Forza Week in Review 8-4-17
In today’s edition of the Week in Review, we tackle the latest batch of cars revealed in our Forza Garage series, celebrate the arrival of The Regalia, look back to the ForzaRC ChinaJoy Invitational Grand Finals, and much more! There’s a lot to get to, so let’s get started!
Forza Garage Week 3
Week 3 of the Forza Garage is here and, with it, we revealed more than 70 Japanese cars coming to Forza Motorsport 7, along with details on the body and wheel customization options that will be part of the game. You first saw the awesome widebody kit options in Forza Horizon 3 and I’m thrilled to say that, in addition to bringing back many of the widebody options that you loved in FH3, we’ve got new a number of new options that you’ve never seen before. In fact, there are new widebody options designed in house that run the gamut from underground setups to more race-inspired kits that I can’t wait for you all to see for yourselves.
Because we focused on Japanese cars this week, many of you noticed that Toyota was not included in the list. As you know, Forza Motorsport 7 will feature more than 700 cars at launch and our team is constantly working to license the vehicles that fans want to play. Unfortunately it isn’t always possible to align the interests of fans and the interests of our manufacturing partners. As a result, production Toyota vehicles are not represented in Forza 7. We’re as disappointed as you are about this news and, while we hope to bring Toyota production vehicles back to Forza games in the future, it is worth noting that a small number of Toyota race cars will be included in the game. Look for that list in a future edition of the Forza Garage.
The latest in an ever-growing line of videogame-themed cars arrived this week in Forza Horizon 3. If you’ve been playing Forza Horizon 3 but haven’t had a chance to try out the Regalia from FINAL FANTASY XV, what are you waiting for? The royal carriage of Prince Noctis and his buddies is a cruiser’s delight in Forza Horizon 3’s Australia. If you missed our Tuesday Drive stream, you missed johniwanna putting the Regalia through its royal paces (watch the replay on Mixer here).
For Forza Horizon 3 players who qualified for the Regalia (having played FH3 by August 1, 2017) the Regalia has already been sent your way – just check your Message Center under the Gifts tab and download your car. (Pro Tip: Once you’ve downloaded it, look for the Regalia in your garage under the manufacturer “Quartz”). For FINAL FANTASY XV players (who played that game by August 1), you will be receiving a code for the Regalia in FH3 via the Xbox Live message center. Happy cruising!
ForzaRC ChinaJoy Invitational Recap
First there was New York, then Le Mans, and last weekend, the Forza Racing Championship entered Asia for the first time! The ForzaRC ChinaJoy Invitational: Chevrolet Cup was held on Friday and Saturday of last week in Shanghai as part of ChinaJoy 2017, one of the largest game shows in the world. Here in the States, we produced a pair of shows recapping all the action from both days. For full results from the weekend, read our full recap over at the Forza Racing Championship Web site. The TL;DR version? The finals came down to two racers who proved that they absolutely belonged on the ForzaRC world stage. In fact, thanks to his ChinaJoy Invitational victory, we’ll see ChicPizza competing in our next ForzaRC event. How will he stack up? Time will tell!
#Forzathon – Drift Session
Tire spin, getting sideways, and nailing big air are the themes of this weekend’s #Forzathon events in Forza Horizon 3. Most notably, we’ve got the Nissan GTR Horizon Edition up for grabs; all you’ll need to do is nail 3 Stars on the Splash Down Danger Sign (look for it west of the Silver Sands Shipwrecks area) in a Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R. Check out the “Tokyo Lightning” event for something unique as well: complete a Co-Op race in a Japanese car to win 3 Wheelspins.
Dan on Car Stories Podcast
Can’t get enough podcasts about cars? Check out the Car Stories podcast, presented by the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. In fact, this week’s episode is particularly relevant for Forza fans, as it features an appearance by Forza creative director Dan Greenawalt. In the 45-minute discussion, Dan and hosts Kyle Hyatt and James McKeone talk about the early days of the Forza series, the process of building the hundreds-deep car list for a Forza game, and of course, a deep dive into Forza Motorsport 7.
Finally, we’re back this week for our #ForzaFriday livestream where we’ll be showing off new stuff like the Regalia in Forza Horizon 3, new Bucket Lists events, and of course some circuit racing in Forza Motorsport 6. The fun begins at 3 p.m. Pacific on the official Forza Mixer channel. I’ll be there, and you should too so see you then!