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#51 Posted : Thursday, September 27, 2018 1:01:39 AM(UTC)
Forza Horizon 4's stunning tech upgrades - and how Xbox One X shines as lead platform
DF visits Playground Games and tests the final game.
Thomas Morgan, Senior Staff Writer, Digital Foundry
https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2018-the-technology-of-forza-horizon-4-xbox-one-x-lead-platform
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIDKRSl11dY

Quote:
The Forza Horizon franchise has carved its own path, veering away from Turn 10's mainline series with its emphasis on arcade racing set within a massive open world. The series' evolution has been a long but often spectacular journey - a vibrant racing celebration that's given Horizon its own distinct identity and in Forza Horizon 4, Playground Games aims for something even more special from a technical perspective - a game that builds substantially on the last entry's technical strengths and focuses on Xbox One X as lead platform.


(There's so much good material here I'm tempted to quote the entire article. Here are the key topics:)

Xbox One X is the lead platform, which leads to "a leap in fidelity in Forza Horizon 4 over Forza Horizon 3"
Scanning Britain with DEM data (satellite height map imagery) down to 5 meters (vs 30 meters for Australia)
Modifying the landscape for each season
24 hour time-lapse photography sessions amounting to 1.2TB per shoot, requiring about 4 weeks to process
"cubemaps for lighting, directional fog maps, cone shadow masks down on the ground. "
"We now have a stochastic lighting model, allowing you to see sparkles on a bed of snow."
"The game runs with improved tessellation on deformable snow, rendered up to 10x the quality on Xbox One X compared to the representation on the base console."
In reflections, Xbox One X gets a 2x detail boost over the standard console.
"Ambient lighting is also a new engine feature, built for Xbox One X originally, but also included in the base model's feature set. This is a volumetric occlusion technique that lets a car cast its shade of colour onto nearby buildings. "
Screen-space ambient occlusion is only enabled on Xbox One X in its quality mode
Anamorphic lens flares
Night-time dynamic shadows (only enabled on Xbox One X in 4K mode)
Physics-based destruction
4x MSAA at 4K [on Xbox one X]. "We considered [FXAA], but we decided on balance to go with 4x MSAA and 4K and the graphical settings we have for Xbox One X."
Road texturing and 2x times the number of terrain blend textures
foliage density is increased by 50 per cent.
starburst lens flare






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#52 Posted : Monday, October 1, 2018 6:12:53 AM(UTC)
Forza Horizon 4 is Here!
Brian Ekberg
Friday, September 28, 2018

www.forzamotorsport.net/news/wir_9_28_18

Quote:
Early Access for Forza Horizon 4 is here! If you’ve got the Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Ediiton, then you can start exploring beautiful, historic Britain today. Early access is available on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC versions and gives you full access to the game, as well as other goodies that can only be found in the Ultimate Edition of Forza Horizon 4. This includes the Best of Bond Car Pack, featuring 10 iconic cars inspired by more than 50 years of James Bond films, as well as VIP membership, featuring 3 exclusive Forza Edition Cars, a VIP Emote and Car Horn, a free player house, and much more.

Forza Horizon 4 launches worldwide on October 2 and will be available as part of Xbox Game Pass. If you can’t get enough Forza Horizon 4 coverage between now and the global launch, don’t miss our special Forza Horizon 4 launch day stream coming to you from Playground Games beginning on October 1, which you can watch on our Mixer and Twitch channels, more details on that at the bottom of the article.

This week has been an amazing one for Forza – as we’ve celebrated the launch of Forza Horizon 4 from one of the traditional homes of automotive culture and as we look ahead to the ForzaRC Season 2 Playoffs in Mexico City. Let’s get you caught up with all of that and more here in the Forza Week in Review.


Goodwood Welcomes Horizon
The Goodwood House in the UK is a critical part of the country’s motorsport heritage as the home to the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. This week, Goodwood served as host of an automotive party of a different kind: the Horizon Festival. Xbox descended on Goodwood this week to celebrate the launch of Forza Horizon 4 in grand style. With influencers flying in from all over the world to take part in once-in-a-lifetime experiences, the festival also gave Forza Horizon 4 developers at Playground Games the chance to reveal brand new information on the game.

For Forza fans, the highlight of the week was the latest episode of Inside Xbox, which featured multiple interviews with Playground’s Ralph Fulton. One of the coolest reveals was an in-depth look at the soon-to-arrive Route Creator feature: https://youtu.be/Y8iO9iv9twk

Yes, you heard correctly – you’ll have 40 miles(!) to work with when creating routes in Forza Horizon 4. Watching the video, I couldn’t help but think how cool it would be to try and recreate real-world race tracks within the world of Forza Horizon 4. How about a new Mugello in the Lake District, or recreating Monaco on the streets of Edinburgh? By the looks of the things, all that’s limiting you will be your creativity. I can’t wait to try it out and see what’s possible. Look for the Route Creator to come online with the second update for Forza Horizon 4 on October 25.

