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#26 Posted : Sunday, August 12, 2018 9:41:06 AM(UTC)
Weekly Calendar
See these in calendar format at www.bit.ly/ForzaCalendars
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Tuesday, August 14
  • #TuesdayDrive livestream at 1 pm Pacific

Wednesday, August 15
  • #WheelAndPedalWeds livestream at 10am Pacific?

Thursday, August 16
  • #ThingoThursday livestream at 10am Pacific

Friday, August 17
  • #HeyWatchThis livestream at 10am Pacific
  • The Forza Week in Review^
  • #ForzaFriday livestream at 3pm Pacific

Pending/future possibilities
- Past Forza releases have seen weekly Forza Garage car roster reveals ahead of launch, though this summer was unusual with the weekly feature livestream reveals in July.
- gamescom next week
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#27 Posted : Sunday, August 19, 2018 9:35:05 AM(UTC)
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During the last July developer livestream Ralph Fulton stated that more FH4 news would be coming out of Gamescom, which kicks off on Tuesday this week. Attendees at the expo in Cologne will also be able to get hands on with the FH4 demo. See the FH4 at Gamescom thread for a details on various livestream schedules and check back as news comes out from stage interviews, gameplay videos, and articles.

Germany's time zone is nine hours ahead of Turn 10 HQ, so Noon in Germany is 3am Pacific / 6am Eastern.

Tuesday, August 21
  • Inside Xbox livestream from Gamescom at 7:30am Pacific^
  • IGN livestreaming from Gamescom starting at 6am Pacific^
  • #TuesdayDrive livestream at 1 pm Pacific^

Wednesday, August 22
  • Mixer.com/HypeZoneLive from Gamescom 1:30am to 11am Pacific
  • IGN livestreaming from Gamescom starting at 6am Pacific^
  • #WheelAndPedalWeds livestream at 10am Pacific^

Thursday, August 23
  • Mixer.com/HypeZoneLive from Gamescom 1:30am to 11am Pacific
  • IGN livestreaming from Gamescom starting at 6am Pacific^
  • #ThingoThursday livestream at 10am Pacific^
  • Ralph Fulton with FH4 gameplay at 10:45am-11:05am Pacific on twitch.tv/gamesradar^
  • #XboxFanFest in Cologne^

Friday, August 24
  • Mixer.com/HypeZoneLive from Gamescom 12:30am to 11am Pacific
  • #HeyWatchThis livestream at 10am Pacific^
  • The Forza Week in Review^
  • #ForzaFriday livestream at 3pm Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forzamotorsport

Saturday, August 25
  • Mixer.com/HypeZoneLive from Gamescom 12:30am to 11am Pacific

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#28 Posted : Tuesday, August 21, 2018 10:11:12 AM(UTC)
FH4 console bundles announced at Gamescom

gamescom 2018 Xbox One Bundles and Accessories Guide
by Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief
Posted on August 21, 2018 at 9:45 am
Pre-Order the 1TB Xbox One S ($299.99) or 1TB Xbox One X ($499.99) Forza Horizon 4 Bundle and experience a shared open world where dynamic seasons change everything. Explore Britain, collect 450 cars or choose to join team multiplayer just for fun to take on the best in the world. The Xbox One X Forza Horizon 4 Bundle brings support for native 4K resolution and HDR, and comes with a downloadable copy of Forza Motorsport 7, too.

Each bundle comes packed with an Xbox Wireless Controller, a digital download of Forza Horizon 4, 1 month of Xbox Game Pass and 14 days of Xbox Live Gold.

Pre-order now; arrives in stores starting October 2, 2018.

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#29 Posted : Thursday, August 23, 2018 11:24:39 AM(UTC)
Forza Horizon 4 will let you 'push to the extreme beyond Ultra' on PC
By Joe Donnelly
23 Aug 2018

Chatting to Samuel at Gamescom, Playground Games studio art director Benjamin Penrose tells us what we can expect from Horizon 4's desktop variation.

"We're now basing our recommended spec on 60 frames per second and not 30, which is a change from Forza Horizon 3," says Penrose. "We're really happy with the stability and performance from launch this time round. And we've also got a whole bunch of new options you can push [your PC] to the extreme beyond Ultra, if you've got a very powerful PC.

"And of course we've got a load of other options in there, so you can build a view for your cameras, you also have access to the HDR option—the first time on PC for Forza."
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#30 Posted : Thursday, August 23, 2018 11:34:03 AM(UTC)
Forza Horizon 4's Minimum Specs Are Lower Than Forza Horizon 3
By Alex Walker
23 Aug 2018 at 6:14AM

Sequels typically improve upon their predecessors in all sorts of way: content, gameplay, better online infrastructure, and so on. But that usually comes at a cost — especially since visuals are one of the areas that gets tuned the most from game to game.

