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Free cars on launch day kick off DLC plans for Forza Horizon 2

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Eight cars will be available for free at launch for Forza Horizon 2, kicking off the open-world racer's plan for premium downloadable content and a subscription to receive it.

Forza Horizon 2, which launches Sept. 30, will offer a Car Pass for $24.99, giving subscribers the option to buy, up front, the six car packs to be offered in the future. The $24.99 price represents a $5 discount over what someone would pay if all six packs were bought individually.

Forza Horizon 2 also will offer a "VIP Pass" that delivers five additional cars, doubles the in-game rewards players receive in their events, and offers access to exclusive multiplayer events. The VIP Pass costs $19.99.

Both subscriptions are discounted $10 for those who are currently VIP members of Forza Motorsport 5.

The Launch Bonus Pack of free cars, made available for everyone on day one, includes the following rides:

  • 2003 Ford Focus RS
  • 1997 Land Rover Defender 90
  • 1993 Clio Williams
  • 2015 Ford Mustang GT
  • 1987 Buick Regal GNX
  • 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 1968 Abarth 595 esseesse
  • 1956 Ford F-100

Additionally, the game's demo is available — for Xbox One only — on Xbox Live right now. A version of the game also will launch for Xbox 360 on Sept. 30.

For more on Forza Horizon 2, see Polygon's preview from last week.

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