Of course the Route Creator is just one aspect of all the cool post-launch support coming to the game. Exclusive new cars, new challenges, new enhancements, seasonal events and stories are all part of the plan in October, all seen through the lens of the weekly seasons change that are integral to the game. Here’s Graeme Boyd and Ralph with a look at what’s in store for Forza Horizon 4 players in October and beyond: https://youtu.be/XsFZQU7xY8g

Last but certainly not least, you don’t want to miss the Forza Horizon 4 Launch Trailer:
https://youtu.be/zJ477xAIlgU

Best performance by a sheep in a supporting role? Yes, I think the Emmy’s need to consider it for this trailer.

Forza Monthly – October 3!
Hot on the heels of the Forza Horizon 4 launch at Goodwood and the ForzaRC playoffs in Mexico City, we’re bringing you the next episode of Forza Monthly on Wednesday, October 3. We’ll be celebrating the launch of Forza Horizon 4 with some deep dive gameplay with the community, as well as looking ahead to the ForzaRC World Championships in London. In addition, we’ll discuss the October update for Forza Motorsport 7, which will be released on October 2. With all the news happening in the Forza world, this episode promises to be a fun one, so be sure to tune in on Mixer or Twitch on October 3, beginning at 1 p.m. Pacific. See you there!

Playground Games Launch Livestream – October 1st
On Monday October 1st, Playground Games will be streaming Forza Horizon 4 live from Playground’s studio in the UK. To celebrate the launch of Forza Horizon 4, the team will be playing their game from the beginning while giving an exclusive developer’s commentary on how the game was made. Expect to hear unique insights and stories about the development of the highest-rated Xbox title of the generation from the people who made it, as they play through the Prologue and into Horizon Life. The stream which will be live on our Mixer and Twitch channels will feature competitions and giveaways to allow Horizon fans to get involved as we build anticipation towards the global launch on October 2nd.

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#53 Posted : Monday, October 1, 2018 9:07:36 PM(UTC)
Forza Horizon 4 Now Available with Xbox Game Pass and Globally on Xbox One and Windows 10 – Watch Ken Block Tearing up the Goodwood Estate
by Ralph Fulton, Creative Director, Playground Games
Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:00 am
https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/10/02/forza-horizon-4-now-available-with-xbox-game-pass-and-globally-on-xbox-one-and-windows-10-watch-ken-block-tearing-up-the-goodwood-estate

Quote:
The day is finally here – Forza Horizon 4 is now available with Xbox Game Pass and globally on Xbox One and Windows 10. Xbox Game Pass members can start playing Forza Horizon 4 Standard Edition on Xbox One and Windows 10, as part of their monthly membership. The membership includes over 100 more great games, including highly anticipated new Xbox exclusives the day they’re released, all for one low monthly price.

Gamers who bought the Standard Edition of Forza Horizon 4 or acquired it as part of Xbox Game Pass will also be able to upgrade to Ultimate Edition by purchasing the Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Add-Ons Bundle for just $49.99. Of note, Xbox Game Pass members get an exclusive 10% discount as part of their membership.


Quote:
To celebrate the global launch of Forza Horizon 4, Xbox invited Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block, famous for the hugely successful Gymkhana series of videos, to unleash his 1,400 BHP 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn V2 on the perfectly manicured grounds of the world-famous Goodwood Estate.

From drifting through the Estate’s pristine entrance in a screech of tires to terrorizing three classic British minis and donutting around a WWII Spitfire, nowhere is safe during Block’s high-octane countryside spin. He even tries to take Hafþór Björnsson (Hafþór is the World’s Strongest Man titleholder and the actor who plays The Mountain in Game of Thrones) for a spin, but the 6-feet 9-inch man mountain just couldn’t fit in to the car!


Quote:
In the next few weeks, we’ll be opening up new Leagues for players to rise through with unique rewards to be won and prestigious Grandmaster titles to aim for. We’re also adding one of our most fan-requested features – the Route Creator – shortly after launch, allowing you to map out your own routes for you, your friends and the world to challenge.

Be sure to tune-in to our next Forza Monthly livestream at 1 p.m. PDT on Oct. 3 on Mixer, where the team at Turn 10 will be chatting all things Forza. And be sure to follow @XboxGamePass on Twitter and Instagram for upcoming news and more games being added all the time.