But in a closed door hands-off demo at Gamescom this year, creative direction Ralph Fulton said that the game's minimum spec would be lower than Forza Horizon 3's minimum spec. It wasn't specified precisely how much lower — those details are to come soon, we understand.

As an added bonus, Fulton outlined a range of other PC-specific features for FH4's launch. Along with 21:9 ultrawide support, the game would also ship with an automated benchmark, adjustable FOV, and a way to push graphical settings "beyond Ultra for the first time", although there was no detail on specifically what was meant by the latter.
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#31 Posted : Friday, August 24, 2018 1:11:39 PM(UTC)
Forza Week in Review 8-24-18
Brian Ekberg
Friday, August 24, 2018

This week, tens of thousands of game fans descended on Cologne Germany for Gamescom – if not the biggest gaming convention in the world, then certainly not that far off. A big chunk of those fans couldn’t wait to get their hands on Forza Horizon 4 (especially if the queues to play the game were anything to go on). Not only did we have a hands-on demo available for Gamescom attendees, we also hosted press in behind-the-scenes interviews, showing off never-before-seen content from the game.

One bit that received special attention was a Halo-themed Showcase event, starring the famed Warthog and featuring voiceover by Cortana herself. The event hasn’t been shown to the public… yet. In fact, we’ll have the world debut of the Halo Showcase on the September edition of “Forza Monthly,” our monthly broadcast show about all things Forza. Look for more information on when the September “Forza Monthly” will air in next week’s edition of the Forza Week in Review.

Forza Horizon 4’s appearance on the Gamescom edition of Inside Xbox was a centerpiece of the week. Xbox’s Graeme Boyd was joined by Ralph Fulton to talk about the latest news on the game, including details on Online Adventure, the shared world of Forza Horizon 4, and more. If you missed it, here’s the video (fast forward to the 2 hour 20 minute mark for the Forza Horizon 4 segment). https://youtu.be/i1GwpqBiB7Q

Also at Gamescom, Ford launched a new vehicle – the Ford Ranger Raptor – and announced that the rugged new truck will be coming to Forza Horizon 4. To clarify this news, while the Ranger Raptor will be coming to Forza Horizon 4, it will not be available at launch in the game. We will update the community on the Ranger’s official release in Horizon 4 in the future.

Finally, if you haven’t yet pulled the trigger on Forza Horizon 4 and are looking for a deal on some great hardware, Xbox announced two new Forza bundles at Gamescom. The first combines the Xbox One S with Forza Horizon for $299; the second features the Xbox One X with both Forza Horizon 4 and Forza Motorsport 7, available for $499. Both bundles include an Xbox Wireless controller, 1 month of Xbox Game pass, and 14 days of Xbox Live Gold.

Finally this week, Xbox unveiled Spotify playlists for several upcoming exclusive Xbox games, including Forza Horizon 4. To check out the Forza Horizon 4 Soundtrack Snapshot on Spotify, featuring artists like M83, Greta Van Fleet, Beck, and more, follow this link. Look for the reveal of the full soundtrack for the game soon.

FH4 at Monterey Car Week
Car Week is proving as exciting as always. McLaren fans have been able to enjoy the McLaren Senna in Forza Horizon 4. While a few real-life McLaren Senna road cars have been spotted out on the roads around Monterey. Have you seen one yet?


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#32 Posted : Sunday, August 26, 2018 3:28:35 PM(UTC)
Weekly Calendar
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With Gamescom wrapped up there's little in the way of announced reveals this week. Xbox will have a Pre-PAX Open House event in Redmond where visitors can play the FH4 demo. Xbox will be at the expo but it doesn't look like there's anything specific for FH4 on the PAX West schedule.

However, with just over 30 days before Ultimate Edition pre-order owners can start playing FH4 with Early Access, a Gone Gold announcement should be imminent. Last year's Gone Gold announcement for FM7 came on Thursday, September 7 along with the first TV commercial for the game, a date for the game demo, and a list of PC specifications compatible peripherals. The 2016 announcement for FH3 arrived on Tuesday, August 30th and included PC specs as well as the game's list of Xbox Live Achievements.

Brian Ekberg stated in the #ForzaFriday livestream^ that the next Forza Monthly episode will not stream on its typical first-Monday-of-the-month due to the U.S. Labor Day holiday. As noted in the Week in Review, the date will be announced on Friday, August 31, and the September Forza Monthly livestream will reveal the Halo Showcase. A reveal of the game's full soundtrack is also TBA "soon." We're also still waiting on an official car roster reveal, which Ralph Fulton recently said would be coming in the "weeks before launch."^

Some of the community's questions may be addressed next week, as MotorworldHype has indicated an upcoming interview opportunity with Playground Games; you can submit questions (or upvote existing questions) up until the September 5th deadline.

