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#1 Posted : Friday, June 22, 2018 3:10:37 PM(UTC)
News, livestreams, and Calendar for Forza Horizon 4

As in the previous game forums I'll be updating this thread as a resource to track official news and deadlines related to the game. Typical updates will include:
  • Official channel articles (announcements, Week in Review), trailers, vidocs
  • Official alerts on Twitter (support and other)
  • Official livestreams
  • Xbox tech announcements that impact FH4
  • Press articles and interviews
  • Expos where FH4 may have a presence
  • Calendar of upcoming contest deadlines, livestreams, DLC dates etc (UNOFFICIAL)

I may keep this thread locked to keep it focused on info, and link to other threads for discussion. I encourage everyone to provide as much direct/original source info when they post news or links so that the community can judge the info first hand.


https://www.xbox.com/games/forza-horizon-4 - Overview and Pre-Order links
www.forzamotorsport.net/News - Week in Review and other announcements are also posted in the Forza Hub app
https://support.forzamotorsport.net - FAQs, Release Notes, and Support ticket submission
RetroKrystal forum posts - Playground Games Community Liaison
www.mixer.com/Forza - (renamed from /Forzamotorsport in 2018; Mixer closed in 2020)
www.twitch.tv/Forza - (renamed from /Forzamotorsport on 9/14/18)
http://aka.ms/ForzaDiscord - launched April 2019, for discussion and content sharing, announcements and updates
www.twitter.com/ralphmfulton - Ralph Fulton
https://twitter.com/WeArePlayground - Playground Games
www.twitter.com/dan_greenawalt - Dan Greenawalt
www.twitter.com/turn10_bigboss - Alan Hartman
www.twitter.com/MajorNelson - Larry Hyrb posts sales and deals


The official Forza livestream channel is www.mixer.com/Forza which is often simultaneously streamed at www.twitch.tv/Forza (this channel has stream replays going back to 2013). Forza streams multiple times a week for two-hour sessions on a regular schedule:
  • #TuesdayDrive - Tuesdays at 1pm Pacific time with Johniwanna
  • #WheelAndPedalWeds - Wednesdays at 10am with Johniwanna
  • #ThumbsUpThursday - Thursdays at 10am with Johniwanna
  • #HeyWatchThis - Fridays midday with Verena Mei
  • #ForzaFriday - Fridays afternoon with rotating hosts

These are used for showing off new game events and multiplayer with viewers. Major announcements are usually not included in the regular streams but there may be summaries of the week's news, and special streams for first looks at DLC.

#ForzaMonthly is a special once-a-month livestream (anticipated on the first Monday of the month, subject to change) that does cover major announcements and a look ahead at features and content coming in the next month.


See my www.bit.ly/ForzaCalendars at www.ManteoMax.com for articles, events, and rewards (both Horizon and Motorsport series, plus gaming Expos). My www.bit.ly/FH4spreadsheets linked there also has a tab compiling official news and press links for a running history of the game's development. See also http://www.kudosprime.com for a future visual online database of FH4 cars.

Here are some known and anticipated dates for FH4 based on previous game patterns:
  • June 10, 2018: FH4 was announced at E3 during Microsoft's Xbox Briefing^
  • June 10: Playground Games joins Microsoft Studios^
  • June 11: Pre-Order Bundle, Ultimate Edition, and DLC details announced^
  • June 12: E3 floor demo available to visitors^
  • June 15: Week in Review recap of FH4 at E3^
  • Edit: Weekly developer livestreams in July were new for this game cycle
  • July: Weekly car reveals typically begin about five weeks after (Edit: didn't appear this year)
  • July 19-22: FM7 had a presence at Comic-Con last year.
  • Aug 21-25: Forza typically reveals more gameplay info at gamescom in Germany.
  • Aug/Sep: Anticipate a Gone Gold announcement, Song list, Achievements list, possible Loyalty Rewards.
  • September: a downloadable Demo is typically released a couple weeks before the game.
  • September: a Launch Trailer is typically released.
  • Sep 20-23: Ralph Fulton has given presentations at EGX in the past.
  • September 28: FH4 Ultimate Edition owners get Early Access to the full game.
  • October 2: FH4 Standard and Deluxe Edition launch worldwide.
  • October 2: Car Pass begins weekly DLC car additions for 21 weeks.
  • October: Anticipate weekly official Photo and Livery contests, and Forza Rewards.
  • November: Forza games typically release a monthly content update with content and patches.
  • December: Expansion 1 DLC has been announced for December 2018.
  • Spring 2019: Expansion 2 DLC has been announced for the "First half of 2019."

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#2 Posted : Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:42:45 AM(UTC)
Forza Horizon 4 news from E3

With some previous Forza games, the game or cover car was teased or revealed prior to E3. No such official info was provided before the announcement of Forza Horizon 4 during Microsoft's Xbox Briefing on Sunday, June 10th. Ralph Fulton and demo drivers presented gameplay about a half hour into the briefing, announcing the game's major feature "Seasons change everything" in the shared world of Britain. Prior to E3 there had been a strong current of internet speculation that the next Forza location would be set in Japan, but Fulton stated in interviews that Japan wasn't at the top of the list. During the Xbox briefing, Phil Spencer also announced that Microsoft Studios had invested in the acquisition of Playground Games (developers of the Horizon series) and other development studios. There was no car on stage for the briefing, but FH4's hero car - the McLaren Senna - made its North American debut at the FH4 E3 booth two days later. During the week, E3 attendees were able to play the E3 floor demo on a hydraulic motion sled. Press were given Behind Closed Door looks gameplay beyond the B-roll, but were not allowed to record it (except for IGN, which continued its IGN First partnership for exclusive content.)

