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Forza Motorsport Week in Review 7-31-15

Brian Ekberg
Friday, July 31, 2015

This week we’ve got news on a big update to Forza Rewards, the latest car reveals for Forza Motorsport 6, a wrap of last year’s Forza Fuel program, and more! Let’s dig into another edition of the Week in Review!

 

Forza Rewards Updates

By now, many of you are probably familiar with Forza Rewards – the Forza loyalty program that rewards players with in-game gifts for playing Forza games. Back at E3 2015, we let you know that Forza Rewards would be changing ahead of the launch of Forza Motorsport 6. In addition to adding new Tier levels, we’re also making it easier to achieve the current Tiers, as well as increasing the frequency of payouts for the month of August. Here, we’ll break down how the new Forza Rewards system will work going forward.

 

Forza Horizon 2 weekly community photo contest winner from SaturnLolman 

 

New Tiers

Forza Rewards divides players into Tier Levels. Players earn Forza Rewards points, and thus increase their Tier level, by playing Forza games on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Currently the highest Forza Rewards Tier players can reach is Tier 7, which requires 8,500 Forza Rewards points. The current maximum amount of points is 12,000, which includes points scored in games as far back as Forza Motorsport 2 and up to the recent Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious standalone expansion.

 

When the new Forza Rewards system goes live today, we will be adding two new tiers to Forza Rewards – Tier 8 and Tier 9. Tier 8 will begin at 10,000 Forza Rewards points and Tier 9 will start at 12,500 points. This means that a percentage of Tier 7 players (those who have 10,000+ points) will immediately become Tier 8 with the new system. Incidentally, no players will be able to reach Tier 9 until Forza Motorsport 6 launches.

 

In addition to the new Tier levels, we are also making some important changes to the Tier scoring model. Essentially we are leveling the Tier scoring model beginning at Tier 5. Currently, the Tier system has been relatively inconsistent – for example, it takes 2,000 points to go from Tier 4 to Tier 5, but only 1,000 points to move from Tier 5 to Tier 6. Here’s a look at the current system:

 

Tier

Points

Delta

1

0

0

2

100

100

3

700

600

4

2500

1800

5

4500

2000

6

5500

1000

7

8500

3000

 

With this latest update, we will be instituting the following Tier level system:

 

Tier

Points

Delta

1

0

0

2

100

100

3

500

400

4

1000

500

5

2500

1500

6

5000

2500

7

7500

2500

8

10000

2500

9

12500

2500

 

As you can see, once a player gets to Tier 5, it will require 2,500 points to move to a new Tier level. For some players who are close to a new Tier level in the current system, they will automatically jump to a new Tier level. For example, a current Tier 4 player (with a minimum of 2,500 points) will immediately jump to Tier 5 in the new system.

 

Forza Horizon 2 weekly community photo contest winner from PentaxAngel Hun

 

So, why are we making this change? As we looked at the number of players that sit at each Tier, we realized that the irregular Tier point delta was making a couple of Tiers have abnormally under or over-populated. This new, more regular model will move more people up to fill in the relatively vacant Tiers, while simultaneously maintaining exclusivity for our most loyal fans. Note that the new scoring system is going into affect today and players may notice anomalies in the next 24 hours as the Forza Rewards system updates.

 

Weekly Payouts in August

For the month of August, we’re making some important changes to Rewards payouts. The biggest news is that, for at least the month of August, Forza Rewards payouts will move to a weekly cadence. New rewards will be made available every Friday, beginning on July 31 (yes, we’re starting a day early!) As always these Rewards will be available either on the Forza Rewards section of FM.net or on the Forza Hub app on Xbox One.

 

To celebrate our new rewards cadence, we’re doubling the total credit rewards available in the month of August! For example, a player who would have earned 100,000 credits per game in July will now earn 200,000 credits per game in August, with the total credits amount divided among weekly payments. Please note that these rewards will expire each week, so make sure you come back to Forza Hub every Friday to check in on the latest Forza community news and claim your weekly credits!

