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Forza Horizon 3 Gone Gold

Brian Ekberg
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
[UPDATED with Ideal Specs, 9/22, 7:30 p.m.]

 

The worldwide release of Forza Horizon 3 is coming up on Sept. 27 (and four days earlier on Sept. 23 for Forza Horizon 3 Ultimate Edition owners), and today we crossed the latest milestone ahead of launch: Forza Horizon 3 has officially gone gold! With the game off for final pressings of retail discs and setup for digital release, we’re celebrating the good news with some additional updates, including Windows 10 PC specs, the full Xbox Live achievements list, and a very special addition to the Forza Horizon 3 vehicle roster.

 

Welcome the Warthog

Over the past six weeks, in our Forza Garage series, we’ve introduced all of the 350+ vehicles that will be arriving for Forza Horizon 3 at launch. Well, almost all of the them. Today we’re unveiling a unique addition to the Forza Horizon 3 lineup, a vehicle that has long been requested by both the Forza and Halo communities. For the first time in any Forza game, you can now drive the most famous ground vehicle in the Halo universe – the Warthog!

 

 

The 2554 AMG Transport Dynamics M12S Warthog CST is a civilian transport alternative to its militaristic cousin, the M12 Force Application Vehicle. What it may lack in brute force – you won’t find a turret on this version – it more than makes up for with its 720 bhp twin turbo V8, making it significantly faster than its FAV counterpart. The Warthog CST in Forza Horizon 3 is also ideally suited for the rough and tumble landscape of Australia. With the most advanced suspension in Forza Horizon 3 (with more than 70 cm of suspension travel), plus advanced dampening, you won’t find the combination of power and stability like this anywhere else in the Horizon Festival.

 

 

The M12S Warthog CST will be available at launch for Forza Horizon 3, and will be sent as a free download to everyone who has played either Halo 5: Guardians or Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One. Eligible players will receive codes to download the Warthog via an Xbox Live Message, and codes will begin to be sent out during the week of September 5. In addition, players who have not played an Xbox One Halo game will still have the chance to earn the Warthog via a special #Forzathon event coming to Forza Horizon 3 in October.

 

We’re celebrating the unveiling of the M12S Warthog CST with an upcoming in-depth look at the making of the vehicle in a very special edition of Heavy Metal Affliction. We’ll be chatting with the Halo masterminds at 343 Industries as well as the team at Playground Games on what it took to bring this iconic vehicle into the world of Forza Horizon 3. Look for that feature coming up soon on ForzaMotorsport.net.

 

Xbox Live Achievements

One thing is for sure: there’s a ton to do in Forza Horizon 3. From brand new features like Campaign co-op play for up to four players, cross-play capability between Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms, to the reintroduction of Auction House and Storefronts, and new events to try out (or customize yourself, using the new Horizon Blueprint feature), it’s clear that Forza Horizon 3 will be a joy to explore for casual and hardcore players alike. For those of you who want to start scoping their gameplay around boosting your Xbox Live gamerscore, we’ve got the full list of Xbox Live achievements for your perusing and planning:

 

