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Forza Week in Review 2-16-18

Brian Ekberg
Friday, February 16, 2018

 

Surprise! It’s been a week of huge announcements in the world of Forza. Some of those, like the announcement of our 2018 Forza Racing Championship season, have been more or less expected. Others, like Alan Hartman’s Bounty Hunter were telegraphed beforehand, even though we’ve thrown in a new twist to Bounty Hunter this month. And still others – like the early release of the February Update for Forza Motorsport 7 – were a complete surprise. Let’s dive into all of that and more in this (not so surprisingly) very busy edition of the Week in Review!

 

February Update

Sure, we originally said that the February update for Forza Motorsport 7 was coming on February 19. Instead, we went early, releasing the update on Thursday of this week. Call it a decision made to avoid releasing the pack on a holiday (Feb. 19 is president’s day in the U.S.), or chalk it up to us wanting to get all of these amazing updates and content out to players that much earlier. Either way, the update is available now and it’s a doozy.

 

In addition to a ton of fixes and improvements to the game (read all the details here in the Forza Forums), today’s update includes two critical esports feature additions in Spectate and Seed the Grid. Long-time Forza Motorsport players will likely feel right at home with the Spectate; you can jump into a private or public race, switch between cameras and enjoy the race the way you like. Improved performance means that car stuttering in Spectate is a thing of the past, and improved positioning fidelity means that car positions while spectating a race are 100 percent accurate.

 

The Seed the Grid feature has seen a big upgrade in Forza 7. Lobby hosts now have more screen real estate to set the race grids, and can easily view position change information updated in real time before the race begins. In short, Seen the Grid looks better than ever and is easy to use as well.

 

The February update also brings with it the new Dell Gaming Car Pack for Forza 7. Leading off this pack is the already legendary Bugatti Chiron, which was perhaps the most requested car by Forza 7 fans. Check it out in all its glory:

 

 

Spectate and Seed the Grid represent the first of our esports features in Forza Motorsport 7. Look for more new features to arrive in the game in the near future, especially since we’re all preparing for the start of our next season of Forza Racing Championship awesomeness. Speaking of which…

 

Forza Racing Championship 2018

It’s nearly time to fire up those engines and get ready for the green flag because the Forza Racing Championship 2018 is on! Announced earlier this week, the Forza Racing Championship 2018 will feature two series – one in spring and one in late summer – ending with our 2018 World Championships from London in October. Before competition begins, we’re kicking things off with the Pre-Season Invitational, which will be held on March 24 in Seattle.

 

 

Look for more information on ForzaRC 2018 in the coming weeks. In the meantime, head over to ForzaRC.com and register for competition now!

 

February Bounty Hunter – Alan Hartman

Want to pit your skills against the big boss of Forza? You’ve got not one but TWO opportunities to show Turn 10 studio manager Alan Hartman (GT: The man who ran) what you’re made of, with our pair of Bounty Hunter events, currently live in Forza Motorsport 7. This dual-event Bounty Hunter is a first for Forza Motorsport and Alan plans to give it all in both events.

 

In addition to the fun of the events themselves – you can find them both in the Featured Events channel of Rivals – we’ve got some great rewards for both events coming up. Take a look:

 

Bounty Hunter Event 1 – Valentine’s With a Hart(man)

Participation Reward: 2016 Porsche GT3 RS

Winner Car: 1993 Ford SVT Cobra R Forza Edition

 

Bounty Hunter Event 2 – Valentine’s With a Hart(man)

Participation Reward: 1958 MG MGA

Winner Car: Jaguar XJ220 Forza Edition

 

Weekly photo contest winner by WindsweptDragon

 

Remember, all you need to do to win the participation reward is set a lap in the event – there’s no easier way to get the awesome GT3 RS and MGA (a car that Alan actually owns in real life, no less!) Players who beat Alan’s final time in each event when they close will with the respective reward car as well. All reward cars will be sent out after the event closes. Happy hot-lapping!

 

Celebrate the Year of the Dog

Happy Lunar Year! We’re celebrating the Chinese new year holiday in Forza Motorsport 7, with a brand new Driver suit with an awesome Year of the Dog design. Check it out:

 

 

We’ll be showing off the Year of the Dog suit in today’s edition of #ForzaFriday, our weekly livestreaming show on Mixer and Twitch. After the show is over, we’ll be gifting out suit to all Forza 7 players. Happy new year!

 

FM7 #Forzathon Update

Yesterday, the most recent set of Forza Motorsport 7 #Forzathon events was inadvertently expired in the game. We plan to rebuild those events and activate them as soon as possible next week. Those reactivated events will live until the end of the month, at which time they will be replaced with a new set of #Forzathon events beginning in March. Look for more details on those soon and thanks for your patience.

 

Leagues – Series 4

The final Series of our current “A Lovely League” season begins tomorrow! This series is your final chance to get the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Forza Edition season reward. Complete an event the series and you’ll earn a brand new Driver Gear suit as well. Here’s a look at the Series 4 events:

 

Event 01 – Ghost – Elite Factory Racer

Event 02 – Simulation – Sport Touring

Event 03 – Spec Sim – Mazda MX-5 Cup

 

Weekly photo contest winner by FRT Geovani

 

Forza Livery & Photo Contests Reminder

Here’s a quick reminder that, starting last week, we’ve changed the rewards systems for our weekly photo and livery contests on the Forza Forums. Now, weekly winners can choose from an ever-growing list of exclusive cars as their reward, in addition to our regular credit gifts for winners. Remember, each weekly contest is featured in a new post on the forums, along with complete rules and the updated list of reward cars to choose from. Here’s the link to this week’s Photo and Livery contests.

 

#Forzathon – Forza Horizon 3 – Built for a Purpose

The Subaru BRAT Horizon Edition is the star attraction for this week’s Forza Horizon 3 #Forzathon events. “Built for a Purpose” is the theme and, in addition to the BRAT, we’ve got XP ,credits, and wheelspins up for grabs. Take a look:

 

 

That wraps for one crazy week in Forza Land! Enjoy the weekend and we’ll see you in next Friday’s  edition of the Week in Review!