Tuesday, August 28
  • #TuesdayDrive livestream

Wednesday, August 29
  • #WheelAndPedalWeds livestream

Thursday, August 30
  • #ThingoThursday livestream at 10am Pacific

Friday, August 31
  • #HeyWatchThis livestream at 10am Pacific
  • The Forza Week in Review^ - with September Forza Monthly info
  • #ForzaFriday livestream at 3pm Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forzamotorsport
  • PAX West expo^ open through September 3.

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#33 Posted : Friday, August 31, 2018 10:04:38 AM(UTC)

Xbox is at PAX West 2018
by Tara Theoharis, Manager, Xbox US Events
Posted on August 29, 2018 at 9:00 am

Xbox is bringing games, gear, and more to downtown Seattle for PAX West August 31 – September 3. Whether you’re joining us in person or following along on social media and Mixer, here’s what you can expect:

Xbox Booth
North Hall, 4th Floor, Booths 403, 411, 417

Experience a few of the games that make up Xbox One’s diverse line-up at the Xbox booth. We’ll have playable demos of Forza Horizon 4, The Division 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Devil May Cry 5, NBA 2k19, Metro Exodus, Kingdom Hearts III, Tunic, Ooblets, Kingdom Two Crowns, Generation Zero, Bendy and the Ink Machine, Supermarket Shriek, My Time Portia, and some new DLC from State of Decay 2. You will also have the opportunity to earn a Cuphead Pinny Arcade pin, participate in a Tomb Raider-themed scavenger hunt, guess the amount of Nuka Cola caps in a Fallout 76 experience, visit the Game Pass vending machine, and pick up exclusive Xbox Official Gear for the first time at PAX. (PAX Badge required)

Mixer will be live from 10:30am to 6pm Friday through Monday (no specific mention/schedule of FH4)

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#34 Posted : Friday, August 31, 2018 12:37:38 PM(UTC)
Forza Week in Review 8-31-18
Brian Ekberg
Friday, August 31, 2018

[selected quotes - be sure to read the full article]

