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Blizzard Mountain Is Here!

Brian Ekberg
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ready for a frozen adventure? Well, the wait is over, because the Blizzard Mountain Expansion for Forza Horizon 3 is here! Available today in the Microsoft Store as a standalone purchase or included as part of the Forza Horizon 3 Expansion Pass, Blizzard Mountain invites players to the snowy elevations of a brand new playable area of Forza Horizon 3’s Australia. This is a place where speedy vehicles are welcome, ice and blizzard conditions are the norm, and snow tires are heartily recommended.

 

 

For players on Xbox One S with HDR-ready hardware Blizzard Mountain is a visual treat. HDR allows you to see detail in the beautiful snow-covered terrain of Blizzard Mountain like never before thanks to the expanded contrast range available on the Xbox One S. Together with HDR, our physics-based rendering system ForzaTech brings even more accuracy to the experience, with sunlight bouncing off the snow and the ice, and frozen lakes glistening under the mountain’s all-new Australian winter skies, all immersing you in a completely authentic winter wonderland. Blizzards add to the challenge as they reduce visibility, but also, are a thing of beauty, as HDR allows you to see the sparkling detail of each falling snowflake in the unique glow of your favorite car’s headlights. In other words, gather your friends around that brand new 4K UHD TV and watch their eyes light up when you make your way to Blizzard Mountain on Xbox One S. For more on HDR gaming on Xbox One S, head over to Xbox.com, or read our HDR and 4K Gaming Primer.

 

 

A big part of the fun with Blizzard Mountain is the amazing roster of new cars and trucks coming to the game, each of which have been hand-picked to provide maximum fun in the extreme elevations and challenging weather conditions that can only be found on the mountain. Heading off the list is the brand new 2016 Ford GYMKHANA 9 Focus RS RX, otherwise known as Ken Block’s current trick-driving weapon of choice. Then there’s legendary rally racers like the 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Group B, the 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Group 4, alongside rough and ready trucks like the 2016 Nissan Titan Warrior Concept and the 1966 Ford F-100 Flareside Abatti Racing Trophy Truck and the 2016 RJ Anderson #37 RZR-Rockstar Energy Pro 2 Truck. Last but not least, the 2016 Subaru #199 WRX STI VT15r Rally Car is a slice of modern rally brilliance that must be driven to be believed. And don’t forget: this expansion will also feature a brand new barn find car, hidden somewhere in the snowy reaches of Blizzard Mountain.

 

[UPDATE 12/13 6:35 p.m. Pacific] –  Earlier today, players were having difficulty accessing Blizzard Mountain in game due to “Marketplace Errors.” After investigation, we have identified and fixed this error so players should no longer be seeing this error and should be able to access Blizzard Mountain expansion content as normal. For more information, check out the thread on the Forza Forums.

 

 

To celebrate the launch of the Blizzard Mountain expansion for Forza Horizon 3, we’re hosting a day-long stream showing off the best of what the mountain has to offer over on the official Forza Beam channel, where we’ll be playing the expansion, checking out all the cool new cars and trucks, and answering your questions along the way. Time to enjoy the snow!