q 2:03.393
3 TX3 Hard BR T-Z 2:03.537
4 F4H Venom D-G 2:03.700
5 Noble b0x R-S 2:03.856
6 TX3 Wesley H-L 2:05.264

 

We have a ton of gifts going out to players based on the results of this (be sure to review our original post for a look at everything that was up for grabs). Those gifts will be sent out next week to all eligible Forza Motorsport 7 players, so be sure to check your Message Centers under the “Gifts” tab to collect your goodies.

 

#Forzathons

This week’s new #Forzathon events have arrived in both Forza Motorsport 7 and Forza Horizon 3. In Forza 7, we’ve got the Mechanic Driver Gear, the 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn and the 1964 Mini Cooper S Forza Edition up for grabs:

 

 

Over in Forza Horizon 3, the theme is “Raging Racers” and the featured reward car is the Lamborghini Huracan Horizon Edition. Check it out:

 

 

We’ll wrap up this week’s edition of the Week in Review with a reminder about today’s #ForzaFriday show, airing at 3 p.m. Pacific on Twitch and Mixer, and a double-reminder to join us on the same channels on Monday at 1 p.m. Pacific for the August edition of “Forza Monthly.” It’s going to be a fantastic show, so see you there!

 

Weekly photo contest winner by PJ Tierney.