Forza Week in Review 3-2-18
Welcome to this week’s installment of the Forza Week in Review, where we’re ticking down the details on the latest #Forzathon events in Forza Motorsport 7 and Forza Horizon 3, taking a look at this week’s Forza 7 League Series, and our new Community Choice Rivals event, and more.
This week was an especially fun one for me, as I headed off to Dallas to attend broadcast training along with a number of other hosts, analysts, and reporters that will make up the team for the Forza Racing Championship 2018 season. It was fantastic to be together with old friends, to meet some new faces, and to really dive deep into the upcoming 2018 Season. It all kicks off with the Pre-Season Invitational, which will be broadcast on March 24 in Seattle. The broadcast crew that is set to bring you all the action is primed and ready to make this the best season yet and we can’t wait to get things kicked off.
There’s still more information coming about the ForzaRC to come – details on the cars and tracks in the events, scoring details, etc. You know, all the important stuff! All of that detail will be coming in the near future; in the meantime, if you haven’t already, head over to www.forzaracingchampionship.com and make sure you are registered for competition.
Now, let’s dive into the Week in Review!
Forza Horizon Now X1X Enhanced
Feel like a trip back to Colorado? For many Forza Horizon fans, returning to the original Forza Horizon will be like goinghome. The game that kicked off the open world Forza fun back on Xbox 360 is now officially enhanced for Xbox One X. To take advantage of the Xbox One X enhancements for any Xbox 360 game enhanced for Xbox One X, you can select your settings in the Xbox 360 guide. More information on these settings is available over at Major Nelson’s blog. Enjoy your time back at the original Horizon Festival!
Alan Hartman Bounty Hunter Update
How are you holding up in our dual Bounty Hunter events so far? As you may know, Turn 10 studio manager Alan Hartman has put his racing reputation on the line in not one but two Bounty Hunter Rivals events. Alan’s final times will be set this weekend, which means players will have a few more days to beat him before both events close on Wednesday, March 7 at midnight Pacific.
As of this writing, Alan has some respectable times on both event leaderboards – a 1:48.587 on Event #1 (at Daytona) and a 4:03.536 on Event #2 (at Le Mans). As with all Bounty Hunter events, expect those times to go down before it’s all said and done. And remember we’ve got some fantastic exclusive cars up for grabs in both events:
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
The final push begins now. Good luck to all you hot-lappers!
#Forzathon – Forza 7
The new crop of March #Forzathon events in Forza Motorsport 7 are here. There are six events in total, with prizes ranging from the sublime – like the 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD-455 and the Bentley Continental GT Speed – to the (only slightly) ridiculous, like the Joust Driver Gear and the Plymouth Prowler. As with all Forza 7 #Forzathon events, these challenges feature multiple stages and will take you through different modes, cars, and tracks. Enjoy!
#Forzathon – FH3 – Renaissance Drivers
The theme for this week’s Forza Horizon 3 #Forzathon events is “Renaissance Drivers” and the goal is to show off your well-rounded driver skills across a variety of events. Racing, drifting, even drag racing, and Playground Games count, and there’s riches to be won in the form of wheelspins, credits, XP and the Dodge Dart Hemi Horizon Edition. Check it out:
March Leagues Series 2
Series 1 of our “Marching Motors” League Season is ready to wrap up, which means that Series 2 is teed up and waiting to begin. We’ve got a bit of a GT theme with Series 2, which features both the Vintage Sport GT and GT Racing Reborn Divisions. Here’s a look at all three events going live tomorrow:
Event 01 – Ghost – GT Racing Reboth
Event 02 – Simulation – Vintage Sport GT
Event 03 – Spec Sim -- #30 Ferrari F333
This week’s Series prize is the 2014 Ford FPV Limited Edition Pursuit Ute Forza Edition and the Season Reward is the 2012 MINI John Cooper Works GP Forza Edition.
New Rivals Events
This week, we started our Community Rivals polls. In March, followers of the official Forza Twitter channel will be able to vote in weekly polls to select the kinds of Rivals events they’d like to see in the game. This week, we gave players a track – Suzuka Full – and let voters select the car they wanted to run. The runaway winner was the 1991 Nissan R91CP. You can try out the event for yourself – look for the “March Community Rivals – Event #1” in the Featured Channel of Rivals mode. Look for a new poll on Monday, and a new event each week in the month of March.
In addition to the Community Rivals event, we introduced “#ForzaRC March Training Grounds” event. You’ll be driving the 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera using competition settings. That means Suggested Line, ABS, STM, TCS, and Friction Assist are all set to off. In addition, shifting is forced to manual w/clutch. This is a fantastic place to start if you want to acclimate yourself to the highly competitive world of the Forza Racing Championship.
That’s it for this week’s edition of the Week in Review. Be sure to hit up the clue thread for our March Car Pack, where Johniwanna has concocted a new list of intensely vague clues for the new set of rides coming to Forza 7. The pack itself arrives on Tuesday, March 6, along with the latest update for Forza Motorsport 7. We’ll be hitting the livestream today at 3 p.m. Pacific for #ForzaFriday, trying out the new Rivals events, and of course racing multiplayer with viewers. Check it out at Mixer and Twitch; see you then!