"This week, our friends over at True Achievements posted the full achievements list for Forza Horizon 4. There are 55 total achievements to earn in the game for (naturally) a total of 1000 Gamerscore points. Here’s the list:"
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Here's the list in alphabetical sort:
10 ACCOMPLISHED DRIVER / Reach Level 20.
20 AN ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER / Finish 40 different Horizon Story chapters.
20 ANTIQUE RESTORER / Fina and restore 15 Barn Finds.
10 APEX PREDATOR / Reach Speed Zone Hero level 10.
10 AT ONE WITH THE CAR / Apply every Car Mastery available for a single car.
10 AUTO BARN / Find and restore your firest Barn Find.
20 BOUNCY BOUNCY, HAVING SUCH A GOOD TIME! / Reach Round 10 in the Horizon Cross Country Series.
20 CERTIFIED ADVENTURER / Qualify for a League in Ranked Team Adventure.
20 COLOSSUS OF ROADS / Reach Round 10 in the Horizon Road Racing Series.
20 CORONATION TRICKLIN' / Bank a Skill Chain of 195,300 or more points.
20 CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT / Purchase a castle.
10 "DO YOU KNOW WHAT 'DK' STANDS FOR?" / Reach level 10 in The Drift Run.
10 FIRST LOVE / Buy your first car from the Autoshow.
10 FIRST-TIME ADVENTURER / Complete your first Team Adventure.
20 GO THE DISTANCE / Win a race at The Colossus, The Gauntlet, The Titan, or The Marathon.
20 GROUND FORCE / Get 3 stars at a Danger Sign in a vehicle from the Trucks Car Type.
20 HATCH ME IF YOU CAN / Complete the Festival Drag Strip in a Hot Hatch in under 25 seconds.
10 HIT THE JACKPOT / Spin your first Super Wheelspin.
20 HORIZON FASHION WEEK / Unlock 100 clothing items for your character.
50 HORIZON SUPERSTAR / Gain Superstar Status by reaching Level 200.
20 HUMAN AFTER ALL / Complete 5 PvP Races.
10 I FEEL THE NEED / Reach Speed Trap Hero Level 10.
20 I LIVE MY LIFE... / Reach Round 10 in the Horizon Drag Racing Series.
20 JOLLY COOPERATION / Complete 5 Horizon Life Co-op Races.
30 LIFE OF THE PARTY / Take part in 20 #FORZATHON Live Events, completing at least Round 1 in each.
20 MASTER OF MANY / Apply 50 Car Masteries.
20 MOONLIGHTING / Reach Round 10 of Street Scene.
20 MUDDIED / Reach Round 10 in the Horizon Dirt Racing Series.
20 NEVER TELL ME THE ODDS / Win a race in the Peel P50.
20 OFFICIAL HORIZON BOARD GAME / Smash all 200 Bonus Boards.
10 OPTIONAL EXTRAS / Apply your first Car Mastery.
10 OVERACHIEVER / Complete a Season PR Stunt and receive a reward.
10 PILOT'S LICENSE / Reach Danger Sign Hero Level 10
10 PRIDE BEFORE THE FALL / Qualify for Horizon Autumn.
10 PURPLE SPLIT! / In Rivals, beat a Rival without receiving a "dirty time" penalty.
20 REAPING THE REWARDS / Complete a race of 3 or more laps at The Goliath in a Forza Edition Car.
20 RECORD BREAKER / Get 258mph on a Speed Trap in the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.
10 SNOW PROBLEM / Qualify for Horizon Winter.
10 SPECIAL EDITION / Get your first Forza Edition Car from a Wheelspin
10 SPRING INTO ACTION / Qualify for Horizon Spring.
50 STAR CENTURION / Get 100 stars in Horizon Stories.
50 STUNT SUPERHERO / Get 3 stars on every PR Stunt.
20 TAKING THE GRAND TOUR / View every Beauty Spot.
20 TAME THE MONSTER / Complet a race in an S1 class Rally Monster.
20 TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK / Complete Round 3 of a #FORZATHON Live Event.
20 TEST YOUR MIGHT / Complete The Trial.
20 THE NOISY CARTOGRAPHER / Drive down every road in Britain.
20 THE SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE / Reach level 5 in Racing Team Adventure, Games Team Adventure, or Anything Goes Team Adventure.
10 THERE'S NO 'I' IN TEAM / Take part in your first #FORZATHON Live Event
20 TORTOISE AND THE HARE / Complete a PvP Showdown Race in an X class and a D class car.
10 WEEK COMPLETE / Complete a #FORZATHON Weekly Challenge.
30 WELCOME TO A NEW HORIZON / Qualify for the Horizon Roster.
10 WELCOME TO BRITAIN / Arrive at the Horizon Festival.
10 WELL SEASONED / Complete a Season Championship and receive a reward.
20 WHATEVER NEXT? / Complete every Showcase Event.

CAR LIST - discussion
  • "If that P50 got your attention, you won’t want to miss next Friday’s edition of the Forza Week in Review, where we’ll have much more to say about the car list in Horizon 4."
  • and in the next Forza Monthly livestream...

FORZA MONTHLY - discussion
  • September 10 beginning at 1pm Pacific
  • see the Halo Showcase event in Forza Horizon 4 for the very first time.
  • "we’ll be diving deep into the Horizon 4 car list"

#FORZAFRIDAY LIVESTREAM - www.mixer.com/Forzamotorsport
  • "Don’t miss our #ForzaFriday livestream today at 3 p.m. Pacific on Mixer and Twitch. We’ll be back with more great stuff next week; see you then!"
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#35 Posted : Sunday, September 2, 2018 7:19:42 PM(UTC)
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This Tuesday will be just 4 weeks away from the worldwide release of Forza Horizon 4, while Ultimate Edition owners will get to play 4 days earlier than that. With the announcement of the official Achievements list last week, we may see a "Gone Gold" announcement this week. In any case, Friday's Week in Review will have "much more to say about the car list in Horizon 4" ahead of the Forza Monthly livestream on Monday the 10th.^

Sunday, September 2
  • FH4 demo at PAX West^

Monday, September 3
  • FH4 demo at PAX West^

Tuesday, September 4
  • #TuesdayDrive livestream at 1pm Pacific

Wednesday, September 5
  • #WheelAndPedalWeds livestream at 10am Pacific

Thursday, September 6
  • #ThingoThursday livestream at 10am Pacific

Friday, September 7
  • #FH4DriveIn demo and movie night (Sydney, Australia)^
  • #HeyWatchThis livestream at 10am Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forzamotorsport
  • The Forza Week in Review^ - car list info
  • #ForzaFriday livestream at 3pm Pacific

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#36 Posted : Tuesday, September 4, 2018 4:29:48 PM(UTC)
Ralph Fulton on Unlocked

"Unlocked 360 is here! @WeArePlayground creative director @ralphmfulton sits in on the whole show. We talk about Horizon 4, how they try to top their own awesome games, where the Halo & Hot Wheels crossovers came from & more! Watch here now or YT/MP3 tmw:"