 

Loyalty Rewards

All of these points totals and Tier levels have tangible results for Forza fans. Forza Rewards is the best way to make sure you get the most free stuff ahead of the launch of Forza Motorsport 6. We’re giving away free cars in Forza 6 based on your Forza Rewards Tier level. Here’s a breakdown:

 

· Tier 2: 2015 BMW M235i

· Tier 3: 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition

· Tier 4: 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe 

· Tier 5: 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S 

· Tier 6: 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

· Tier 7: 2014 Ferrari #62 Risi Competizione 458 Italia GTLM

· Tier 8: 2014 Audi #2 Audi Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro

 

A great example of the new system in action is the jump from Tier 7 to Tier 8. When we click over the new system, players who have more than 10,000 Forza Rewards points (previously Tier 7) will automatically upgrade to Tier 8, making them immediately eligible for the Tier 8 loyalty reward in Forza Motorsport 6 (the 2014 Audi #2 Audi Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro).

 

Regardless of your current Tier level, there’s still time to make the most of your Forza Motorsport 6 experience with Forza Rewards. The more Forza you play now, the more you have a chance to earn once Forza 6 launches in September. So why not fire up some Forza and earn your way to a new Tier level today?

 

For all the ways you can be rewarded in Forza Motorsport 6, check out our Forza 6 Loyalty Rewards story.

 

Forza Horizon 2 weekly community photo contest winner from BrodoSwaggins88

 

Forza Garage Update

Two BTCC race cars highlight this week’s update to the Forza Garage. First up we’ve got the 2014 Audi #67 Rotek Racing S3 Saloon, driven by Robb Holland, who was the first American driver to compete in a full BTCC season. The Rotek is joined by the 2014 Toyota #80 Speedworks Motorsport Avensis, created by the husband-and-wife team of Christian and Amy Dick. In addition to those two cars, we also added a number of additional BTCC and WTCC cars, including the 2014 Honda #2 Castrol Honda Civic WTCC, 2014 Honda #5 Zengo Motorsport Civic WTCC, 2014 Toyota #20 United Autosports Avensis, and the 2014 Toyota #11 Handy Motorsport Avensis. Add to that community favorites like the 1991 GMC Syclone, the 2012 Ultima GTR, and the 1992 Honda NSX-R and you’ve got the makings of another packed week of awesome cars, with more on the way.

 

Stay tuned next week for our special Gamescom Week edition of the Forza Garage! If you suspect there will be a theme… you are correct.

 

August Contest Schedule

Because of the madness of Gamescom and our ongoing behind-the-scenes work ahead of the launch of Forza Motorsport 6 (we’re a month and a half away!), we’re extending our first weekly photo contests in August for both Forza Horizon 2 and Forza Motorsport 5. These contests will begin on August 3 and run until August 12, giving us enough time to have a great Gamescom and then come back home and get back in the swing of things. Thanks for understanding and we look forward to seeing your entries!

 

Here’s a look at the full August schedule:

 

Forza Horizon 2 Photo Contests

August 3 – 12

August 13 – 19

August 20 – 26

 

Forza Horizon 2 Livery Contest

August 3 – 27

 

Forza Motorsport 5 Photo Contests

August 3 –12

August 13 – 19

August 20 – 26

 

Forza Motorsport 5 Livery Contest

August 3 – 27

 

ForzaFriday and Gamescom!

Forza Friday is on today! Yours Truly will be streaming some Forza Motorsport 5 beginning at 3 p.m. Pacific on our official Twitch channel, before taking off for Germany this weekend and spending all of next week at Gamescom. If you’re coming to the show, be sure and stop by the Xbox booth and say hello to me and/or Ian, who will also be on-hand from the Forza Community Team. We’d love to see you!

 

Next week promises to be a very busy one for Forza fans – look for new details on Forza Motorsport 6 direct from Gamescom, and a few surprises! Until then, have a great weekend!