The community spotted around 90 cars from demo and media assets. Official announcements included release dates, pre-order bundle details, and DLC basics, and developers provided more information in interviews providing an overview of the game's features: In previous Horizon games you were a newcomer, champion, and manager of the summer Festival. In FH4 you're a resident of the year-round festival set in Britain (including Wales and Scotland). Part of this ongoing #HorizonLife experience is buying properties (which are used as Fast Travel and Forzavista/Upgrade points) from cottages to castles, taking on Jobs (such as a stunt driver for a tv show), and customizing your driver with clothing and emotes. You'll be able to earn Influence toward becoming a #HorizonSuperstar through racing (including Drag and Drift) but also through photography, Mixer streaming, painting, and other activities. Being there year round means you'll experience the four Seasons and changing environment which affect driving; frozen winter lakes and summer dry river beds open new driving locations, and muddy and icy terrain affect grip. Seasons cycle weekly for all FH4 players, though you can set your own time of day, season, and weather in Blueprint events, which includes a new Route Creator for P2P and circuit races. Though you have the option to play through the game in offline mode with Drivatar opponents, most will play through the game online on servers of 72 live players. Other player cars will be ghosted to prevent griefing collisions until you Co-op and Convoy with up to 6 players with the assistance of Quick Chat. Team Adventure provides 6 v. 6 ranked League competitions in playground game modes for Tag and Flag Rush. Showcase events put you up against special vehicle opponents such as motorcycles, hovercraft, and aircraft. Forzathon has been enhanced to become Forzathon Live, with hourly challenges and increased rewards when done with multiple players. Danger Sign jumps, Drift zones, Barn Finds, Auction House, and Storefront return. Other than the mention of new drift suspension, questions about car customization, a demo, and music channels were met with "stay tuned."

Forum: discussion thread

Official Trailer video - "I Can See For Miles" cover song
E3 Stage presentation video with Ralph Fulton and gameplay

FM.net Announcement article | Xbox Wire | Twitter
- Details: over 450 cars from more than 100 licensed manufacturers, Ultimate Edition Early Access on September 28, worldwide release on October 2 included free with Xbox Game Pass, Play Anywhere, shared world Seasons, Route Creator, 60fps option on Xbox One X consoles, clothing options for driver personalization, own property in the game world, integrated Mixer broadcasting.

Pre-Order Announcement
- Details: Standard/Deluxe/Ultimate Editions, Formula Drift Car Pack (cars TBA), Day One Car Pack (TBA), 2 Expansions (TBA), "Car Pass will deliver two new cars to your game every week over a 21-week period, beginning October 2, 2018." "VIPs receive 3 Exclusive Forza Edition cars, VIP Crown Flair, VIP Vanity Items, a VIP Emote and Car Horn, a free player house, 2x Credit race rewards, weekly bonus Super Wheelspins, and more." "Players who pre-order the physical edition of Forza Horizon 4 will also receive special digital bonus cars (check with your retailer for more details)." (which are tuned variants of base game cars)^

E3 Demo Overview
- Details: photos of cars and landscape, Showcase examples with a hovercraft and motocross bikes

#InsideXbox livestream Ralph Fulton interview
- Details: discussion of Britain, Seasons, shared world, 60fps option, commitment to support the game after launch "for months and years to come"

Senna debut and McLaren Partnership article on Xbox Wire,Mixer VOD
- Details: Senna reveal, demo sled, and gameplay with Brian Ekberg and Chris Bishop

E3 Demo Live from the Microsoft Theater Day 1 and Day 2
- Details: VOD of gamers trying the demo contest for a shirt, prerecorded developer interviews each hour

Week in Review 6-15-18 - recap

IGN: FH4 Gameplay Demo Reveal video
IGN: E3 stage interview with Ralph Fulton video mentions owning properties, jobs, Auction House
IGN: Every Season is Racing Season article
IGN: Seasons Change Everything video on capturing Britain
IGN: Making the McLaren Senna video on audio capture and handling
IGN: FH4's Shared World Explained video on transitioning through groups of players on the servers, antigriefing
IGN: Living the Horizon Life
Polygon interviews Jon Knoles on Britain's environments and elevation.
Polygon interviews John Knoles on sheep and introduction to shared world Seasons
TC9700Gaming interviews Brian Ekberg video talking setting weather in Blueprint Route Creator
Gameslice interviews Ralph Fulton video
GameStop interviews Ralph Fulton video, discussing weather
GameStop interviews Dan Greenawalt video, 22 million Forza players in 2017
Shacknews interviews Ralph Fulton video, says Japan was never the top choice, talks Horizon Life
Game Informer video with Dan Greenawant on Playground Games partnership, development
DigitalFoundry E3 Demo analysis video - solid 30fps
Destructoid interviews Ben Penrose article on jobs, weekly seasonal changes
Motorworldhype interviews Ralph Fulton video on location choice, storefront, car/clothing customization

E3 Awards:
Hardcore Gamer
New Game Network
Game Critic Awards

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#3 Posted : Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:51:06 AM(UTC)
FH4 demo at Estoril

The #ForzaHorizon4 team is excited to take part in the @MclarenAuto Global Test Drive event at Estoril Circuit in Portugal showing off the #E32018 demo to attendees and seeing more #McLarenSenna models in one place than ever before.

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#4 Posted : Sunday, June 24, 2018 2:52:37 AM(UTC)
Premature game download June 23

Today, some of you noticed Forza Horizon 4 game files preloading on your PCs. This was not intended and you don’t have to do anything. The final game will download automatically when it is released. If you’d like, you can safely uninstall the downloaded files.