Some time stamps:
04:58 - Ralph mentions to Ryan that "tomorrow you'll be able to get a look at the first couple hours" of the game, which depending on the day of recording could have been late last week (in correlation with PAX West) or means this week.
08:10 - Talking about team turnover vs longevity at Playground Games.
11:30 - How PG starts thinking about the next game (location vs features etc)
14:00 - Lighting tech for each season
15:15 - How the the Halo Showcase came about
19:50 - PG being acquired by Microsoft
23:30 - PG's internal post-mortem reviews of launched games
25:30 - How the Hot Wheels expansion came about ("it was an idea that came from Turn 10")
29:10 - Looking back at the first Horizon
31:10 - How Ralph decompresses after game launch
43:40 - Supporting the game after launch with events (Forzathon), DLC (cars and expansions), and quality of life improvements, all to tie in with the Seasons concept. Staffing up to be able to support the ongoing features.

Related to the staffing up discussion, yesterday @_RetroKrystal announced that she's the new Community Liaison for Playground Games.

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#37 Posted : Thursday, September 6, 2018 8:41:48 AM(UTC)
FH4 official tv commercial released September 6


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#38 Posted : Friday, September 7, 2018 12:16:18 PM(UTC)
Xbox: “I can't think of a holiday that has more AAA games in such a tight time period”
Christopher Dring
Friday 7th September 2018

"There are fans of the Forza franchise that we know are going to buy every release," Greenberg notes. "The question is, are the more mainstream gamers who maybe buy three games a year, are we going to make that list of three games? And you're right, Forza Horizon 3 greatly exceeded our expectations when it launched and every single month since. It's been incredible.

"Horizon 3 was, in many ways, a great open-world game. The game and setting was very unique and, with the quality of the game, it stood out. The challenge for [developer] Playground was how do you build on that? Having the setting in beautiful Britain, which as we know is where Playground is based, being able to add in the elements of the four seasons and how that can change gameplay... that is going to take the franchise to a whole other level.

"So our expectation is that Forza Horizon 4 is going to be the biggest and best-selling Forza game that we've ever launched. Currently our pre-order tracking is well ahead of where we want, and tracking ahead of where we were with Forza Horizon 3. So the early indicators are really good. And that's before you get into the fact that this title will be in Game Pass, which will allow it to reach another set of gamers who may never have played or bought the game."

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#39 Posted : Sunday, September 9, 2018 3:36:56 AM(UTC)
Forza Week in Review 9-7-18
Brian Ekberg
Friday, September 7, 2018

[selected quotes - be sure to read the full article]

CAR LIST - discussion
  • "The list below covers the majority of the more than 450 cars that will be available to play in the game at launch on October 2. "
  • "In addition to the cars listed below, Forza Horizon 4 will also feature the cars of the Day One Car Pack (look for more details on that coming soon) as well as unlockable Forza Edition cars that will be available in the game, which we’re keeping a secret for now."
  • "One absence from the above list is Mitsubishi. While our teams work hard to license hundreds of brands for Forza games, we can’t always align our fans’ desires with the interests of every licensor, as is the case here with Mitsubishi. As a result, we’re unable to include Mitsubishi cars in Forza Horizon 4 at this time."

SOUNDTRACK - discussion
  • "The Forza Horizon 4 soundtrack features a cutting-edge mix of tunes from genres all over the musical map; from the hard rock sounds of XS to the latest tracks from Hospital Records and much more. Here’s a look at all of the more than 100 tracks that make up the Forza Horizon 4 soundtrack:"
  • "Want to listen to the soundtrack before the game is released? Grab the Spotify app on the Microsoft Store (on PC or Xbox) and check out the Forza Horizon 4 playlist that just launched today for the full list of tunes that we’ll all be enjoying once Forza Horizon 4 launches worldwide."

  • "Yesterday we debuted the official commercial spot for the game, which is different in tone and execution than anything we’ve done before. I’d prefer not to spoil it for you by going into too much detail, so here it is in all its glory: https://youtu.be/FPaBK2mwd5Q"

FORZA MONTHLY - discussion
  • "Our September edition of our “Forza Monthly” news show airs on Monday, September 10. The show kicks off at 1 p.m. Pacific on the Forza Mixer and Twitch channels, and what a lineup we have planned for you! In Forza Horizon 4, we’re going to be checking the car list, so take a look at the car list above and let us know which cars you want to see on the show. In addition, we’ll have the world debut of the Halo Showcase event, as well as special guests from 343 Industries joining us on the show. "

#FORZAFRIDAY LIVESTREAM - www.mixer.com/Forzamotorsport
  • "Check out #ForzaFriday today where we’ll be talking about the Forza Horizon 4 news and looking ahead to Forza Monthly. The show begins at 3 p.m. Pacific on Mixer and Twitch, so don’t miss it!"

