Forza Week in Review 8-2-19
Welcome back to the Forza Week in Review, where we’re ringing in the Series 12 update for Forza Horizon 4 along with a new LEGO-themed barn find car, celebrating Forza Motorsport 6 as a Games With Gold entry in August, welcoming a new (but NOT T10) guest to #ForzaFriday, and looking ahead to Monday’s episode of “Forza Monthly.” Let’s go!
Forza Horizon 4 Series 12 Update
Series 12 is here! The latest update for Forza Horizon 4 arrived this week and brought with it some new Showcase Remix events and a brand new LEGO barn find in the form of the Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0, along with four new reward cars (two Aston Martin models and a pair of Volkswagens). Our friends at Playground Games went deep on the Series 12 update in their livestream broadcast earlier in the week. Watch as they run through all of the cool stuff for each season and attempt to construct the real-life LEGO version of the Porsche 911 barn find on the show:
Forza Motorsport 6 | August Games With Gold
Earlier this week, Xbox announced its August lineup of Xbox Games With Gold titles which, starting on August 15, will include Forza Motorsport 6. If you are an Xbox Live Gold member, you’ll be able to pick up this modern classic Forza game at no additional cost. In addition, there are some amazing deals on FM6 add-on content during this time period, including a bundle of all FM6 add-on content available for a mere $5. That sale starts on August 15 and will only be available for a short period of time so, if you haven’t already played Forza 6, don’t miss this chance time to revisit this classic slice of Forza history.
Related to the above, Forza Motorsport 6 will enter “End of Life” status on September 15. This means that the game and its associated add-on content (including car packs and expansions) will no longer be available for purchase. Players who own Forza 6 before that date will still be able to download and play the game and its associated add-on content as normal but the game and add-on content will no longer be available for purchase on the Xbox Live Marketplace.
Wheel and Pedal Wednesday | 2012 Caterham R400
William Chen, Franchise Manager for Turn 10 Studios, has raced go-karts and always been a car lover. When he realized go-kart racing was just too time consuming, he needed to find a way to get his track needs fulfilled.
After owning a Porsche Cayman R for a couple years, he started learning about Caterham models. Thankfully, in nearby Woodinville, WA is one of the two dealers in the U.S. That's where he picked up his track toy that is, in many ways, just a big go-kart.
At a lithe 1,300 pounds and sporting well over 200 hp from its Ford Duratech engine, the live axle and very visceral driving experience is the perfect fit for him. Is it practical? Absolutely not. Is it an absolute hoot to drive? Undoubtedly. Check out this week’s replay of Wheel & Pedal Wednesday where Johniwanna talks with William about what it’s like to own a road-legal track toy.
#ForzaFriday With Special Guest Jeff Easterling
We’re welcoming another great guest to the #ForzaFriday couch today. Jeff Easterling is a Halo Franchise Writer at 343 Industries, where he helps curate the canon of Halo’s vast and ever-expanding universe, working on everything from games and novels to comic books, live events, and more. He’s no stranger to our side of the fence though, as Jeff spent 14 years working in professional motorsports before making the jump over to the gaming industry, working with teams and drivers in series like IMSA, Rolex, the ALMS, World Challenge, and more. We last touched base with him in the Fall of 2018 to help unveil the Halo showcase event in Forza Horizon 4, so welcome him to the show today starting at 3 p.m. Pacific on the official Forza Mixer and Twitch channels. See you then!
Last but certainly not least, we’re days away from the launch of the next edition of “Forza Monthly.” The show kicks off on Monday, August 5 at 11 a.m. Pacific. On the show, we’ll be checking out the August update for Forza Motorsport 7, recapping the Series 12 update for Forza Horizon 4, and more. We’ll see you on the show as well as the rest of next week’s streaming shows on the Forza channels. Have a great weekend!
NOTE: The next edition of the Week in Review will be published on August 9th.