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#5 Posted : Thursday, June 28, 2018 6:54:23 AM(UTC)
Microsoft teases the first-ever “stream-to-win” option built into Xbox
SAM MACHKOVECH - 6/27/2018, 2:50 PM

It's a subtle thing, which we're dubbing "stream-to-win," and it sees Microsoft take its boldest step in battling the behemoth service Twitch.


Horizon 4 will be the first Microsoft Studios game to recognize when players broadcast their live gameplay via Mixer and then give out bonuses within that game for doing so.


In the week-plus since learning this about Horizon 4, we have been unable to find a comparable feature in any video game—meaning, one that recognizes a broadcast (on Mixer, Twitch, or any other service) and then gives out goodies inside the same video game as a reward.


No other Microsoft Studios game at E3 received a similar stream-to-win announcement.
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#6 Posted : Friday, June 29, 2018 1:27:17 PM(UTC)
Forza Week in Review 6-29-18
Brian Ekberg
Friday, June 29, 2018

Be sure to read the article on the site or in the Forza Hub app for full details. Highlights below:

#FORZAMONTHLY LIVESTREAM MONDAY - www.mixer.com/Forzamotorsport
  • "The next episode of “Forza Monthly” will be broadcast on Monday, July 2, starting at 3 p.m. Pacific. In addition to talking about the recently wrapped Forza Racing Championship Series 1 Playoffs, we’ll be playing Forza Horizon 4 and answering viewer questions about Playground’s latest masterpiece, as well as showing off the July update for Forza Motorsport 7."

  • "Recently, IGN’s own Luke Reilly got the chance to experience the real-life version of a Forza Horizon adventure, with a road trip that took him from Leamington-Spa (the home of Playground Games) to the Cotswolds, one of the biggest tourist attractions in all of England. In addition to some scenic views, Reilly got the chance to check out the McLaren 720 S. Not a bad afternoon spent in the UK. Check it out:" video
  • "Also, if you missed it when it originally broadcast earlier in the week, check out this IGN First video on the Horizon Life in Forza Horizon 4:" video

  • "We’re proud to announce this week that Special Effect, a UK-based charity organization dedicated to helping people of all abilities enjoy gaming, has appointed our own studio head Alan Hartman as a Special Effect vice president. The Forza franchise has enjoyed a long relationship with Special Effect over the years, beginning with charity work with Playground Games, and we look forward to working with this amazing team for years to come."

MCLAREN SENNA E3 REVEAL - McLaren press release
  • "One of the best Forza moments from E3 2018 was the North American debut of the McLaren Senna at the Mixer E3 booth. Naturally, we’re proud of the cover car for Forza Horizon 4, so here’s a look back at that event from E3 week, along with an interview with McLaren’s own Andy Thomas:" video

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#7 Posted : Sunday, July 1, 2018 9:50:29 AM(UTC)
July Calendar for FH4

In previous years July has typically a fairly quiet month for news about the next Forza game, as weekly car reveals begin but we wait for new info about features to come with gamescom in August. These are potential news dates, edited with links as they are announced. Be sure to follow www.twitter.com/Forzamotorsport and read each Friday's Week in Review article on this site and in the Forza Hub for any updates. See also www.bit.ly/ForzaCalendars (unofficial) and the News tab on my www.bit.ly/FH4spreadsheets for a list of all related videos and articles to date.

Pacific time zone conversion

July 2
  • "The next episode of “Forza Monthly” will be broadcast on Monday, July 2, starting at 3 p.m. Pacific. ... we’ll be playing Forza Horizon 4 and answering viewer questions about Playground’s latest masterpiece"^ on mixer.com/Forzamotorsport.
  • VOD: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sI0sTDOJtc

July 6
  • Friday's Forza Week in Review will recap Monday's show.

July 10
  • #InsideXbox livestream^ - "Ralph Fulton from Playground Games will be on-hand to reveal more about Seasons in Forza Horizon 4" at noon Pacific on www.mixer.com/Xbox
  • "Inside Xbox will transition to a special hour-plus long broadcast from Playground Games in the UK, where the team will reveal never-before-seen gameplay for the Summer Season in FH4." at 1:30pm? on www.mixer.com/Forzamotorsport

July 12 - 15
  • The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place in West Sussex, which seems like an opportunity to tie in with FH4's focus on Britain. There's been no announcement yet regarding FH4 at Goodwood this year, but FM7 had a presence there before its release in 2017.^

July 13
  • Forza Week in Review

July 16
  • Forza Garage weekly car reveals begin? In 2017, FM7 reveals began (with new screenshots) on Monday, July 17th. In 2016, cnet.com revealed a list of 150 FH3 cars on July 19 along with an article Just how tough is it to get a car scanned into Forza? interview with Brian Ekberg. Car reveals typically continue for six weeks through the end of August.

July 19-22
  • Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center. Xbox typically has a presence at Comic-Con, allowing fans to demo upcoming games as they did in 2016^ and 2017^

July 20
  • Forza Week in Review

July 27
  • Forza Week in Review

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#8 Posted : Thursday, July 5, 2018 1:22:20 PM(UTC)
#ForzaMonthly livestream - July 2