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#40 Posted : Tuesday, September 11, 2018 2:28:33 PM(UTC)
Weekly Calendar
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Monday, September 10
  • Forza Monthly livestream at 1pm Pacific with Halo Showcase and 343 guest.^

Tuesday, September 11

Wednesday, September 12
  • Press Previews release after 12:01am Pacific^
  • Demo release?^

Thursday, September 13
  • #ThingoThursday livestream at 10am Pacific

Friday, September 14

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#41 Posted : Tuesday, September 11, 2018 4:51:47 PM(UTC)
Megan Fox, Zedd and More Battle the Elements in the Forza Horizon 4 Seasons Simulator
By Aaron Greenberg, General Manager of Xbox Games Marketing
posted on September 11, 2018 at 3:14 pm

With the upcoming launch of Forza Horizon 4 on October 2, there’s plenty of excitement for car enthusiast and racing fans to look forward to and, in anticipation of the game’s release, we’re kicking off a special two-day event on September 12 through September 13 that current and future Forza Horizon fans won’t want to miss, only on the Mixer ForzaSeasons Channel!


Seasons change everything in Forza Horizon 4, and tomorrow starting at 11 a.m. PDT, you’ll get to witness celebrities with a love for speed, driving and adrenaline experience a one-of-a-kind Forza Horizon 4 Seasons Simulator. The 360-degree booth is designed to mimic the changing seasons in Forza Horizon 4 – meaning celebrities will have to endure rain, snow, heat, and mud while they play the game on Xbox One X. This is a fun and interactive opportunity to get an inside look at the game and catch these stars battling all the elements:

Wednesday, September 12
  • Rapper and mogul Xzibit – 11:00 a.m. PDT
  • Actor and CEO of Reach Out Worldwide Cody Walker – 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • Actor, producer, 6x Grammy nominated singer & philanthropist Tyrese Gibson – 2:00 p.m. PDT
  • Multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning artist, DJ, and producer Zedd – 3:00 PM PDT
  • Multi-platinum recording artist Jason Derulo – 6:00 p.m. PDT
  • Gamer, streamer, and producer Trey “AcE” Smith – 8:00 p.m. PDT

Thursday, September 13

It’s the first time we’ve ever created a simulator like this, and there’s no telling exactly what will happen. That’s because it’s up to you – viewers tuning in on Mixer will be able to cast their vote to control the weather each star will face inside the Simulator. Don’t miss out on your chance to make it rain, snow or mud on Megan, Xzibit, Cody, Jason, Tyrese, Trey, Siefe, Zedd and Hertrech from the Hoonigan team! Head over to the Mixer ForzaSeasons Channel on September 12 and September 13 to join all the fun.

Think you’ll still want more Forza Horizon 4 action after the Forza Season Simulator? You’re in luck, because the one and only, rapper and actor Ludacris will play and stream the game on Friday, September 14 at 7 p.m. PDT on Mixer Xbox Channel. His British accent even makes an appearance…check it out for a chance to learn more about Luda and Forza Horizon 4!

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#42 Posted : Wednesday, September 12, 2018 3:04:30 PM(UTC)
Forza Horizon 4 Gone Gold!
Brian Ekberg
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Today, we’re announcing that the game has officially gone gold and is off for pressings of retail discs and final setup for digital release. As Playground Games readies the game for launch – early access begins on September 28 for Ultimate Edition owners, and global launch beginning on October 2 – we’re celebrating the best way we know how: with brand new information on the game and the release of the Forza Horizon 4 demo worldwide on Xbox and Windows 10! We start with the details of the Forza Horizon 4 Day One Car Pack, featuring one of the most legendary universes in cinematic history.

"We are thrilled to announce the Best of Bond Car Pack as the Day One Car Pack for Forza Horizon 4. The pack is included as part of the Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition and will be playable with early access to the game, beginning on September 28. Players will also be able to purchase the Best of Bond Car Pack separately at the global launch of the game on October 2." The DLC includes:
  • 10 cars listed - "Several of the cars in the pack will feature film-inspired gadgets that players will be able to view while in Forzavista mode."
  • 2 Bond outfits
  • 6 exclusive “Quick Chat” phrases for use in multiplayer

FORZA HORIZON 4 DEMO - discussion

  • "We’re also happy to announce the start of the Forza Horizon 4 Demo Sweepstakes for both US and Canadian residents. Two lucky Grand Prize winners and their plus ones will receive the Ultimate McLaren Driving Experience, which includes an all-expenses paid trip and participation in Pure McLaren."

