Forza Horizon 4, the latest entry in Playground Games’ open world racing series, was officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 2018 press event. The entry takes the series to Britain and adds dynamic seasons and hovercraft.
In an onstage demo, players raced across Edinburgh, surrounded by dozens of racers. Players now share the open world with other players online. I also swear I spotted some sheep. In the demo, seasons change how the open world works. For example, in winter the lake freezes over and snow changes the way cars slide across the streets.
Forza Horizon alternates yearly releases with the core Forza franchise, produced by Microsoft’s Turn 10 Studios. The Horizon series builds on the intricate driving mechanics of its simulation sibling, but has more of an arcade feel. Forza Horizon 4 appears to continue that trend, with its premiere trailer highlighting cars zipping through a variety of settings, both on and off road.
Forza Horizon 4 will be available on Windows PC and Xbox One on Oct. 2 and will be part of the Xbox Game Pass program.