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Forza Week in Review 4-28-17

Brian Ekberg
Friday, April 28, 2017


Forza and Hot Wheels. Wait, let me say that again slower so it can sink in: Forza. And. Hot Wheels! Let’s just revel in the sound of that for a moment.



This week’s announcement that the famed diecast car manufacturer was bringing its own brand of automotive fun to the world of Forza Horizon 3 was one of the biggest surprises we’ve sprung on the Forza world. I mean, after all, everyone knew that a second expansion was coming to FH3. Was it going to be newly opened territory in Australia? New Zealand or Tasmania? As it turns out, the answer was something completely different, and that’s a very good thing. Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels looks, sounds, and plays unlike anything else in Forza history.


Of course, the first thing you think of with Hot Wheels and Forza is… ORANGE TRACKS. Yes, of course, if you haven’t already guesses from our screenshots and trailer, the Hot Wheels expansion is going be chock-full of the famous fantasy tracks, often suspended hundreds of feet in the air. Huge loops, boost zones, massive jumps – the kinds of things every Hot Wheels fans want to see in a videogame. And let’s not forget those amazing Hot Wheels cars like the Twin Mill, the Rip Rod, new off-roaders like the Jeep Trailcat and the Toyota Hilux AT38, a returning favorite in the Zonda R, and more, including a brand-new yet-to-be-revealed Barn Find.


It’s true: Forza Horizon 3: Hot Wheels can’t get here fast enough. If you can’t wait until the expansion’s launch on May 9 on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, you won’t want to miss our livestream debut on Monday, May 8. We’ll be blowing the roof off the Hot Wheels expansion live from Hot Wheels headquarters in El Segundo, CA, and we’ll be giving away codes for the pack itself during the show. Look for awesome special guests, an inside look at how Hot Wheels works, and of course, tons of gameplay from the expansion itself. Tune in on Beam and Twitch on May 8 starting at 1 p.m. Pacific for all the fun!


With the Hot Wheels expansion on its way, it should be noted that there will be no Forza Horizon 3 DLC car pack in May. In other words, we’re full speed ahead for the upcoming launch of Hot Wheels, so get ready!


Forza Horizon 3 community photo contest winner by Grev1uS

Hot Wheels Achievements

What’s that? Can’t get enough Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels news? You want a look at the expansion’s achievement list? OK, sounds good!


Achievement Name Achievement Description Gamerscore
Welcome to Horizon Hot Wheels Survive your first drive at Horizon Hot Wheels 10
The Upside Down Acclimitize yourself and complete your first race at Horizon Hot Wheels 10
Track Builder Swap out a stunt for another of your choosing using Stunt Swap Blueprint 10
Leadin' the Way Master a track by earning 3 medals for the first time at Horizon Hot Wheels 10
Speed Boost! Prove you have the chops to unlock A Class Events at Horizon Hot Wheels 20
Floor It! Master A Class Events to unlock S1 Class Events at Horizon Hot Wheels 30
Hope You Can Handle It Unlock S2 Class Events, the final challenge at Horizon Hot Wheels 30
Hot Wheels Champion Hold your nerve to win the Ultimate Hot Wheels Finale 50
Hot Wheels Hardcore Complete all races at Horizon Hot Wheels 30
Hot Wheels Stunt Master Get 3 medals on every Danger Sign, Speed Zone, Speed Trap and Drift Zone in Horizon Hot Wheels 30
Track Star Obtain every medal at Horizon Hot Wheels 30
Founding Year Complete a race in a car built in 1968 on Hot Wheels Islands 10
Collector's Edition Restore the Barn Find on Hot Wheels Islands 10
Challenge Accepted Complete a Bucket List challenge at Horizon Hot Wheels 10
Death Defying Survive every Bucket List challenge at Horizon Hot Wheels 20
Master of Friendship Complete 20 online races across Online Adventure, Co-op or Freeroam in Horizon Hot Wheels 20
Treasure Hunter Smash every reward board at Horizon Hot Wheels 20
Putting that power to good use Score over 50,000 Drift Points in the Hot Wheels Twin Mill in Horizon Hot Wheels 10
Bones Shaken Jump more than 500ft from a Hot Wheels Danger Sign in the Hot Wheels Bone Shaker 10
Drift for Days Nail 5 Hot Wheels Drifts in the Hot Wheels Ford Mustang 10
Jeep Trick Get 10 Ultimate Loop-the-Loops in the 2016 Jeep Trailcat 10
Ultimate Zen Finish High Speed Highway in the 2016 Zenvo ST1 in under 2 minutes 10
Totally meant to do that too! Land a Barrel Roll in the 2014 Arctic Trucks Hilux AT38 10
Hot Lap Complete the Goliath event in the 2010 Pagani Zonda R in less than 06:30:000 10
CHARGE! Hit 200 MPH in the 1972 Chrysler VH Valiant Charger R/T through a speed trap 10
Wild Card! Win an S1 Class race in the 1932 Ford De Luxe Five-Window Coupe 10
Orange is the New Track Discover every road at Horizon Hot Wheels 20
Time to Get Serious Complete your first Championship at Horizon Hot Wheels 10
Higher, Farther, Faster Put the time in and complete every Championship at Horizon Hot Wheels 30


