A new Forza Horizon set in Britain will be released later this year, Microsoft owned Xbox announced at E3 on Sunday. The fourth title in the popular open-world car racing franchise was unveiled as the world’s biggest gaming event got under way in Los Angeles.
Made by UK-based Playground Games and Turn 10, which have worked on every Forza Horizon so far, Forza Horizon 4 will be set in Britain. Featuring 450 vehicles from history and the present day, it will also contain changeable weather seasons for the first time in a Forza game, so players could find themselves driving in hot and dry summer conditions for a week and then in the snow and ice of winter.
Forza Horizon 4 will be released in store, online and on Game Pass on October 2. The cover will feature a McLaren Senna. It will be the first Forza Horizon set in this country, with the previous instalment based in Australia. Forza Horizon 3 let gamers race more than 350 cars across the Outback and in cities, as well as perform stunts and tricks to rack up points and unlock new tasks.
It proved hugely popular and topped gaming charts, as players enjoyed personalising their driver, cars, licence plates, music and even horn sounds. Realism was so important to Playground Games that developers built a revolutionary new camera, shipped it across the world and slept in the Outback with deadly spiders to film the sky. The result is that the sky you see in Forza Horizon 3 is real-life sky that was filmed in Australia over several months.
Microsoft also revealed that it will buy Playground Games, based in Royal Leamington Spa. The Forza racing franchise saw its biggest year yet in 2017, with over 22 million unique fans driving throughout Forza games.
Meanwhile, the U.S. technology major also unveiled 52 games, including 18 console exclusives, during the event besides announcing the release of Halo Infinite trailer. The latest instalment of the hugely popular Xbox-exclusive franchise is expected to focus on Master Chief and continue his saga after the events of Halo 5. It will also feature a new art style. Watch below: