Forza Week in Review 11-16-18

Brian Ekberg
Friday, November 16, 2018


What better way to kick off an edition of the Forza Week in Review than with news of an expansion? This past weekend, during the X018 broadcast of “Inside Xbox” from Mexico City, Playground Games announced the first expansion for Forza Horizon 4 – Fortune Island! In a brief video hosted by Playground’s Ben Thaker-Fell we heard about the first details of what is going to be the largest expansion ever in the Forza Horizon series.


The location? The mysterious Fortune Island, home to wrecked Viking warships, ancient castles, and, by the sound of things, lots and lots of treasure. You’ll be hunting that treasure on this island full of epic driving experiences, including ravines, cliff-top roads, and drift-ready paved mountain switchbacks that would make the Alps’ Stelvio Pass blush with shame.



In addition to the extreme terrain, players will also experience some of the most ferocious weather in Forza history with thunder and lightning storms, as well as the gorgeous hues of the Aurora Borealis.


During the brief teaser, we also caught a glimpse of new Lamborghini Urus, which is one of the drivable vehicles that will be part of the expansion. Look for much more information on Fortune Island in the coming weeks ahead of its release on December 13!


Series 3 Stream Coming Monday

Live from Playground Games, don’t miss Monday’s special Forza Horizon 4 stream starting at 10 a.m. Pacific/6 p.m. GMT on the official Forza Mixer and Twitch channels. During the show, the team will be showing off the latest goodies from the upcoming Series 3 update for the game. The team will also be joined by a special guest for an expert’s insight into the great user-created Blueprint events the community has been sharing. Don’t miss this in-depth look at what’s to come in Series 3!


Gymkhana 10 Cars

One other bit of fun you might have noticed during the X018 “Inside Xbox” airing: a fun video showcasing all of the Hoonigan cars arriving in Forza Horizon 4. Some – like the Hoonitruck and the Ford Escort Cosworth -- are already in the game. Others are still to come, including the 2016 Ford Focus RS RX and the 2017 Ford Fiesta ST, which are still to come. Then there’s the 1965 Hoonigan Gymkhana 10 Ford Hoonicorn Mustang, which is available this week in the #Forzathon Shop for just 200 #Forzathon points! Here’s a look at all of the cars in action:



If you can’t get enough of Hoonigan and the Gymkhana cars, don’t miss out on the new Amazon Prime Video series “The Gymkhana Files” which debuts its first two episodes today on Amazon’s video streaming service. Look for two episodes per week leading up to the debut of GymkahanTEN.


Spring Is Here

The season of rebirth has arrived in Forza Horizon 4 and that means tons of cool new stuff to do. Here’s a look at some of the great stuff on tap:





The 1988 BMW M5 Forza Edition and the 1965 Hoonigan Gymkhana 10 Ford Hoonicorn Mustang are available in the #Forzathon shop and there are two new Vauxhall models in Forza Horizon 4 this week for Car Pass owners – the 2010 Vauxhall Insignia VXR and the 2004 Vauxhall VX220 Turbo.


New Forza 7 Update

Earlier this week, Turn 10 launched the latest update for Forza Motorsport 7 (ver. 1.149.2093.0). This update fixes an issue where players were incurring 100% damage after running over kerbs on certain tracks, while driving with Simulation damage enabled. For the full list of Release Notes for Forza Motorsport 7, check out Release Notes & Known Issues on the Forza Support site.


Hot Wheels & ‘Your Shot’ Photo Contests

A quick update on the Hot Wheels photo contest we announced on the November edition of ‘Forza Monthly.’ Along with our partners at Hot Wheels, we have decided to postpone this contest to a later date. Once we know more about when the new dates are, I’ll be sure to let everyone know. In the meantime, we have a new photo contest just firing up…



Starting this week we’re opening a brand new contest and the prize is a small slice of Forza immortality. We’re opening a new photo contest where the winning entries will be used as intro and outro graphics for two of our weekly streaming shows – Johniwanna’s “Thumbs Up Thursday” and StarGirlRacing’s “#HeyWatchThis.” This contest is different from our normal photo contests, in that is has some specific asks of entrants in terms of which cars to use, liveries, etc. For the full rundown, check out the post on the Community Events section of the Forza Forums. Good luck to all entrants, we can’t wait to see what you come up with.


‘A Bounty-Ful Hunter’ Update

We’re one week into the latest Forza Motorsport 7 Bounty Hunter event and our own Plink is currently sitting in the top spot among Turn 10 drivers. Remember, this event has nine Turn 10 bounties to choose from and for each one of us you beat, you’ll earn in-game credits and a sweet car to go along with it. We’ve also got prizes for participation and for how you finish on the event leaderboard. Here’s a reminder on who is participating, their associated bounty rewards, and their current best times on the event leaderboard:


Gamertag Reward 1 Reward 2 Current Time
fuzzynoise 2013 McLaren P1 100,000 CR 1:11.451
Japandru 2011 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento 100,000 CR 1:13.921
Drawing Curtain 2002 Ferrari Enzo Ferrari 100,000 CR 1:13.587
Plink 1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion 100,000 CR 1:10.871
Lounge Toy 1993 Jaguar XJ220 100,000 CR 1:11.023
cjsion3 2015 Nissan #23 GT-R LM NISMO 100,000 CR 1:17.521
Mechberg 2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione 100,000 CR 1:14.703
Future Phil 2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus 100,000 CR 1:12.935
vinl1300 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona HEMI Forza Edition 100,000 CR 1:14.290
N/A 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Forza Edition 250,000 CR  
N/A 1997 BMW M3 Forza Edition 100,000 CR  
N/A 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport 100,000 CR  
N/A 2013 Ferrari LaFerrari 100,000 CR  


This event ends in December, so don’t miss out!


Forza weekly photo contest winner by WheezyARMANDO


Hot Wheels #Forzathon Events

Our celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hot Wheels is full speed ahead in Forza Motorsport 7. In addition to our ongoing events happening throughout the month – like our “Hot Wheels Anniversary Special #Forzathon event – we kicked off a new #Forzathon event this week called “Spitting Flames”. In this event, complete six laps at Road America East Route in the Hot Wheels Twin Mill and you’ll secure the Hot Wheels 1970s Driver Gear.


Streaming Schedule – Week of November 19

Next week is Thanksgiving here in the States and that means there won’t be a new edition of the Forza Week in Review – we’ll return with another edition on Friday, November 30.


While the WIR is taking a week off, we’ve still got a great week of streaming shows happening. In addition to the Playground Games Series 3 stream on Monday, we’ve got pro race driver Shannon McIntosh filling in for Alie Tacq on Monday, and the ForzaRC’s own Mellish filling in for Johniwanna on Thursday’s edition of “#ThumbsUpThursday!” Here’s a look at how the week shakes out:




If you’re celebrating in the States next week, happy Thanksgiving! For everyone else, have a great week, and we’ll be back with another edition of the Week in Review on November 30!