ForzaRC Bounty Hunter Recap

Last weekend, the Forza Motorsport 6 community gave me an epic smackdown in our most recent Bounty Hunter event, proving once again that, as fast as I think I am, I’m nowhere near fast enough to keep up with the best. I had a heck of a time wrangling that Porsche 959 around the VIR North circuit, only to set my best time with just minutes to go in my final Sunday broadcast (check out the replay to relive the agony of defeat and that thrill of victory).


So how did you do? Whether or not you beat my final time, I hope you enjoyed the show and the Bounty Hunter competition. Prizes for the Bounty Hunter event (including that sweet never-before-awarded Opel Manta) go out today, so congratulations to all the winner. Now, with the Bounty Hunter complete, it’s time to get geared up for the real competition: Forza Racing Championship Season 3!


Forza Horizon 3 community photo contest winner by VIETLONG2000

ForzaRC Season 3 Begins Monday

Season 3 of the Forza Racing Championship is upon us! Competition begins on May 1 and, as you’ve probably seen there, things look slightly different for Season 3. Yes, we still have Elite and Recreation Series events for you. In the Elite Series, however, there have been some important changes that I wanted to address here. First, we have both a Rivals and a Race path for Elite players to follow. This is based directly on feedback from players, some of whom prefer hot-lapping while others want to race. You can see the format and schedule for Rivals and Race events by checking out the ForzaRC Rules page on the GFinity ForzaRC site.



The other big change for the Elite Series is the introduction of assists limitations. As we evolve the Elite Series, it’s important that we raise the skill bar for our most competitive players. With that in mind, for both Rivals and Race events in Season 3, we will be forcing assisted line to “off”. This limitation will be enforced automatically by Forza Motorsport 6 in Elite Series Rivals events, and enforced by race hosts during the Race events.


While we don’t anticipate changing the rules again this season, we are always listening to ForzaRC participants, and we encourage players to get in touch with us on Twitter (@ForzaRC) or on the forums and let us know what you think. Remember, registration for Season 3 is open now.


In the Elite Series, we’ve got two new Rivals events next week: On May 1, you’ll be driving the 1982 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3 at Catalunya National and, on May 4, look for the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S on Hockenheim National. In Recreation, you’ll be driving the 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 4.0 (997) on the Grand Tour Sprint Circuit in Forza Horizon 3.


Don’t forget to tune in for our first Sunday race qualifiers on Sunday, May 7. Good luck to everyone in Season 3!



Ever since the launch of the Porsche Car Pack for Forza Horizon 3, we’ve been adding new Porsche reward cars to the game, available via our #Forzathon series. That will continue in May; with new cars arriving and new #Forazthon events to play. Here’s a sneak peek at the month ahead:



In addition, we’ve got a bunch of new #Forzathon events on tap for weekend. Take a look:




Johniwanna will be hosting today’s #ForzaFriday show, which kicks off today at 3 p.m. Pacific. We’ve got a new Bucket List event to check out, new #Forzathon events to try, and more. In other words, cancel your Friday plans and hang out with us!

Forza Horizon 3 community photo contest winner by SFXFinalBoss