VOD: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sI0sTDOJtc

In this episode of Forza's special monthly livestream, Jon Knoles joined Brian Ekberg, John Schommer, and Chris Esaki to recap FH4 at E3 and provide new details about the game:
  • Edinburgh is the large city on the map. The city and other map details will be revealed later.
  • Britain has a variety of terrain, including mountains and more driftable roads.
  • The weekly seasonal change "will happen quickly" in game.
  • Every car will come with the dashboard camera view seen in the E3 demo.
  • Bunnies and sheep can't be touched.
  • Stacked stone walls can be smashed, while the few masonry walls are solid. The difference between smashable and solid trees will be visibly obvious.
  • Double the number of tire compounds and new suspension geometry not in FH3, and rebalanced PI on the low end, provide more sense of contact with the road and difference between off-road and road vehicles.
  • New Drift suspension option "for most cars in the game" goes lower, gives faster lock-to-lock, and up to 50 degrees of steering angle.
  • Drag tire compound added to Horizon for the first time. Muscle cars may get drag-style suspension after launch. Big drag strip at the Festival.
  • Major recalculation to Force Feedback on wheels for better realism.
  • Body kits are continuing to be added to more cars.
  • Buying houses with CR unlock Perks (TBA), and serve all the functions of a Festival site: fast travel, Forzavista, paint, and upgrades.
  • Forzavista is now in your driveway to allow painting in natural light.
  • 2 cars from the Formula Drift Car Pack revealed. More news on the car list later in the summer.
  • No announcement on a Demo date yet.

Knoles provided additional information on Twitter:
  • Car window stickers are not a feature in FH4.^
  • Drift suspension stances cars but doesn't automatically change wheel offset "unless you equip an upgrade preset that has it. However, there will be a new wheel upgrade option called Track Width that offers several offsets you can select for front offset, rear, or both depending on car. A lot of cars - especially older cars with a narrow track that have more room to move wheels out than some modern cars with a nearly flush stance already. Example: '73 Escort RS, yes. '17 Ford Focus RS - no. We'll reveal more about this cool new feature soon."^
  • "Completing #Forzathon challenges in FH4 will earn you Forzathon Points to spend on rotating rewards in the new Forzathon Shop: Cars, vanity items, emotes, horns, etc."^
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#9 Posted : Thursday, July 5, 2018 1:33:33 PM(UTC)
July 10 dual livestreams

Inside Xbox Returns July 10
By Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief
posted on July 5, 2018 at 9:00 am

Inside Xbox returns to the spotlight live on Tuesday, July 10 at 3 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT on Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter with interviews for Forza Horizon 4, We Happy Few, Earthfall, the latest news on Xbox Game Pass and a special story born from the Xbox Live Creators Program you won’t want to miss. Of course, we’ll also have a couple of secrets under wraps, and ready to reveal during the show as well.

Forza Horizon 4: Ralph Fulton from Playground Games will be on-hand to reveal more about Seasons in Forza Horizon 4, but better yet, Inside Xbox will transition to a special hour-plus long broadcast from Playground Games in the UK, where the team will reveal never-before-seen gameplay for the Summer Season in FH4.

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#10 Posted : Friday, July 6, 2018 11:31:03 AM(UTC)
Forza Week in Review 7-6-18
John Schommer
Friday, July 6, 2018

Highlights below, be sure to read the full article.


  • Inside Xbox on Tuesday July 10 at (noon Pacific)^
  • "That will be followed by a video put together by Playground Games featuring Studio Director Ralph Fulton. It’s the first in a series of shows that will run on Tuesdays at this time in July. This first show will focus on the summer season and you can bet it will be full of details that you can only get here."
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#11 Posted : Friday, July 13, 2018 1:21:33 PM(UTC)
@kenblock43 visits Turn 10:
Had a productive day yesterday at Forza working on the upcoming Forza 4 Horizon. Got to test my Hoonicorn V2 (which may have been in #GymkhanaTEN livery...) Very happy with the development, can’t wait for the game to be out this September! #Forzamotorsport #Forzahorizon4

Forza Week in Review 7-13-18
Brian Ekberg
Friday, July 13, 2018

The summer of Forza Horizon 4 is here and, this week, we kicked things off with a livestream dedicated to (what else?) SUMMER in Forza Horizon 4! This week we debuted the first in a series of livestreams from Playground Games’ HQ, showcasing each of the four seasons in Forza Horizon 4. If you missed the show, you missed a ton of news about the game. Fear not, though because the Week in Review has got you covered!

VOD: Seasons Change Everything | Summer

In the hour-long stream, which was preceded by the July episode of Inside Xbox, Ralph Fulton, Ben Penrose, and others from the Playground Games team took viewers through a high-speed journey around summer in the Britain of Forza Horizon 4. First things first: summer is gorgeous. The team at Playground have gone to huge lengths to render the gorgeous summers in the game – creating a Britain that is lush and green and a joy to behold. Warm temperatures and clear skies also make for an ideal driving experience – in fact, the dry conditions mean that some rivers will dry up completely in the summer, which will certainly influence races and challenges in the game.

Also during the show, we got a look at the variety of customization options in Forza Horizon 4. Players will be able to not just customize their cars with new body kits (30 in total) from makers like Liberty Walk and Rocket Bunny, but there will be new drift steering upgrades that will give drivers increased steering angles, as well as wheel spacers options for players who want to stance their cars just right.

Apart from the car options, we also saw new character customization options. There will 13 [mm: 14] characters to select from in the game, and more than 500 items to choose from to make your character unique. From jackets and shirts, to pants, skirts, dresses, and more (clip-on mustaches or disco chicken outfits anyone?), you’ll be able to make your Horizon drivers your own in the game

There was so much more to see and hear about during the show – including details on the 12 available houses players will be able to purchase, news on the airport and multiple drag strips, bonus boards, and so much more. And best of all, we’re just getting started! In our upcoming shows, we’ll dive deeper into the game, showing off new seasons and more features. On Tuesday, July 17, tune in to the next Playground livestream for a look at autumn at the Horizon Festival. The temperatures will be lower, the leaves will be changing colors, and the action on (and off!) the asphalt will be as fast and furious as ever. The show begins at 11 a.m. Pacific on the official Forza Mixer, Twitch, and YouTube channels – don’t miss it live!