Edited by user Thursday, October 4, 2018 1:23:57 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#54 Posted : Monday, October 1, 2018 9:18:25 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.



Ongoing:
  • Prep for Loyalty Rewards before playing^
  • Earn in-game Influence by watching FH4 streams on Mixer^


Monday, October 1


Tuesday, October 2
  • FH4 Standard and Deluxe Editions release at 12:01am by XBL region^
  • DLC add-on releases: VIP, Car Pass, Ultimate Add-Ons, Formula Drift Car Pack, Best of Bond Car Pack, Treasure Map
  • Launch day livestream with Johniwanna at 10am Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza


Wednesday, October 3


Thursday, October 4
  • Weekly Season changes to Autumn^ with new events and Forzathon challenges at 7:30am Pacific
  • New Forzathon Shop items with exclusive car, seasonal Barn Find, 2 new DLC cars for Car Pass owners^
  • #ThingoThursday livestream with Johniwanna at 10am Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza
  • Forza Rewards weekly redemption period starts at 5pm Pacific^


Friday, October 5

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#55 Posted : Thursday, October 4, 2018 1:20:22 AM(UTC)
"From all the team @WeArePlayground we hope you’re enjoying #ForzaHorizon4!"



Videos

Goodwood teaser
https://twitter.com/aaro...tus/1047138569993650176

Forza Horizon 4 Launch Livestream with Playground Games (5 hours)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gh09QpbQZU

FH4 on Xbox Game Pass (20 seconds)
https://twitter.com/Xbox...tus/1047229736512966656

Forza Horizon 4 Presents: Ken Block vs Britain (3 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZaedKpRGW8

https://twitter.com/kblo...tus/1047584187677597696

Forza Monthly - October (first 40 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhHacD2spcs
- Launch trailer
- Brian Ekberg and Verena Mei
- Goodwood Estate launch event recap
- New Car Pass DLC car: Koenigsegg Regera RS gameplay
- Upcoming content

Edited by user Thursday, October 4, 2018 1:47:37 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#56 Posted : Thursday, October 4, 2018 2:12:34 AM(UTC)
The big Forza Horizon 4 interview
Playground Games on bringing the series back home, selling up to Microsoft and plenty more.
https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-10-03-the-big-forza-horizon-4-interview
Martin Robinson
Features and Reviews Editor

Quote:
Just prior to Forza Horizon 4's launch, Ian Higton popped up to Playground Games' Leamington Spa studio armed with a handful of questions for chief creative officer Ralph Fulton


Q&A:
The game looks great - is it weird to say I kind of felt at home playing it?
When you started Playground Games, did you imagine Forza Horizon as this long-running series?
Was the UK always part of the plan?
You had a few members of staff heading over to Australia to do research for Forza Horizon 3. Obviously it's not quite as glamorous doing the UK - what did you get up to on those trips?
What's the relationship like with Turn 10 these days?
What's going on with the Toyota licence?
Why did you sell up to Microsoft? Did you have any other suitors?
What kind of things have you gained from Microsoft?

Edited by user Thursday, October 4, 2018 2:13:54 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#57 Posted : Friday, October 5, 2018 1:51:44 PM(UTC)
Forza Week in Review 10-05-18
Brian Ekberg
Friday, October 5, 2018
www.forzamotorsport.net/news/wir_10_5_18

Quote:
From the amazing Xbox launch of Forza Horizon 4 at the world-famous Goodwood House in Chichester, England, to the Series 2 Playoffs of the Forza Racing Championship in Mexico City, to the October edition of Forza Monthly coming to you from Seattle, this has been one of the most thrilling and exciting weeks in Forza history. Oh, and we’re also celebrating the one-year anniversary for the launch of Forza Motorsport 7 this week! There’s so much to cover in this mega-sized edition of the Week in Review, so let’s dive in and get going!


FORZA HORIZON 4 AT GOODWOOD
  • "Xbox and Forza took over the estate for the week, inviting in dozens of our friends and partners, as well as influencers from across the globe, to celebrate the launch of Forza Horizon 4. Of course, the developers at Playground Games were on hand as well to show off awesome stuff like the new Route Creator feature on Inside Xbox. The Route Creator arrives on October 25 as part of the Series 2 update for the game."
  • Forza Horizon 4 Presents Ken Block vs. Britain https://youtu.be/HZaedKpRGW8
  • Forza Horizon 4 Presents The McLaren Senna vs Motocross Showcase https://youtu.be/3Bp4-6sq7RM


FORZA MONTHLY - discussion
  • "We welcomed rally driver and Forza streaming host Verena Mei to the show to talk Forza Horizon 4, as well as her Friday show “#HeyWatchThis.”
  • VOD: https://youtu.be/nhHacD2spcs


AUTUMN SEASONAL CONTENT - discussion
  • "As of Thursday, Autumn has arrived in Forza Horizon 4! That means the trees are changing colors, the fall weather has arrived and, more importantly, new stuff has arrived in the game! New challenges are here, like the “007: Skyfall” challenge, as well as new cars for Car Pass owners in the 2002 Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type-A and the 2018 Nissan Sentra NISMO. These Car Pass DLC cars unlock on Friday and, in addition to the DLC cars, Autumn brings with it new #Forzathon Shop items, including the gorgeous 2017 Ferrari 812 Superfast and the 1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Forza Edition."


