Forza Week in Review 10-5-18
From the amazing Xbox launch of Forza Horizon 4 at the world-famous Goodwood House in Chichester, England, to the Series 2 Playoffs of the Forza Racing Championship in Mexico City, to the October edition of Forza Monthly coming to you from Seattle, this has been one of the most thrilling and exciting weeks in Forza history. Oh, and we’re also celebrating the one-year anniversary for the launch of Forza Motorsport 7 this week! There’s so much to cover in this mega-sized edition of the Week in Review, so let’s dive in and get going!
Forza Horizon 4 @ Goodwood
If you’re a fan of cars and racing, no doubt you’ve heard of Goodwood House in the U.K. As home to the famous annual Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival, Goodwood isn’t just an important part of British racing h istory, it’s a vibrant part of modern automotive culture as well. Last week, Goodwood became the temporary home to an automotive festival of a different kind: the Horizon Festival. Xbox and Forza took over the estate for the week, inviting in dozens of our friends and partners, as well as influencers from across the globe, to celebrate the launch of Forza Horizon 4. Of course, the developers at Playground Games were on hand as well to show off awesome stuff like the new Route Creator feature on Inside Xbox. The Route Creator arrives on October 25 as part of the Series 2 update for the game.
For a racing nerd like me, being at Goodwood was a dream come true. Like many of you, I’ve seen footage of the Festival of Speed over the years, with thousands of fans on hand and incredible cars making their way up the famous hill. It was amazing to be at this famous place; only this time without those thousands of fans milling about everywhere. The inside of Goodwood House is a site unto itself, with fabulous oil paintings of British Royalty covering the walls. At one point, not long after I saw his gilded portrait on the wall, the current Duke of Richmond (Charles Gordon-Lennox, owner of the Goodwood Estate and founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival) walked in through the front doors of the home, smiling at everyone around him. Even for a Yankee like me, that moment made an impression.
Of course, fleeting moments with British royalty isn’t what the Forza Horizon 4 launch party was all about. It was about amazing cars, insane stunts, and bringing the thrill of the Horizon Festival to real-life beautiful, historic Britain. And the team delivered with fantastic moments that Forza fans will remember for a long time. Like the time Ken Block and his Hoonicorn tore up the asphalt (and tried to help an unlikely hitchhiker in the process):
Then there was the time the Forza Horizon 4 cover car – the McLaren Senna – decided to take on a trio of motorcross drivers in a race up the hill:
There was all of that and more at Goodwood and, as fun as it was, it was just the start for Forza fans. The same weekend we were launching the biggest Forza game yet into early access, the Forza Racing Championship was heading south of the border.
ForzaRC @ Mexico City
One long flight out of London and I found myself in Mexico City and the Forza Racing Championship Series 2 playoffs. Home to more than 20 million people, Mexico City is one of the world’s largest cities and the Auditorio Blackberry was the perfect place to bring more than 30 of the world’s best Forza drivers to determine who would be the Series 2 champ. Of course, only 12 of those drivers would compete in the Series 2 finals on Sunday, which meant that Friday and Saturday saw some harsh cuts as the field was whittled down to the final dozen drivers.
Standouts for Saturday included Sauber Zoom, who looked dominant in the qualifying rounds and was ready to live up to his stellar debut on the ForzaRC stage from the Series 1 Playoffs in Seattle. Noble b0x and G2 Laige also turned in strong performances, along with Veloce Racerz, who was looking like a dark horse winner coming into Saturday. Once the semi-finals rolled around, the competition took a serious step up.
With 24 drivers down to 12 for the Sunday Finals, the list of drivers looked like a Who’s Who of ForzaRC accomplishment, with all three Veloce drivers (Racerz, Virus, and ForceOne) getting into the Sunday races, albeit in three very different ways. We were set up for a fantastic Sunday of racing:
Four races later and we had a new Series champion in G2 Laige, albeit in controversial fashion. The fourth and final race of the day featured some controversial no-penalty calls, despite no lack of carnage on the track. In the end, Laige was triumphant, with b0x coming in second place, and Williams Mitch once again securing his second podium finish in ForzaRC Series finals.
As we look ahead to the Forza Racing Championship World Finals, happening in London at the GFinity Areana on October 20 and 21, the storylines are beginning to take shape. Noble b0x and G2 Laige are two of the quickest drivers in the world and each have a Series Championship. Who will prevail? It will all be settled on the track in just over two weeks. Before that, be sure and tune in to our October 10 World Finals preview show over at watch.forzarc.com where we will be setting viewers up for all the storylines going into London. In addition, we’ll be sitting down with the GFinity marshalls to discuss the stewarding decisions made during the Series 2 finals. Look for insight into what goes into marshaling ForzaRC races, as well as a detailed breakdown of the action in the Series 2 Finals.