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Weekly Calendar
See these in calendar format at www.bit.ly/ForzaCalendars
Disclaimer: Projected dates for reference. Events are subject to change. Refer to @Forzamotorsport channels for updates.
Click the ^ symbols to jump to sources or discussion threads.

Tuesday, July 17

Wednesday, July 18
  • see possibilities below

Thursday, July 19
  • #ThursdayThingo livestream with Johniwanna at 10am Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forzamotorsport - Don't expect new FH4 announcements from this stream, but John typically plays FH3 with viewers.

Friday, July 20
  • The Forza Week in Review^
  • #ForzaFriday livestream at 3pm Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forzamotorsport - Forza's weekly stream is typically focused on Forza Motorsport 7, but there may be mention FH4 news highlights to date.

Other possibilities this week:
  • In previous years, The Forza Garage weekly car roster reveals began five weeks after E3, which would fall this week. The first one is often revealed by a third party outlet (CNET, Autoblog etc) followed by the official reveal on www.forzamotorsport.com/News the next day. There's no advance notice about the first reveal, so be sure to watch the Tuesday stream for any car reveal info, and especially news channels through Wednesday.

  • Comic-Con takes place from July 16-22 in San Diego. Xbox usually has a presence there, allowing fans to try out upcoming game demos. In this case that would be the demo made available to E3 attendees. Microsoft/Xbox is listed as an exhibitor. Last year Xbox Wire published their overview a day before the event start, so look for that from Monday-Wednesday this week as well.

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#13 Posted : Wednesday, July 18, 2018 9:51:33 AM(UTC)
Xbox Expo announcements

COMIC-CON July 19-22 in San Diego

Visit Xbox at San Diego Comic-Con 2018
by Tara Theoharis, Manager
Xbox US Events Posted on July 18, 2018 at 9:00 am

(no specific mention of FH4, but there will be an Xbox booth with customizable Xbox gear (apparel), and FM7 will hold a time trial competition at the Samsung booth)

GAMESCOM August 21-25 in Cologne, Germany

Xbox is Coming to gamescom
by Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief
Posted on July 18, 2018 at 6:00 am

The Xbox booth will feature a fantastic line up of 25 games across a diverse range of genres – we’ll be making sure everyone has a way to play and have fun! If you’re coming to the show, do make sure you pay us a visit – we’re in Hall 8 of the Koelnmesse (North entrance).

This is the first time that European gamers will have the chance to jump in and try out many of our newest gameplay experiences including the open world freedom of driving through stunning beautiful historic Britain in Forza Horizon 4 or embarking on a journey to unravel Ori’s true destiny in this emotionally engaging, hand-crafted, story-driven adventure in Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Gamers will also have the opportunity to get the first ever hands-on with State of Decay 2’s Daybreak Pack, an all-new mode set to release in September.

Visit the Xbox Official Gear Shop
Making our European debut and in partnership with Game Legends, come and visit the Xbox Official Gear Shop in the Gamescom fanshop arena. Fly your gaming colors and show off your fandom for Xbox and award-winning franchises like Halo, PUBG, and Gears of War with all new apparel and collectibles. We will have more information on this exciting new initiative over the coming weeks.

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#14 Posted : Friday, July 20, 2018 1:22:38 PM(UTC)
Forza Week in Review 7-20-18
Brian Ekberg
Friday, July 20, 2018

  • "In this week’s “Seasons Change Everything” Forza Horizon 4 livestream from Playground Games in the UK, we got to see FH4 in all its autumnal glory. Better yet, we got to hear from the team directly, who showed off a ton of new content and tidbits on the game, including a first look at the FH4 map itself!"
  • VOD: https://youtu.be/2WCMyxxAUP4
  • "We’ll be back with another stream next week and, yes, Winter is Coming. Look for the winter stream airing on Tuesday, beginning at 11 a.m. Pacific on our Forza and Mixer channels."

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#15 Posted : Sunday, July 22, 2018 7:30:58 AM(UTC)
Weekly Calendar
See these in calendar format at www.bit.ly/ForzaCalendars
Disclaimer: Projected dates for reference. Events are subject to change. Refer to @Forzamotorsport channels for updates.
Click the ^ symbols to jump to sources or discussion threads.

Tuesday, July 24
  • Seasons Change Everything livestream at 11am Pacific (7pm London) on www.mixer.com/Forzamotorsport, Twitch and YouTube. This week Playground's developers will will highlight the Winter season.^
  • #TuesdayDrive livestream at 1pm Pacific

Wednesday, July 25
  • #WheelAndPedalWeds livestream at 10am Pacific

Thursday, July 26
  • #ThingoThursday livestream at 10am Pacific^

Friday, July 27
  • #HeyWatchThis livestream at 10am Pacific^
  • The Forza Week in Review^
  • #ForzaFriday livestream at 3pm Pacific^

Additional possibilities:
  • In previous years, The Forza Garage weekly car roster reveals began five weeks after E3, which would have been last week. However, weekly livestreams in July is a new pattern, so car reveals may be done differently this time.

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#16 Posted : Wednesday, July 25, 2018 12:45:59 PM(UTC)
Official Livestreams July 24 - August 6

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#17 Posted : Thursday, July 26, 2018 10:57:06 AM(UTC)
Forza Summer Update
Alan Hartman
Thursday, July 26, 2018

2018 has been a whirlwind of activity in the world of Forza. It’s been just over nine months since we launched Forza Motorsport 7 and there are just over two months to go before the next great Forza game – Forza Horizon 4 – releases on October 2. In the Forza Racing Championship, we crowned Noble b0x after his fantastic performance at our Series 1 Playoffs here in Seattle, and Series 2 is now going strong. In June we also welcomed Playground Games into the Xbox first-party developer family, strengthening our Forza ties more than ever before. With all this action, I thought it would be a great time to take a few moments to appreciate where we’ve been so far this year and to let the Forza community know about some important steps yet to come.