ADDING DLC CARS IN FH4
  • "Before we wrap up the Week in Review, I wanted to add a quick note about accessing DLC cars in Forza Horizon 4. For DLC cars like the Formula D Car Pack, the Best of Bond Car Pack, and for weekly cars arriving as part of the FH4 Car Pass, players will need to individually grab each car and add it to their garage in order to drive them. One easy way to do that is to travel to one of your homes then access the “Autoshow” page. Look for the “DLC Cars” tab and select it. From there, you can select “View All Cars” and then individually choose the purchased cars you wish to add to your Horizon 4 garage."


#FORZAFRIDAY LIVESTREAM - mixer.com/Forza
  • "We’ll be recapping all this news and more – and, happily, playing Forza Horizon 4 and Forza Motorsport 7 with all of you – on today’s edition of #ForzaFriday. Feel free to join us over on Twitch and Mixer beginning at 3 p.m. Pacific, and let’s put a bow on this amazing week together."




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#58 Posted : Sunday, October 7, 2018 8:04:25 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.



Ongoing:
  • New player prep for Loyalty Rewards before playing^
  • Earn in-game Influence by watching FH4 streams on Mixer^


Monday, October 8
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 7:30am Pacific^


Tuesday, October 9
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 7:30am Pacific^
  • #TuesdayDrive livestream with Johniwanna on www.mixer.com/Forza


Wednesday, October 10
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 7:30am Pacific^
  • Weekly Photo/Livery contests deadline a.m. Pacific^
  • #WheelAndPedalWeds livestream with Johniwanna on www.mixer.com/Forza


Thursday, October 11
  • Weekly Season changes to Winter^ with new events and Forzathon challenges at 7:30am Pacific
  • New Forzathon Shop items with exclusive car, seasonal Barn Find^
  • #ThingoThursday livestream with Johniwanna at 10am Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza
  • Weekly Photo/Livery contests open^
  • Forza Rewards weekly redemption period starts at 5pm Pacific^
  • 2 new DLC cars for Car Pass owners released late Thursday (Friday UTC)^


Friday, October 12
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 7:30am Pacific
  • #HeyWatchThis livestream with Verena Mei at 10am Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza
  • The Forza Week in Review news recap^ published on site and Forza Hub app
  • Weekly Photo/Livery contest winners featured
  • #ForzaFriday livestream with Mechberg at 3pm Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza




Upcoming:
- Fix for Formula Drift Car credits-required issue "in a future update"^
- Next scheduled monthly content update: October 25^

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#59 Posted : Monday, October 8, 2018 1:51:33 PM(UTC)
UK Charts: Forza Horizon 4 is the fastest-selling game in the series so far
Christopher Dring
Publisher
Monday 8th October 2018
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-10-08-uk-charts-forza-horizon-4-is-the-fastest-selling-game-in-the-series-so-far


Quote:
The new game at No.3 makes for happier reading. Forza Horizon 4 sales are actually ever-so-slightly higher than 2016's Forza Horizon 3 - which in an age of digital acceleration, is impressive to see in the physical charts. The Xbox One exclusive was only narrowly behind Assassin's Creed, too.

Indeed, Xbox tells us that Forza Horizon 4 is the fastest-selling game in the series in the UK so far.

"We're thrilled that Forza Horizon 4 has been so well received by gamers across the UK," said Xbox UK director Harvey Eagle. "Set in beautiful, historic Britain and made by British studio Playground Games, Forza Horizon 4 is the fastest-ever selling game of the Forza Horizon series in the UK according to the latest GfK data. We're also seeing a huge uplift in Xbox Game Pass subscriptions and engagement. These achievements are a testament to the craft and ambition of the latest release of the Forza franchise, the world's biggest racing IP."

It's not the only Forza game in the charts. Promotion of an Xbox One hardware bundle saw Forza Motorsport 5 re-enter the charts at No.12.


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#60 Posted : Wednesday, October 10, 2018 8:35:15 AM(UTC)
Forza Horizon 4 Sees Two Million Players in Its First Week
by Gavin Raeburn, