Forza Week in Review 6-14-19
Another Forza E3 is in the books! Playground Games’ LEGO Speed Champions Expansion for Forza Horizon 4 was front and center from the show floor at the Microsoft Theater, as well as on stage during last Sunday’s Xbox Press Briefing. In addition, we took “Forza Monthly” on the road for the very first time. Whether you were with us this the entire time or are just now getting caught up, let’s get you caught up with a recap of E3 2019 week. Welcome to the Forza Week in Review.
Forza & LEGO Take the Stage
The LEGO Speed Champions expansion for Forza Horizon 4 was the big news for Forza fans at E3 2019. Featuring a mixture of Forza Horizon 4’s gameplay, events, and brick-collecting fun alongside a healthy dose of LEGO DNA, including that trademark LEGO humor, the expansion is unlike any LEGO-themed game before it. As LEGO’s own Chris Stamp put it to me this week, this was the notion from the very beginning – to bring the two worlds together in a way that neither team had done before.
You can now play the results for yourself, as the expansion launched on Thursday of this week. Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition owners get the LEGO expansion for no additional charge.
If you were on hand at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, you couldn’t miss the Forza section on stage. In addition to having lots of kiosks for fans to play the expansion demo, as well as a sled with wheel and pedal setup, the Forza section also featured its illustrious centerpiece: the LEGO McLaren Senna. Built from hundreds of thousands of individual LEGO bricks and weighing in at more than 3,300 lbs, the LEGO McLaren Senna is a LEGO master building marvel. Sitting inside the tight-fit cockpit, fans could also enjoy the interior amenities, such as a working info panel where you could turn on the headlights or check out the rear-view mirror. Pressing the big red button on the ceiling started the Senna’s “engine”, which could also rev with a press of the gas pedal.
The LEGO demo itself had fans lining up to take a go in the virtual Senna (and the LEGO-fied Mini Cooper) on a high-speed race through LEGO Valley, complete with UFO crashes, zipping through ghost-filled forests and past pirate coves, airports, and more. Fans who completed the demo were awarded with one of three collectible Forza pins featuring LEGO characters donning Forza race suits.
On Thursday of this week, Playground Games celebrated the launch of the LEGO Expansion with a special launch day livestream, live from Playground HQ:
To celebrate the launch of the LEGO Speed Champions expansion, we’ve got a challenge for Forza Horizon 4 players. Record your best video clips having fun in the world of LEGO Speed Champions and post the links to this thread in the forums. We’ll collect our favorites and show them off in the July edition of Forza Monthly. Time to crash some bricks!
Forza Monthly | Live from L.A.
We took the show on the road for the June edition of “Forza Monthly” where we were joined by members of Playground Games, LEGO and Turn 10 to talk about the present and future of the Forza franchise. Playground Games’ Mike Brown and LEGO’s lead designer Chris Stamp were the first up, showing off the LEGO Speed Champions expansion in great detail. Also during the show, we announced that more than 10 million players have played Forza Horizon 4 since the game’s launch in 2018 – a number most assuredly worth celebrating.
After the LEGO demo, we were joined by Turn 10’s Jennifer Yi, director of Forza Esports. Jen talked about the recent ForzaRC test we conducted last month, including some tantalizing details on the kinds of team-based formats that were on hand at the test. Having seen the Budget Cup and hybrid Multi-Class races in person during the test week, I can say that these formats were fascinating to observe and I can’t wait to see where things go from here. The next step comes in August, when we’ll have more ForzaRC news to announce. Stay tuned.
Finally, we welcomed Forza creative director Dan Greenawalt to the stage and had a far-ranging conversation about the present and future of Forza Motorsport. During the segment, Dan discussed the current states of Forza Motorsport 7 and our next big Forza game. WIth the next game, Dan pointed out that the team is still in the early stages; so early, in fact, that we don’t have a release date for the project. Dan also spoke about the change of approach that Turn 10 is taking with the next game, the importance of building and maintaining communities as we continue the development of the next project, and his excitement for Project Scarlett, which was announced on stage during the Sunday Xbox Briefing.
I want to further emphasize something Dan mentioned during his guest appearance – that Forza fans can get involved with shaping the future of the next Forza project. One way you can get involved right now is by signing up for our User Research surveys. These surveys cover any number of items of interest in the world of Forza, so sign up and let your voice be heard!
Le Mans Esports Super Final
Hot on the heels of one of the biggest videogame gatherings of the year is one of the biggest races of the year: the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans. In addition to the real-life endurance race, Esports drivers from all over the world (including well-known ForzaRC personalities like Laige, b0x, and others) have convened in France this weekend to compete for a $100,000 prize pool in the Le Mane Esports Super Final. Qualifying has been happening through 2019 and it all culminates in a grueling set of endurance races today and tomorrow.
Here’s a look at the Friday and Saturday schedules (Note: All times are CET)
You can watch all of the action on the official Forza Facebook page or on the official LMES Twitch channel and look for more updates on Forza’s Twitter and Instagram accounts this weekend from Le Mans where our own HeliosT10 is stationed this weekend. Good luck to all the teams and racers on hand at the event; look for a recap of the LMES results in next week’s edition of the Week in Review.
Whether you managed to visit the Microsoft Theater and meet the team in person, or you were watching E3 2019 live on the Forza channel, thanks to Forza fans everywhere for making this a great E3. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the weekend – and some LEGO Speed Champions expansion!
See you next week!