One major area of discussion for the team has been prize crates. While we’ve never charged money for prize crates in Forza Motorsport 7, their presence in the game has continued to be a source of controversy. The overwhelming feedback has been that this system feels out of place in the game. After careful consideration, we have decided to completely remove prize crates from Forza Motorsport 7. Similarly, paid tokens – which were a part of previous Forza games – will not be coming to Forza Motorsport 7 or Forza Horizon 4.

As always, I want to thank the Forza community for your passion and commitment and for being such an integral part of everything we do. With more updates planned for Forza Motorsport 7 and the launch of Forza Horizon 4 just around the corner, the second half of 2018 promises to be busier and more exciting than ever. As always, we’re eager to hear your feedback. Follow us on Twitter, share a post in the Forza Forums, or send us an e-mail, and let your voice be heard. It’s a great time to be a Forza fan and I’m glad we get to share it with you.
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#18 Posted : Sunday, July 29, 2018 8:44:20 AM(UTC)
Forza Week in Review 7-27-18
Brian Ekberg
Friday, July 27, 2018

VOD: https://youtu.be/aEdrvTKcDaA
Winter is coming, so the saying goes. In the world of Forza Horizon 4, winter came and went thanks to the latest episode of Playground Games’ “Season Change Everything” livestream series where we've been showing off all four seasons in Forza Horizon 4. In this week’s episode, which aired on Tuesday, the fine folks at Playground took viewers through a winter wonderland of ice, snow, and really fast driving. If you missed the livestream, you can watch it for yourself right here:

Some highlights from the hour-long show:

- Wintertime in the UK of Forza Horizon 4 isn’t a one-size fits all season. Depending on where you are on the map, weather conditions, including snow level, the amount of ice, and more. will vary. For example, head up to the higher elevations of the Scottish Highlands and you’re bound to see more snow than if you’re cruising around in the lower areas of the map.
- Related, even in winter, there will be locations that don’t have snow. This was an intentional choice, according to Playground’s Ralph Fulton, who said the team realized that snow on every road in the game would be disappointing for those who want to hop in a supercar and hoon around without having to worry about the weather conditions on the road.
- Just as in the real world, trees lose their leaves in winter in Forza Horizon 4 and the environmental artists at Playground had a great time creating these skeletal-looking trees (which, they say, are more difficult to make than you might think!)
- Seasons change at the same time for everyone globally. Those playing the game during this transition will first see a countdown clock, ticking down to the change, then see a brief cinematic showing the season change before being deposited back in the world with the new season.
- The map! We showed off the wintered-out version of the FH4 map, which you can see for yourself on the stream or in this Tweet.
- Car Mastery – Every vehicle in Forza Horizon 4 now has a skill tree where you can unlock specific car bonuses. You earn points by performing skills in the game, then spend those points to unlock Car Mastery skills per vehicle.
- Car Mastery skills can increase the amount of influence you earn in a race, increase the number of collisions it takes to break a skill chain while driving, and more. Best of all, a vehicle’s skill tree is based on the kind of car and what it’s meant to do.
- #Forzathons have changed in Forza Horizon 4. Now there’s a #Forzathon Shop where you can spend #Forzathon points you earn from daily and weekly challenges on things like character customization items, legendary car horns, Forza Edition cars, and more.

In addition to all that, the show gave fans a peek into the Forza Horizon 4 user interface, as well as a sneak peek at some of the trickier bonus board locations in the world. Don’t miss the fourth and final edition of “Seasons Change Everything” this coming Tuesday with a look at the fourth and final season: Spring! In addition to some good and muddy spring showers, look for the team to show off the city of Edinburgh for the first time, as well as a look at Team Racing features, and more.

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#19 Posted : Sunday, July 29, 2018 8:52:33 AM(UTC)
Weekly Calendar
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Tuesday, July 31
  • Seasons Change Everything livestream at 11am Pacific (7pm London) on www.mixer.com/Forzamotorsport, Twitch and YouTube. This week Playground's developers will will highlight the Spring season.
  • #TuesdayDrive livestream at 1pm Pacific

Wednesday, August 1
  • #WheelAndPedalWeds livestream at 10am Pacific

Thursday, August 2
  • #ThingoThursday livestream at 10am Pacific

Friday, August 3
  • #HeyWatchThis livestream at 10am Pacific
  • The Forza Week in Review^
  • #ForzaFriday livestream at 3pm Pacific

Pending / future possibilities:
  • In previous years, The Forza Garage weekly car roster reveals began in mid July. However, weekly livestreams in July is a new pattern, so car reveals may be done differently this time.
  • ChinaJoy - the largest gaming expo in Asia - opens this coming weekend.
  • The next Forza Monthly livestream will be on Monday, August 6

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#20 Posted : Monday, July 30, 2018 11:05:42 AM(UTC)
Livestream schedule

"Check out our Forza streaming schedule for the week of July 30, starting with tomorrow's #ForzaHorizon4 stream from @WeArePlayground!"

"Join us tomorrow, Tuesday 31st July, at 19:00 BST / 11:00 PST for our fourth #ForzaHorizon4 live stream. This week focuses on Spring with a visit to Edinburgh, more gameplay and developer interviews. Watch on Forza channels on @WatchMixer / @Twitch / @YouTube ."
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#21 Posted : Monday, July 30, 2018 12:55:47 PM(UTC)
Xbox Live Official Club for Forza News

"Buckle up and get ready to put the pedal to the metal – the Official "Forza News" Club is now available to check out on #Xbox. Hope you can join us!"

