Forza Week in Review 4-19-19
Welcome to another edition of the Forza Week in Review, where we’re coming off the back of a huge episode of Forza Monthly. Airing this past Monday, the April episode welcomed special guests from both Turn 10 and Playground Games, as well as professional drift driver, Formula D competitor, and Nürburgring drift-conqueror Vaughn Gittin Jr. to the show.
In fact, Gittin’s conquering of the Ring in epic slideways style was the subject of a big chunk of our discussion on Monday’s show. What started as a simple drive around the Ring in 2011 turned out to be an obsession for Gittin, who managed to take a specially tuned version of his RTR Mustang to Germany just for the purpose of drifting the entire 12+ mile behemoth track… but not before a failed attempt in 2016 that was ruined due to inclement weather. It wasn’t all a loss two years ago, as Gittin did manage to take a Ford Raptor around the track as a practice run before the ultimate excursion last year.
You can see a brand-new edit of Gittin’s King of the Ring video above; a video that will no doubt inspire other Forza 7 players to try and emulate the feat in the game. In fact, one such creation already exists, produced by the inimitable Don Joewon Song, who didn’t just manage to drift the Ring, he created a video based on a single run of the Ring. There’s no long introduction needed here; watch Don’s “Virtual King of the Ring” video for yourself:
So, who else has a drift lap or two of the Ring in them?
Forza Horizon 4
This week Playground Games launched a new update for Forza Horizon 4. This update removed the Car Pass Welcome Back screen and fixed an issue where the “Fred V & Grafix – Sunrise” song was no longer appearing in the Hospital Records radio station. This update also fixed an issue with ranked Drift Adventure series rewards UI to show progress and rewards earned. As always you can keep up to date with the latest updates to Forza Horizon 4 and other Forza games by heading over to the Support section here on FM.net.
Elsewhere in Horizon 4, the Autumn season has arrived, bringing new fun in the Festival Playlist and new cars to earn along the way. Specifically, this season we’ve got the 2012 Ferrari 599XX Evolution (50% season completion) and the 1967 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL (80% season completion). For Series completionists, the 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia Forza Edition (50% Festival Playlist) and the 2010 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (80% Festival Playlist) are also up for grabs.
On Monday we launched Forza Street, a new expression of Forza available on Windows 10 devices and coming to iOS and Android. For more on the game, check out the segment on Monday’s episode of Forza Monthly where I sat down with the Forza Street design director Andy Beaudoin to talk about the game. (Fast forward to the 56:00 mark to see the conversation.)
Forza Street was created to welcome a new audience of players and has been developed as a Forza product from the very beginning by Turn 10 alongside an external partner. In 2018, the game was released in limited regions for early testing and feedback under the code name of “Miami Street” prior to its global launch.
To keep up to date with the latest Forza Street news, you can follow the Forza Street Facebook page.
Forza Motorsport 7
Here’s a look at what’s happening in Forza Motorsport 7. Hoppers will be updated next week while, over in Leagues, we’re starting a new Series on Saturday called “Burning Rubber.” New events mean new rewards in Leagues as well, including the 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo and more.
Hoppers – Next Rotation on April 26
Ghost – Forza GT
Cosmetic – Modern Off-Roaders
Simulation – IndyCar
Leagues – Next Rotation on April 20
Event 01 – Ghost – Sport Touring
Event 02 – Simulation – Hypercar
Event 03 – Spec Cosmetic – 1981 Ford Fiesta XR2 Forza Edition
Event 04 – Class Ghost – B Class
Specialty Dealer – Next Rotation April 23
2017 Ford GT
2011 Ferrari FF
2014 Alfa Romeo 4C
2003 BMW M5
On today’s episode of #ForzaFriday I’ll be joined today by Chase Combs from the Turn 10 audio team. Chase was on Monday’s Forza Monthly this week to talk about the audio improvements that were part of the April update for Forza Motorsport 7 and, during today’s show, we’ll dive deeper into those improvements and talk about Chase’s career in the gaming industry and here at Turn 10. The show begins at 3 p.m. Pacific on our Mixer and Twitch channels, so don’t miss it.
Wrapping up the week, here’s a look at the streams coming to the Forza channels next week. See you then!