Forza Week in Review 3-22-19

Brian Ekberg
Friday, March 22, 2019


Let’s start with something pure and joyful in this edition of the Forza Week in Review. In practically every WIR story we celebrate the great work of the Forza community in one way or another. Whether it’s showing off photo contest winners, or talking about great collaborations like the recent #TeamAkane tribute from the PTG team, there’s always great stuff happening. But in my time here at Forza, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like this: a miniature stop-motion masterpiece featuring the Forza livery tool and the masterful abilities of creator PTG FOX. If you haven’t already seen it, check this out:



A month-and-a-half of work, 656 screenshots on Xbox, approximately 43,000 layers in the livery tool… and he wrote and performed the music as well! Congratulations to PTG FOX on a newly minted Forza community classic!


Now, on with the Week in Review!


Forza Horizon 4 - Autumn

Fall is here in Forza Horizon 4, which means a new mix of events to make your way through in the game. Open up the Festival Playlist and you can see everything that’s available to you this week (along with the winter and spring seasons yet to come in Series 7).



Between the Crash N’ Splash weekly #Forzathon challenge where it’s all about Extreme Offroad action, and the ongoing Season and Series completion challenges, there’s something for everyone. In the Autumn Season, there are two new cars available to pick up, including Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s #25 RTR Mustang as well as the 1965 Pontiac GTO.


A word about completion percentages for these Season and Series reward cars. After listening to community feedback, Playground is currently testing an update that will lower the completion percentage from 100 percent to 80 percent. The 50 percent completion percentage will stay the same for rewards but the updated completion requirements will back date. So, for example, if you got 83 percent completion in the summer season, you would receive the Porsche 914/6. Look for this change to surface in the game as early as next week.


Also, earlier this week, Playground Games issued a server-side fix that addressed issues affecting Quickplay Online Adventures, where players were disconnected at the end of an adventure before getting their rewards.


Forza Motorsport 7 – Drift Bounty Hunter

How’s your drifting looking this month? Between the new drift cockpit camera and the new RTR cars, there’s no better time than now to practice getting your favorite cars sideways. Even doubly so because of our ongoing Drift Bounty Hunter event, where you can pit your drifting skills against the likes of Team RTR pros Chelsea DeNofa and Vaughn Gittin Jr. (GTs: ChelseaDeNofa and VGJXX5, respectively), as well as Turn 10 developers Aaron Brooks and Devin Carraway (GTs: Euro Nation and SpaceLionDC).


The current world #1? That would be JSR AziDhk, who has posted an astonishing 102,370 points on the Dubai Mountain Circuit as of this writing. Can you beat that score? Maybe not. More likely than not, however, there’s someone on your Xbox Live Friends leaderboard that you can knock off. So find the “Drift With the Pros” event under the Featured Events Rivals channel and get to sliding!


Forza weekly photo contest winner by holden88805.


Here’s a look at the new events coming to Forza Motorsport 7:


Hoppers – Next Rotation on March 29

Ghost – Formula E Division

Cosmetic – Hot Hatch Icons Division

Simulation – Sport Coupe Division

Virus Tag – B Class

Keep the It – A Class

Pass the It – S Class


Leagues – Next Rotation on March 23

New Season: “Torque Steering”

Event 01 – Ghost – Sport GT Division

Event 02 – Simulation – Major Micros Division

Event 03 – Spec Ghost – Aston Martin One-77

Event 04 – Cosmetic – S Class


Specialty Dealer – Next Rotation on March 26

1989 Porsche 944 Turbo

1998 Eagle Talon Tsi Turbo

1979 Datsun #33 Bob Sharp Racing 280ZX Turbo

1983 Volvo 242 Turbo Evolution


#Forzathon – Next Rotation on March 22

Stay Crunchy – Complete a race in any Multiplayer hopper – Reward: 60,000 credits

Starting Out – Complete a race at Mugello in an Alfa Romeo; win a race at Laguna Seca in a Dodge – Reward: Paintball Driver Gear

Tuner’s Delight – Complete a race at Road America in an A-Class Hot Hatch Icons Division car; complete a race where you go at least 150 mph at Brands Hatch; complete two Experimental Drag races – Reward: 2010 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor


Forza weekly photo contest winner by QuickSloth10237.



If you missed last week’s edition of #ForzaFriday you missed a great conversation with Forza Motorsport design director Chris Esaki. Today we’ve got another fun Turn 10 guest lined up – senior developer Mike Grodin, who will be making his first appearance on Forza streams. We’ll be chatting about Mike’s role at Turn 10 and playing Forza Motorsport 7 with viewers, so make sure you’re around to get in on the conversation, ask questions, and join in on the racing fun. It all begins at 3 p.m. Pacific on the Forza Mixer and Twitch channels.


Before we head out for the weekend, here’s a look at what’s upcoming next week on the Forza channels, including the debut of our new Sunday show featuring our very own Co Pilot, who will be taking viewers along on her journey towards "git gud" status in Forza. The adventure begins with "Sunday Suffering," debuting on Sunday, March 31!