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Forza Week in Review 9-27-19

Brian Ekberg
Friday, September 27, 2019

 

The one-year anniversary of Forza Horizon 4, the launch of the Forza Racing Championship 2019 season, a very special overseas edition of “Forza Monthly” from Playground Games HQ, and more! It’s a busy Forza Week in Review, so let’s get to it!

 

ForzaRC 2019 Is a Go

Williams Esports and Red Bull Racing Esports turned out some great performances during Week 1 of the Forza Racing Championship Invitational Series 2019, with solid drives from the likes of Mitch, Laige, and b0x. In any other season, we’d be only be talking about those individual performances but, this is 2019, it’s all about team racing, and results are judged by how all the drivers on a team perform.

 

While Mitch won four of the six races on the day, his Williams teammates Roadrunner and Seven turned in solid supporting roles, with Roadrunner acting in a defensive role, and Seven mopping up in the Number Three seat. Williams and Red Bull’s team performances weren’t just raw pace; they were the result of  an excellent understanding of the rules of the game in 2019 – where car builds are just as important as talent on the track, and deciding how to allocate extra PI (not to mention the boosts available to players for performing certain feats on track) is a key element to winning.

 

 

Other standouts from the weekend include RDE Hydra’s wonderful drive for the Raging Dragons E-Sports team. Hydra was the only player running the Viper from the GT division and man-handled the Dodge with confidence. He’s shaping up to be a confident risk-taker and, oh yes, he also happens to be the youngest driver in the field, at a mere 15 years old.

 

Heading into Week 2 this Saturday, the second half of Round 1 promises some incredible racing ahead. After winning last weekend, Red Bull Racing advances into this round, and will be looking to bring home a better points finish than Williams’ leading 107 points from Match 1. To do so, however, they’ll need to get around the likes of heavy-hitters like Sauber Esports and JOTA, as well as the all-Chinese team of Mordor Game Club. Tune into to all the action at 10 a.m. Pacific on the Forza Mixer and Twitch channels to watch it all live!

 

ForzaRC Inside Line

If in-depth analysis of the ForzaRC is what you’re after, have we got the show for you! This week, ForzaRC analyst and all-around racing expert Mellish hosted the inaugural episode of “Forza RC Inside Line”, taking viewers inside the mindset of the ForzaRC drivers, offering tips on how to get better in the same cars the pros drive, and interviewing ForzaRC drivers like RDE Hydra.

 

Weekly photo contest winner by FRT Luan.

 

Mellish is a world-class Forza driver in his own right and, with the Inside Line, he’s looking to share his knowledge with viewers. In the first episode, Mel showed off how to drive the Porsche 919, which will be one of the cars in this weekend’s competition. It’s a peculiar car, one that best performs when gears shifts are kept to a minimum, and where upshifts during the middle of a corner (or under braking!) are often necessary to wring the last ounce of performance from it.

 

Look for next week’s episode on Wednesday, October 2nd at 8 a.m. Pacific, where Mellish will break down all the Week 2 news and look ahead to the next week of competition.

 

One Year Anniversary of Forza Horizon 4

There’s no better way to celebrate the one-year anniversary of one of the biggest Forza games of all time – that would be Forza Horizon 4, naturally – than with a party. And what a party we had at Playground Games this week. On Monday we celebrated the occasion with not one, but two livestreams. First up, Playground Games wore their party hats for the Series 14 stream, outlining all the latest and greatest news in the world of Forza Horizon 4 (more on the Series 14 update in just a bit).

 

One of the highlights of the stream came when the team at PG showed off an incredible graphic outlining the work that the team had put into the game since launch. Hundreds of events and features and new cars and outfits, and more and more and… yeah, they’ve been busy. Take a look at this:

 

 

Just after Playground’s stream ended, we kicked off the September edition of “Forza Monthly” and the anniversary party continued. During the show, we had a great time trying to stump the PG team with trivia questions submitted directly by the community (tune in at the 29-minute mark to watch the fun).

 

 

Later, Alie Tacq joined us on the couch to talk about the previous weekend ForzaRC action, and answer viewer questions about everything ForzaRC (look for that segment at the one-hour, 23-minute mark). We also held a special Blueprint route-racing challenge with players from Playground and Turn 10 (including creative directors Ralph Fulton and Dan Greenawalt). Those races determined some special prizes for the night; all viewers who were logged in on Mixer during the show won two very special cars in Forza Horizon 4: the 2018 Mercedes AMG GTR Pre-Order Edition and the 2017 Nissan GTR Pre-Order Edition. If you were one of those viewers, check your Forza Horizon 4 inbox now and enjoy those super-rare cars!

 

Forza Horizon 4 | Series 14

Blueprint route upgrades are one of the big focal points for the Series 14 update, which rolled out earlier this week. Players can now edit routes by loading up a route they’ve already created, choosing a gate or endpoint and altering placement and width of checkpoints as they see fit, or adding brand new checkpoints  entirely. With all the routes being created by the community, the Playground Games team have also added some new search functionality, including the ability to generate a unique nine-digit code that players can share with one another to easily find custom routes.

 

You’ll be able to take advantage of these new features in some upcoming Blueprint Route creation contests which Playground has kicked off, lasting until October 1st. To be considered, you’ll need to include a screenshot of the route and flyer, your Gamertag, the event name and start location, and the Share Code. Note that routes must take between 5-10 minutes to complete, must be on the UK mainland, should include Drivatar opponents, and the Share Code should be 9 characters long. Winners will be announced on October 7th and will receive five Super Wheelspins and a chance to be featured in the game in a future Series Championship. Be sure to submit your entry in this thread on the Forza Forums and good luck!

 

 

The Series 14 update also includes new vehicles coming into the game, including two McLaren models: the 600 LT Coupé (available for completing 50 percent of the summer season activities) and the 720S Spider, which will be coming later in the spring season. The 2018 Volkswagen #94 Volkswagen Motorsport I.D R Pikes Peak is coming in the Fall season, for players who complete Autumn’s “The Trial” event. Also, longtime Forza Horizon players, check out the themed seasons that cover cars and events inspired by previous Horizon games, with great rewards to boot.

 

For the full list of improvements arriving with Series 14, see the Release Notes on the Forza Support site.

 

New FRR Hoppers Now Available

As promised last month, this week the Turn 10 team released two new Forza Race Regulations-enabled hoppers in Forza Motorsport 7. The two hoppers – named “Forza Race Regulations A Class – Beta” and “Forza Race Regulations S Class – Beta” are available in the Multiplayer menu; scroll to the right until you find them just before the standard Class hoppers. Happy FRR racing!

 

Weekly photo contest winner by RlGOS.

 

#ForzaFriday w/ Elliott Lyons

With the ForzaRC in full swing now, we’re making a temporary schedule change to #ForzaFriday, moving the show from its regular 3 p.m. Pacific slot to 10 a.m. Pacific. We’ll go from 10 – noon until the ForzaRC regular season ends; though note that the October 11th and 18th shows will air at their normal 3 p.m. Pacific.

 

On today’s show we’re welcoming Elliott Lyons to the couch to talk about the opening week of the Forza Racing Championship, and his career in videogames. Next week our guest will be Wes Eckhart, lead producer on the Forza Racing Championship. Great guests make for a great show, so be sure and tune in at 10 a.m. Pacific on the official Forza Mixer and Twitch channels.

 

Finally, here’s a look at the rest of the Forza channel streaming schedule coming up next week:

 

 

The next edition of the Forza Week in Review will be published in October. See you then, Forza fans!