Forza Motorsport 7 October Update
On Tuesday, we launched the October Update for Forza Motorsport 7. This month’s update features some behind-the-scenes work that sets up some important changes that are coming to the game soon. Notably, prize crates will be removed from Forza 7 in November, replaced by a new Race Shop feature that will allow players to still get items like Mod Cards, Driver Gear, and badges. Players have until this month to use any prize crates they have before the new system arrives. Look for more details on the Forza Motorsport 7 Race Shop in the future. For car fans, October is a big month in Forza Motorsport 7. In addition to the release of the Formula D cars (which are also available in Forza Horizon 4), we also have our featured Spotlight Car – the 1986 Merkur #11 MAC Tools XR4Ti. As Forza 7 turns one year old this week, the team is looking ahead to what the next year will bring for the game. Which brings us to…
Forza Monthly | October
The October edition of Forza Monthly aired earlier this week, featuring a recap of all the Forza Horizon 4 launch at Goodwood, ForzaRC in Mexico City, and all the latest Forza Motorsport 7 news. We welcomed rally driver and Forza streaming host Verena Mei to the show to talk Forza Horizon 4, as well as her Friday show “#HeyWatchThis.” In addition we also spoke with Mellish about the past week’s ForzaRC action in Mexico City, and welcomed Chris Esaki and Aaron Brooks from Turn 10 back to the Forza Monthly couch to talk about the October update for the game.
During the Forza 7 conversation, Esaki and Brooks took a deep dive into the work that the team is doing around “Forza Fundamentals”, aka the building blocks that make Forza… well, Forza. Of particular note was work that Turn 10 is currently undertaking around collisions, driving physics, and force feedback wheel support for the game. The conversation was long, freewheeling, and deep and, if you have any interest in where Forza Motorsport is heading, this was must-see stuff. Watch the replay of Forza Monthly here:
Also on Wednesday’s show, we kicked off the October Bounty Hunter in Forza 7. For the first time, we’re holding an open drift Bounty Hunter event, where players can use any RWD car and players can tune to their hearts’ content. That tuning will be a crucial component to the action and I can’t wait to see the scores pile up on the leaderboard. In addition to taking on Turn 10 developers Aaron Brooks (GT: Euro Nation) and Devin Carraway (GT: SpaceLionDC), as well as Raceboy 77, you’ll also be going up against five Formula Drift drivers in this event. As always we’ve got fantastic prizes that players can win for taking part and for beating our star opponents. Here’s the details:
|Name||Gamertag||Reward 1||Reward 2|
|Andy Hateley||Hateleydrift||2011 Subaru BRZ Forza Edition||200,000 CR|
|Matt Field||TheMattField777||2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP-570-4 Superleggera||200,000 CR|
|Alec Hohnadell||Hohnade118||2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR||200,000 CR|
|Corey Hosford||hossworth||1993 Ford SVT Cobra R Forza Edition||200,000 CR|
|Ryan Litteral||SD9K||2016 HSV HSV Limited Edition GEN-F GTS Maloo||200,000 CR|
|Aaron Brooks||Euro Nation||Crashed, Dummy Driver Gear||200,000 CR|
|Devin Carraway||SpaceLionDC||First of Firsts Driver Gear||200,000 CR|
|Raceboy77||The Driver Abides Driver Gear||200,000 CR|
|Participation||N/A||2017 Mercedes-Benz GT R||200,000 CR|
|Top 75%||N/A||2015 Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe||N/A|
|Top 50%||N/A||2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata Super20||N/A|
|Top 25%||N/A||Cop Driver Gear||N/A|
Live the Horizon Life
As of Thursday, Autumn has arrived in Forza Horizon 4! That means the trees are changing colors, the fall weather has arrived and, more importantly, new stuff has arrived in the game! New challenges are here, like the “007: Skyfall” challenge, as well as new cars for Car Pass owners in the 2002 Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type-A and the 2018 Nissan Sentra NISMO. These Car Pass DLC cars unlock on Friday and, in addition to the DLC cars, Autumn brings with it new #Forzathon Shop items, including the gorgeous 2017 Ferrari 812 Superfast and the 1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Forza Edition.
Here’s a visual breakdown of just some of the cool stuff happening in Forza Horizon 4 this season:
Adding DLC Cars in Forza Horizon 4
Before we wrap up the Week in Review, I wanted to add a quick note about accessing DLC cars in Forza Horizon 4. For DLC cars like the Formula D Car Pack, the Best of Bond Car Pack, and for weekly cars arriving as part of the FH4 Car Pass, players will need to individually grab each car and add it to their garage in order to drive them. One easy way to do that is to travel to one of your homes then access the “Autoshow” page. Look for the “DLC Cars” tab and select it. From there, you can select “View All Cars” and then individually choose the purchased cars you wish to add to your Horizon 4 garage.
Well, if it were possible to be out of breath after typing such a huge Week in the Review, then consider me winded. The biggest week in Forza history may be behind us but we’re far from done. We’ll be recapping all this news and more – and, happily, playing Forza Horizon 4 and Forza Motorsport 7 with all of you – on today’s edition of #ForzaFriday. Feel free to join us over on Twitch and Mixer beginning at 3 p.m. Pacific, and let’s put a bow on this amazing week together. See you then!