"Want to stay up to date with your favorite games & developers on #Xbox? Check out the all-new Official Clubs, available today for select titles. They'll have an official badge & placement within the Xbox Guide and menus."
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#22 Posted : Sunday, August 5, 2018 9:10:40 AM(UTC)
Forza Week in Review 8-3-18
Brian Ekberg
Friday, August 3, 2018

Before we dive into a recap of this week’s Forza action, I wanted to look ahead to the next episode of our “Forza Monthly” streaming series, which airs on Monday, August 6 beginning at 1 p.m. Pacific. Hot on the heels of Playground Games’ “Seasons Change Everything” series, we’ll be dipping back into the world of Forza Horizon 4 and showing off some cool new stuff that hasn’t been seen before. In addition, we’ll be breaking down the August update for Forza Motorsport 7 in all sorts of detail. Along the way we’ll have special guests and an in-studio car that you’re going to love. If you’re a Forza fan, make sure you clear your calendars and tune in on the official Forza Motorsport Twitch and Mixer channels for the big show!

VOD: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-48iz6RTly8
In like a lamb, out like a lion – or so the old saying goes. In the case of Forza Horizon 4, spring arrived with a roar during our fourth and final “Seasons Change Everything” livestream direct from Playground Games in the U.K. The show featured various members of the Playground crew showing off the beauty and variety springtime in Britain. If you missed the show, watch it in its entirety here:

In terms of pure newness, the springtime stream was a big one, with highlights galore. Here’s a rundown of some of the big moments:

- Spring time is beautiful in Forza Horizon 4. We started the show in the north end of the Lake District and everything looked radically different from the week prior. Sure, the lack of snow was a big differentiator from winter but there was more to it. The world felt like it had come back to life, with colorful plant life everywhere, leaves returning to the trees… even the lighting felt different. In fact, according to Playground, the days will be longer in spring time, and there is more brightness to the environment that reflects the glory of the season.
- While we didn’t get a full rundown of songs coming to Forza Horizon 4, we do know the list of confirmed radio stations and DJs that will entertain you as you drive: Block Party, Bass Arena, Pulse, XS, Timeless are in and Hospital Records will have another drum & bass-dedicated channel, featuring brand new music that you’ll hear for the first time in the game.
- Speaking of sounds, we got to hear from senior audio designer Fraser Strachan, who talked about capturing audio of the vehicles in the game, including the McLaren Senna which, from the looks of the video, was recorded at the Top Gear Test Track in Dunsfold.
- In addition to seeing Team Racing in Forza Horizon 4 for the first time, we saw a new team mode called Survival. Think of this as a team version of the popular Infected game from previous Forza Horizon games. It’s fast, it’s hectic, and the team aspect brings a whole new layer of depth to Horizon’s playground game events.
- Last but certainly not least was the city of Edinburgh. Revealed in the most dramatic possible fashion (via a huge jump that overlooks the city), the Edinburgh of Forza Horizon 4 joins cities like Surfers Paradise and Nice in the line of amazing urban locales to enjoy and explore in the Horizon series. If you’re familiar with Scotland’s capital, you’ll immediately recognize landmarks like the Scott Monument and Princess Street. What makes the city so fascinating from a driving standpoint is its age. The streets of Edinburgh are twisting and turning, far from the grid layout of modern cities. As a result, from the looks of things, there could be surprises around every corner.

While it’s sad to see the “Seasons Change Everything” series wrap up, there’s still more Forza Horizon 4 news to come this summer. In addition to the game’s appearance on this Monday’s “Forza Monthly” show, you can expect to see the game, along with more news, at Gamescom later this month.

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#23 Posted : Sunday, August 5, 2018 9:24:30 AM(UTC)
Weekly Calendar
See these in calendar format at www.bit.ly/ForzaCalendars
Disclaimer: Projected dates for reference. Events are subject to change. Refer to @Forzamotorsport channels for updates.
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Monday, August 6

Tuesday, August 7
  • #TuesdayDrive livestream at 10am? Pacific

Wednesday, August 8
  • #WheelAndPedalWeds livestream at 10am? Pacific

Thursday, August 9
  • #ThingoThursday livestream at 10am Pacific

Friday, August 10
  • #HeyWatchThis livestream at 10am Pacific
  • The Forza Week in Review^
  • #ForzaFriday livestream at 3pm Pacific

Pending / future possibilities:
  • In previous years, The Forza Garage weekly car roster reveals began in mid July. However, weekly livestreams in July is a new pattern, so car reveals may be done differently this time.

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#24 Posted : Saturday, August 11, 2018 3:55:13 PM(UTC)
How to Master the Four Seasons in Forza Horizon 4
By Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor-in-Chief
Posted on August 10, 2018 at 8:00 am

In Forza Horizon 4, Seasons change everything where players must master driving in dry, wet, muddy, snowy and icy conditions. A first for the racing genre and rarely seen in any open-world game, dynamic seasons create a world that is constantly evolving each week and with more than 450 cars, novices and veterans alike can explore the beautiful open world of Britain filled with unique and challenging driving experiences.

While Forza Horizon 4’s deep upgrade system can optimize any car for any season, it’s always best to think about the right car choice for each weather condition, whether you need to adjust your suspension and how you need to change your driving style depending on the terrain. Luckily, we have some tips and tricks on how best to tackle each season and what to expect, sourced by Turn 10 Studios’ Design Director Jon Knoles.


Under a high, mid-day summer sun, conditions are perfect for putting the pedal to the metal on Britain’s fastest motorways or ripping along the golden sands of the northern coast past the brooding Bamburgh Castle. You may encounter the occasional summer rain, but most of the time you’ll find dry weather.

