Forza Week in Review 9-14-18
One look at the front page of the Forza Web site is proof enough that we’re smack dab in the middle of the busiest time on the Forza calendar. During this week alone, we launched the Forza Horizon 4 demo and revealed the Best of Bond Car Pack (aka your Day One Car Pack for FH4). In addition, we released the September Update for Forza Motorsport 7 and held our Forza Racing Championship Wednesday recap shows. That means a lot of ground to cover in this edition of the Forza Week in Review, so let’s go!
Forza Horizon 4 Demo
On Wednesday the world got its first playable taste of Forza Horizon 4 with the launch of the official game demo for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. I’ve dearly loved my two playthroughs of the demo so far on both a grand scale (“It’s so good to play a new Horizon game! Wheeee! I barely missed that chicken!”) and for the many small details that go into making FH4 such a delight. A case in point: the fact that the game uses your Xbox profile pic in the post-race rewards sequence has caused me no end of delight.
The demo itself gives players a look at all four seasons in Forza Horizon 4, as well as a feel for the open-world fun that is yet to come in the full version of the game. From stunt driving on a movie set to races aplenty and PR stunt events including Speed Traps, Speed Zones, Drift Zones, and Danger Sign Jumps, the Forza Horizon 4 demo packs in a lot of fun. There’s even an exclusive t-shirt you can win for your character simply by playing the demo. If you haven’t already, download the demo now and get ready to dive into beautiful historic Britain. Just make sure you’ve updated your Xbox profile pic first…
Best of Bond
James Bond and cool cars go together like, well, James Bond and Walther PPKs. The iconic British superspy has been the centerpiece of dozens of films over 50+ years and is known for wielding great gadgets and driving some of the best cars in the world. That’s why we’re so pleased to announce the Best of Bond Car Pack this week. The Best of Bond Car Pack features ten amazing cars from the Bond film series. In addition to some Bond-inspired gadgets to enjoy in Forzavista mode, the pack will also feature six Bond-themed Quick Chat phrases, and two Bond outfits to use for your FH4 character. Perhaps best of all, the Lotus Esprit S1 (from The Spy Who Loved Me) will feature a submarine body kit option, much like the famous “Wet Nellie” vehicle from the film.
The Best of Bond Car Pack is available as part of the Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition and will be available as a separate purchase.
As if a huge batch of Forza Horizon 4 news isn’t enough, this week we also unveiled the Forza Motorsport 7 September update. Meetups and Experimental Drag are two of the big highlights of this update. With Meetups, players can hop onto a track (either in a private match or in one of our publicly available Meetup hoppers) and simply… do whatever. Drive hot-laps, drift around the track, even show off your liveries – what players do in Meetups is up to them.
With the latest update, we also debuted Experimental Drag, which is currently available in Free Play mode only. We first showed off this new feature in May and it’s great to have it finally arrive in the game. Even better, we’ve already received a ton of feedback from fans who have been playing the new take on drag racing. The developers here at Turn 10 are busy collecting this feedback and we’re hungry for more. If you’ve tried out Experimental Drag and you’ve got something to say, let us hear it in the Forza Forums. As always, we want to hear what you like and what you want to see improved but please keep comments constructive and polite.
Forza Monthly | September
On Monday, our September episode of “Forza Monthly” aired and not only did it include a look at the Forza Horizon 4 car list (including the incredible Volvo Iron Knight, the 2018 Ford Mustang GT, and more), it also featured the world premiere of the Halo Showcase event in Horizon 4. We had guests from all over the world of Forza… and 343 Industries to boot! We also went deep on the Forza Motorsport 7 update and hinted at some of the things to come in the coming months. Don’t miss the replay here and look for news on our October show soon.
ForzaRC Series 2 Recap
This week the Forza Racing Championship welcomed some special guests to the studio for the Series 2 Recap broadcasts. Team F4H was in the spotlight, with F4H Diablo, F4H Sterilizer and F4H REVZ on hand to drive in some fun team events like Picks & Bans and Oddball races. Though the F4H guys were glad to be in the studio, it was team JSR that dominated the racing of the day in both the European and North America broadcasts, which you can check out here:
North America Region
ForzaRC Series 2 Playoffs Livery Contest
Livery creators, we’ve got another ForzaRC-themed contest for you and it’s happening now! The theme “Through the Decades” continues into the playoffs and now we are focusing on the 2010s. Create your best 2010s-themed work of art and let us see it. Your hard work could be showcased during the ForzaRC Series 2 Playoffs broadcasts and, in addition, winning creators will receive 1 million in-game credits in Forza Motorsport 7, their choice of any non-DLC car in the game, and more. Check out the thread for all the details. We look forward to seeing the results!
Sure, you can earn credits for winning races in Forza Horizon 4, but did you know that there are in-game credits out there just waiting to be claimed for simply playing Forza games? If not, then you need to check out Forza Rewards, our loyalty rewards program where Forza players can claim credits each week.
In Forza Rewards, every Forza player has a Tier level. Tier levels are attained by playing Forza games and achieving certain milestones (such as driving a certain number of miles or reaching a certain Driver Level). These feats earn you points for your Forza Score; the higher your Forza Score total, the higher your Tier level. As your Tier level increases, so too does the amount of rewards you can earn in Forza games.
With the launch of Forza Horizon 4, we’re adding a new Tier level (Tier 13) which will be worth a total of 3,000 Forza Score points. Starting with Tier 2, players can redeem a weekly credit bonus in various Forza games. You can grab those credits either on the Forza Rewards page on the Web site, or by claiming them in the Forza Hub app on Xbox One or Windows 10. Here’s a look at the weekly credit payouts per game based on your Forza Tier:
|Tier||Forza Motorsport 5||Forza Horizon 2||Forza Motorsport 6||Forza Horizon 3||Forza Motorsport 7||Forza Horizon 4|
As always, these credit rewards are cumulative. For example if you are Tier 10, you’ll receive the Tier 10 credit payout, as well as all lower Tier credit rewards.
Forza Horizon 4 players will also earn additional Rewards goodies when they log into the full game for the first time. The rewards players can earn is based on their Tier level at the time they log into the game for the first time. Here’s a breakdown of what players can expect per-Tier level:
|Tier/Reward Condition||Forza Horizon 4 Loyalty Gift||Wheelspins|
|Tier 2||Forza Motorsport 7 Shirt||Super Wheelspin|
|Tier 3||Forza Horizon 3 Shirt||Super Wheelspin|
|Tier 4||Forza Motorsport 6 Shirt||Super Wheelspin|
|Tier 5||Forza Horizon 2 Shirt||Super Wheelspin|
|Tier 6||"Body Poppin'" Emote||Super Wheelspin|
|Tier 7||"Clock Tower" Horn||Super Wheelspin|
|Tier 8||Forza Motorsport 5 Shirt||Super Wheelspin|
|Tier 9||Forza Horizon Shirt||Super Wheelspin|
|Tier 10||"FORZA!" Quick Chat Phrase||Super Wheelspin|
|Tier 11||2017 Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio||Super Wheelspin|
|Tier 12||2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS||Super Wheelspin|
|Played Forza Horizon 3||2017 Ford F-150 Raptor||NA|
|Played Forza Motorsport 7||2018 Ford Mustang GT||NA|
Well, that was a packed week of news for Forza fans. We’ll be recapping all of it in today’s edition of #ForzaFriday, starting at 3 p.m. Pacific. Come hang out with us on Twitch and Mixer. We’ll be swinging through the FH4 demo again and playing some Forza Motorsport 7 with all of you. See you then!