  • "Starting with the launch of the Forza Horizon 4 demo today, players will begin to accrue “Influence” in Forza Horizon 4 when watching the demo being streamed. Influence represents a player’s progression in Forza Horizon 4 and is the core of the game’s “Horizon Life” campaign. No matter how you like to play the game, you’ll be earning Influence as you go – exploring racing, performing stunts, taking photographs, creating (liveries, tunes and Blueprints), and streaming (or viewing) on Mixer."
  • "Once you have earned Influence for viewing a Forza Horizon 4 Mixer stream, you can claim it in the game using the same Xbox Gamertag you used to watch or stream on Mixer. (Note that players must unlock the “Mixer” thread in the Horizon Life campaign to take advantage of Mixer-earned Influence.) Players who stream Forza Horizon 4 on Mixer will earn Influence every two minutes, with a bonus applied for larger audiences."
  • "For more information on how to earn influence through Mixer, check out the blog post at www.aka.ms/MixerInfluenceinForza "

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#43 Posted : Friday, September 14, 2018 3:39:58 PM(UTC)
Forza Week in Review 9-14-18
Brian Ekberg
Friday, September 14, 2018

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!

DEMO - discussion
  • Released on Wednesday 9/12
  • "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. "
  • Reward in-game tee shirt for playing the demo

BEST OF BOND DLC - discussion
  • "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."

FORZA MONTHLY - discussion
  • Featuring gameplay showing the Volvo Iron Knight, 2018 Ford Mustang GT, and guest from 343 presenting the Halo Showcase.
  • VOD: https://youtu.be/CKSVmuiG0uE

FORZA REWARDS - discussion
  • "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."
  • The maximum weekly reward remains 500,000 CR

LOYALTY REWARDS - discussion
  • "The rewards players can earn is based on their Tier level at the time they log into the game for the first time. "
  • Players must be Tier 12 when starting FH4 to get all Loyalty Rewards.

#FORZAFRIDAY LIVESTREAM - mixer.com/Forzamotorsport
  • "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!"
  • During the livestream, Mechberg announced that the streaming channels are being renamed from /Forzamotorsport to /Forza. So www.twitch.tv/Forza and www.mixer.com/Forza

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#44 Posted : Sunday, September 16, 2018 4:47:08 PM(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.

We're now just two weeks from the launch of Forza Horizon 4. Reminder: you can get a head start earning Influence from watching livestreams of the FH4 demo on Mixer, and earn Forza Rewards points for more Loyalty Rewards at launch. This coming weekend's calendar includes the annual EGX expo in the UK. There haven't been any EGX Horizon-specific schedule announcements yet, but the official EGX app is available to download and will have updated "lists and locations of every game" this week along with a developer sessions schedule. Ralph Fulton has previously made presentations at EGX in Horizon launch years. The Tokyo Game Show is also open this coming weekend.

Between now and launch is typically the time when an official list of supported peripherals is announced, and a launch trailer is released, so keep an eye out for potential news up through Friday's Week in Review.

Monday, September 17

Tuesday, September 18
  • #TuesdayDrive livestream

Wednesday, September 19
  • #WheelAndPedalWeds livestream

Thursday, September 20
  • #ThingoThursday livestream at 10am Pacific
  • #EGX2018 expo opens in Birmingham, UK^

Friday, September 21
  • #HeyWatchThis livestream at 10am Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza
  • The Forza Week in Review^
  • #ForzaFriday livestream at 3pm Pacific
  • #EGX2018 expo in Birmingham, UK^

Saturday, September 22
  • #EGX2018 expo in Birmingham, UK^
  • Tokyo Game Show opens in Japan^

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#45 Posted : Monday, September 17, 2018 8:56:43 PM(UTC)
Here's how the Xbox Adaptive Controller is getting people with disabilities back into gaming
Vivek Gohil, who has muscular dystrophy, was an early tester of the Xbox Adaptive Controller, and says it's finally let him play Forza again
Sunday 16 September 2018

Gohil’s gaming, however, has a new lease of life. He’s one of the early testers – via the charity Muscular Dystrophy UK – of the Xbox Adaptive Controller, the first inclusive mainstream controller.

About three years ago, Microsoft started working on a controller for the Xbox aimed specifically at gamers with disabilities. The idea was to create something that could channel different customisations, from buttons in a wheelchair headrest to controls triggered by knee or foot pressure. The result is the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a simple, almost old-school white box with two large programmable black buttons and a smaller steering button. The controller’s secret? It has 19 3.5mm input jacks and two USB ports at the back, which effectively offer open-source access for any third-party device to perform any controller function.