If you take a shortcut through fields, you’ll easily plow through tall grasses and flowers. Don’t worry about wood and wire fences, small trees, or stacked drystone walls. Whatever you’re driving, if you’re going fast enough they’ll break without breaking your car. Smaller, lighter cars will slow down considerably more than larger, heavier vehicles when you plow through these obstacles.

When Horizon summer arrives, as with all seasons, keep an eye out for seasonal gameplay events, challenges, and rewards, which expire at the end of the season. You may find summer events often take advantage of the perfect driving conditions to feature faster cars on faster, paved roads.


Whether you call it autumn or fall, it’s perhaps the most beautiful and most colorful season to explore the tree-lined, winding roads of Britain’s Lake Country in the world’s greatest road cars, or to tackle the 4×4 Adventure Park’s muddy playground for off-roaders.

It’s after harvest, so fields that were full of tall grasses in summer are now plowed and full of soft or muddy earth that will slow you down a bit, and are peppered with new obstacles in the form of big and heavy bales of hay, which will definitely slow you down if you hit them. It will rain in autumn more than in summer and roads do become a bit slicker in the wet, so you’ll be wanting to plan a little earlier for hard turns.

When autumn arrives, keep an eye out for a seasonal barn find car—each season reveals a classic to discover and restore, but you’ll want to find it before the season changes again.


With the low sun shimmering through bare trees across a frosty landscape, you might be worried that you’ll be sliding all over the place. Don’t worry, all tires are good for all seasons, and will be enough to keep you on the roads if you remember to brake—and turn—for curves. If you want more grip on the snow and ice, you can equip your car with studded winter tires in the upgrade shop, and any car that was already equipped with off-road or rally tires will automatically switch to studded tires.

The weather may range from clear to light flurries, or the occasional blizzard. Higher elevations in the north will have more deep snow than lowland areas in the south. Coastal beaches are still sandy, and motorways, the city streets of historic Edinburgh, and other major roads are cleared of ice and snow. In winter, you can reach previously inaccessible areas to search for bonus boards to smash or barn find cars, such as on an island in the middle of a deep lake. And when you’re on the frozen lake, it doesn’t matter what you’re driving or what kind of tires you have, you will slide around a lot, which itself is a lot of fun.

Keep an eye out for snowmen, too. Smashing them is fun, and it will net you combo skill points. Seasonal events are sure to test your mettle on the slippery ice, but rest assured there are still clear roads to conquer.


After a cold winter, the British landscape bursts to life once again in vibrant color, and one thing you can be sure of is a lot more rain, but you’ll also get a lot of sun. Or as they say in much of Britain in the spring, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes.”

Of all the seasons, spring is probably the one with the most varied conditions throughout. Previously dry or shallow riverbeds become deep, rushing streams, which may bring low-slung supercars and lightweight cars to a crawl, but don’t pose much of a challenge for off-road vehicles such as SUVs, trophy trucks, and buggies. If you happen to climb to a mountain peak in the north, you’ll still find pockets of snow to play around in.

As with autumn, spring events may bring a more rally-heavy theme with mixed-surface races to suit the varied conditions. Whether it’s in a sturdy new Subaru WRX Sti, or a classic Group B rally monster from the 80s, you’ll be sure to discover some trail-blazing events in cars built to tackle all the tarmac, gravel, and mud that you’ll get plenty of in spring.

Forza Horizon 4 launches on October 2, 2018 on Xbox One, Windows 10 and Xbox Game Pass, and is now available for pre-order in the Microsoft Store. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire and ForzaMotorsport.net for future updates.

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#25 Posted : Saturday, August 11, 2018 4:01:05 PM(UTC)
Forza Week in Review 8-10-18
Brian Ekberg
Friday, August 10, 2018

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Formula Drift Car Pack
On Monday we aired our August episode of “Forza Monthly” and, in addition to spending a great deal of the show outlining the awesomeness of the August update for Forza 7, we also revealed the full list of cars that are part of the Formula D Car Pack. As a reminder, the Formula Drift Car Pack is available to players who digitally pre-order Forza Horizon 4, and the cars will be delivered in both Horizon 4 (at launch) and Forza Motorsport 7 (this fall).

Here’s all the cars coming to the Formula Drift pack:
1989 Formula Drift BMW 325i
1995 Formula Drift #118 Nissan 240SX
1996 Formula Drift #232 Nissan 240SX
1997 Formula Drift #777 Nissan 240SX
2006 Formula Drift Dodge Viper SRT10
2015 Formula Drift #13 Ford Mustang
2016 Formula Drift #530 HSV Maloo Gen-F

If you can’t get enough of the Formula D Car Pack, make sure you tune into this weekend’s Formula Drift event from St. Louis at formulad.com/live. We’ll be debuting the trailer for the Formula Drift Car Pack during Saturday’s halftime show broadcast, which will start approximately at 2:30 p.m. Pacific.

UPDATE 8/11/18: The Formula Drift Car Pack Trailer has officially debuted! Check it out:

If you missed Monday’s episode of “Forza Monthly” check out the full replay here:

Forza Horizon 4 Features Preview
YouTube: Xbox
Published on Aug 10, 2018
"Forza Horizon 4 brings a host of new features including dynamic seasons, a shared world, new gameplay modes, player houses, new showcase events, and so much more! This highlight video recaps just a sliver of the over 4 hours of Forza Horizon 4 gameplay streaming hosted by Plaground Games. Head to Forzamotorsport.net for the full live stream VOD."

This 2:45 video compiles clips from the four "Seasons Change Everything" livestreams in July. Full VODs:
Summer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2d7CqmUHPk
Winter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEdrvTKcDaA
Autumn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WCMyxxAUP4
Spring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-48iz6RTly8

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