Name Description Gamerscore
Welcome to Your Horizon Celebrate opening  your Horizon Festival site by putting on a spectacular Showcase. 10
You're the Boss Expand your Horizon Festival for the first time. 10
One of Us Win your first Exhibition race as Horizon Festival Boss. 10
Stay on Target Get 3 Stars on a Danger Sign. 10
"Do you even... oh, you do" Get 3 Stars on a Drift Zone. 10
You're Hired! Hire a Drivatar for your Drivatar Lineup. 10
You're Fired! Fill your Drivatar Line-Up and fire a Drivatar to make way for another. 20
Racer's Paradise Open a Festival in Surfers Paradise. 20
First Time Buyer Visit the Autoshow and buy your first car. 10
The Architect Blueprint and complete an exhibition. 10
The Player Complete another player's Exhibition Blueprint. 10
Champ Win your first championship. 10
Tonight We Ride Win your first Street Race. 10
I'll Just Take This Now Win your first Midnight Battle. 10
Street Racing Champion Win every Street Race and Midnight Battle. 50
Like a Needle in The Outback Find your first Barn Find. 10
Relic Hunter Restore all Barn Finds. 20
Throwdown Create and complete your first Bucket List Blueprint. 10
Community Crusher Play 10 player-created Bucket List Blueprints. 20
Drive to the Music You Love Sign 4 Radio Stations to your Festival. 10
Screaming through the Valley Open a Festival in Yara Valley. 20
Bushcraft Open a Festival in The Outback. 20
Maxed Out Fully upgrade a Festival site. 20
YOU MUST CONSTRUCT ADDITIONAL PYLONS Perform 10 Festival Upgrades. 20
Like a Boss Fully upgrade all Festival sites. 20
Best. Horizon. Ever. Complete the Final Showcase. 50
Exhibition Expert Complete an Exhibition at every race route in the game. 20
Horizon Hardcore Complete a championship starting at every race route in the game. 30
Starstruck Earn at least 1 star on any 50 PR Stunts. 10
PR Superstar Get 3 stars on all PR Stunts. 20
Eat My Dust Complete 10 Convoy Races. 10
Got Ourselves a Convoy Convoy for a total of 100 miles. 10
Life Complete Complete every Horizon Bucket List challenge. 20
Drop in the Bucket Complete 5 Bucket List challenges. 10
Who's Hiding These? Smash all 150 reward boards. 20
Backpacker Discover every beauty spot in the game. 20
I Know These Roads Drive down every road in Australia. 20
This My Jam Take part in 5 Skill Songs. 10
Perks of the Job Obtain a car from the Skill Shop. 10
I Want It All Complete every page in the Skill Shop (excluding temporary perks). 25
Spoiler Alert Fit parts from Rocket Bunny and Liberty Walk. 10
5 Star Seller - A+++++ Sell 5 cars via the Auction House. 10
Auction Fever Win a car in the Auction House, then add it to your garage. 10
Welcome to Horizon Online Complete 5 online events across Adventure and Freeroam. 10
Online Adventurer Complete 25 online events across Adventure and Freeroam. 30
Bring a Friend Complete an event in Co-op Campaign. 10
Road Buddy Complete 10 events in Co-op Campaign. 20
Forzatographer Take a photo of 300 cars for Horizon Promo. 20
Aussie Rules! Create and complete a Championship featuring only Australian cars. 10
High Roller Spend 1 million Credits on a car. 10
Fly Like A Regal Get 300ft on the airport Danger Sign using the Reliant Supervan. 10
Life's a Drag Complete a drag race at the Airstrip in every Car Class. 10
Endurance Hero Create an exhibition with 25 laps with rolling time of day and complete it against Pro Drivatars. 20
This. Is. FORZA! Create and complete a Championship with 100+ miles of racing over 10 events. 20
Ooh, Shiny! Obtain your first Horizon Edition car. 20
Mini Boss Reach Level 20. 10
Final Boss Reach Level 150. 25
Staying Connected Visit the Forza Hub from the Pause Menu. 10
Art Director Create a paint, setup a Tune, and start your Horizon Promo career. 10
Throw Your Weight Around Get a 3 Stars on a Drift Zone in a car weighing at least 2500kg. 10
Forza First Win a race in the Lamborghini Centenario. 20
Clever Girl! Get 3 Stars on 5 different PR Stunts in the 2017 Ford Raptor. 10
Totally meant to do that... Perform a Barrel Roll in any Buggy. 10
Underdog Get 3 Stars in a PR Stunt in a C Class car. 10

(Achievement list edited for content as of 8/30, 1:05 p.m. Pacific)

 

Recommended/Ideal PC Specs

Finally, we know lots of players are preparing to enjoy Forza Horizon 3 on Windows 10 PCs and today we’re revealing the recommended specs. Naturally Forza Horizon 3 will require DirectX 12-enabled machines and Windows 10. Here’s the details for the recommended and ideal specs:

 

Recommended
CPU i7 3820 @ 3.6GHz
GPU NVIDIA GTX 970 or NVIDIA GTX 1060
  AMD R9 290X or AMD RX 480
VRAM 4GB
RAM 12GB
Hard Drive Type HDD
Available Space 55 GB
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Windows Version Windows Anniversary Edition 64-bit 14393.101

 

Ideal Specs
CPU i7 6700 @ 4.0GHz
GPU NVIDIA GTX 980Ti or GTX 1080 | AMD R9 Fury X
VRAM 6GB
RAM 16GB
Hard Drive Type SSD
Hard Disk Space 55 GB
Resolution 3840 x 2160
Windows Version Windows Anniversary Edition 64-bit 14393.102

 

Forza Horizon 3 players will have a tremendous amount of adjustment options when playing on Windows 10. From basic options like full screen, vertical sync, and resolution, to more advanced adjustments like quality settings for motion blur, mirrors, reflection, static and dynamic geometry, we’re giving Windows 10 players the power to play the way they want. Whether playing on the recommended specs or pushing the hardware limits to deliver the ultimate 4K racing experience, Forza Horizon 3 players will have lots of options for making the most of their experience.

 

Language Support

Forza Horizon 3 will be fully localized (voice and text) for English, Brazilian Portuguese, French, and German, and Spanish (Mexican). and includes language support (text) for Italian, Polish, Spanish (Iberian), Korean, Japanese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

 

One additional note for PC players, we know there are a lot of PC players who want to know more about using wheels in Forza Horizon 3. Look for an update on wheel support in Forza Horizon 3 on Windows 10 in an upcoming story in the future.