Gohil now uses the controller to play Forza, using the left analog stick of a regular controller via the co-pilot accessibility feature to steer the car, a chin switch to accelerate and a right head switch for braking. He has two knee switches stuck to the bottom of the table to press the Rewind button and Challenge button. “Before I tested the device, I was completely unable to play Forza using a regular controller, but when I found the perfect switch setup I managed to win multiple races,” he says. “It was an amazing experience to hand me back the controller I never thought I'd ever hold again. The whole gaming industry needs to take a lesson and understand that a large minority of gamers have a disability. It’s important that they listen to everyone.”
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#46 Posted : Tuesday, September 18, 2018 8:20:18 AM(UTC)
Inside Xbox Returns September 25 with Forza Horizon 4 and Much More
by Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief
Posted on September 18, 2018 at 8:00 am

Inside Xbox returns on Tuesday, September 25 at 1:00 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET on Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, with a special episode spotlighting Forza Horizon 4. We’ll be live from Great Britain, the setting for the latest entry in the Horizon franchise, at the historic and prestigious Goodwood House located in the British countryside. We’ll be celebrating the upcoming launch of Forza Horizon 4 with exclusive news and interviews on the game, but of course, we’ll have much more to report. We’ll reveal all the games showcased on Inside Xbox closer to the show.

Inside Xbox isn’t the only item on the broadcast slate. Be sure to tune in early next Tuesday, too, as we’ll have a Forza Horizon 4 pre-show exclusive to Mixer and Twitch featuring gameplay streams with Playground Games and the UK’s own Xbox On, along with a few big surprises along the way. For more information on all things Forza Horizon 4 from Goodwood, head to xbox.com/promotions/forza-goodwood.

For a closer look at all the content for Inside Xbox, keep your eyes here on Xbox Wire, Facebook, and Twitter for a full reveal of content on September 25. Mark the date on your calendar – you’ll be glad you did!


September 25th, Pacific time on www.mixer.com/Xbox
10am - 11am Seasons Change Everything recap show live from Goodwood, brand new content, Best of Bond first look
11am - 12pm Xbox On with Benny, Leah, Sam, Charleyy live
12pm - 1pm Goodwood Horizon Superstar Tournament
1pm - 2pm Inside Xbox from Goodwood Estate, with a real-world Showcase race
2pm - 3pm Xbox Live Sessions with special guests playing FH4 and answering fan questions
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#47 Posted : Thursday, September 20, 2018 8:55:37 AM(UTC)
Thursday livestream

Bond car talk and the #ForzaHorizon4demo today on the #ThursdayThingo. @Johniwanna is your host so trees beware! @WatchMixer @Twitch /Forza starts at 10 a.m. Pacific


Reminder: Twitch and Mixer channels have been renamed to:
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#48 Posted : Monday, September 24, 2018 12:55:27 PM(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.

  • Prep for Loyalty Rewards before launch^
  • Demo Sweepstakes through October 2^
  • Earn in-game Influence by watching FH4 streams on Mixer^

Tuesday, September 25
  • Press reviews posted at 12:01am Pacific^
  • FH4 and InsideXbox livestream from Goodwood Estate 10am-3pm Pacific^
  • Launch Trailer released^
  • #TuesdayDrive livestream at 3pm Pacific

Wednesday, September 26
  • #WheelAndPedalWeds livestream

Thursday, September 27
  • #ThingoThursday livestream at 10am Pacific
  • Summer season begins in game (with weekly Forzathon and Forzathon Shop set) through 10/4^
  • Forza Rewards weekly redemption period starts at 5pm Pacifci

Friday, September 28
  • Early Access launch is available at 12:01am local time (rolling time zones)^
  • Best of Bond, VIP, and Formula Drift DLC available
  • no #ForzaFriday livestream as Mechberg is in Mexico City for ForzaRC

Saturday, September 29

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#49 Posted : Monday, September 24, 2018 12:55:44 PM(UTC)
Press Reviews

Originally Posted by: ManteoMax Go to Quoted Post
Launch reviews and scores are now being released.

Metacritic: 90 92
"Critical Hit: "Forza Horizon 4 is a joyous, enthralling celebration of racing."


"Forza Horizon 4 is a gorgeous, rewarding, and self-renewing driving experience that raises the open-world racing bar yet again. Our review:



Paul Semel
"While #ForzaHorizon4 (Xbox One, PC) is yet another solid open world racing game, it has some issues that made it less interesting for me (though your mileage may differ). My review:"







Alan Walsh





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#50 Posted : Tuesday, September 25, 2018 9:37:28 AM(UTC)
Originally Posted by: ManteoMax Go to Quoted Post
Live now with Mechberg, Ben Penrose, and Playground Games developers:


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