Forza Week in Review 1-19-18
If last week was a relatively slow news week in the world of Forza, we more than made up for it this week, with not one, not two, but four big releases. So, without further ado, let’s dive into a busy Week in Review!
Forza Horizon 3 Xbox One X Enhanced
First up on Monday we launched the Xbox One X Enhanced version of Forza Horizon 3. The biggest racing game of 2016 got the full native 4K treatment starting on Monday of this week, with a free download available to all X1X owners who own Forza Horizon 3. Seeing the beauty of Australia come to life in 4K is something special, turning an already beautiful game into something that must be seen to be believed.
If you want to know more about how Playground Games brought Forza Horizon 3 to life in native 4K, check out the interview with creative director Ralph Fulton at the Daily Star. One interesting tidbit from the Q&A that showcases the power of the Xbox One X – it only took a half day to get Forza Horizon 3 running in 4K on Playground’s development kits, and that included the initial setup of the kits themselves. Check out the rest of the story for more from Ralph about bringing new life to Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One X.
Hyundai Car Pack
Back in the Forza Motorsport 4 days, we surprised fans with a free Hyundai Car Pack featuring the original Hyundai Veloster, as well as Rhys Millen race version of the same car. This past week, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Hyundai announced not one but two new Veloster models – the Veloster Turbo and the performance-minded Veloster N. Hand in hand with that announcement came the launch of both cars in Forza Motorsport 7. Check it out:
The car pack features both the 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo and the Veloster N and is available to download now at no additional charge.
Totino’s Car Pack
New cars are a great way to kick off the new year and this month’s Totino’s Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 7 brought the kind of variety that Forza fans have come to expect. Along with race-ready additions like the 2017 BMW #24 BMW Team RLL M6 GTLM and the 1997 Lotus Elise GT1, we’ve got some unusual additions that have proven to be enormously well-received including oddballs like the 1970 Citroen 2CV and the 1968 Subaru 360 that are just begging to be painted, tuned, and raced in Forza 7.
Along with the car packs, Tuesday also saw the release of our most recent update for Forza 7. This update included a number of improvements to the game; for the full list check out the Release Notes thread on the Forza Forums.
New Bounty Hunter Event
We’ve got a new Bounty Hunter event and a new Bounty target for the Forza Community. Our very own John Schommer (GT: Johniwanna) is the player to beat in January and the competition is officially open as of this week. If you’d like to get involved, check out the “January Bounty Hunter” event in the Featured Events channel. Everyone who sets a time in the event will receive the 1977 Ford Escort RS1800 after the event is closed. In addition, players who end up beating John’s time once the event is closed will earn the 2016 Honda Civic Type R Forza Edition, the winner of this week’s Twitter poll. John’s going to be busy improving his time over the next few weeks, so look for this event to be one of the most challenging yet!
Series 4 League Details
Series 4 of our current League season begins tomorrow and, if you like high speed, you’re in for a treat. We’ve got three new events lighting up with Series 4, including a Ghost event starring cars from arguably the fastest division in Forza 7 – IndyCar! Alongside that we’ve got a new Simulation event featuring cars from the Vintage Sport Coupe division; cars like the 1959 BMW 507, 1957 Ferrari 250 California, 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster, and more. Finally, we’ll have a new Spec event (featuring Cosmetic damage this time around), starring the 2011 BMW Z4 as the car of choice. This series will also be your final chance to get the season reward – the 2017 #92 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR – so if you missed it during our December Bounty Hunter event, you’ve got one final chance in Leagues. Don’t miss out!
#Forzathon – Hot and Heavy Horizon
As if roaming Australia in native 4K wasn’t a good enough reason to return to Forza Horizon 3 this week, we’ve also got a new set of #Forzathon events live in the game. Play and win the2012 Porsche GT2 RS and the Halo Warthog among other great prizes. Take a look:
We’re hitting the weekend with another edition of #ForzaFriday – our weekly Friday live show on Mixer and Twitch. Join us as we show off more of the cars from the Totino’s and Hyundai Car Packs and of course mix it up online in with all of you in Forza 7. The fun kicks off at 3 p.m. Pacific, so don’t miss it!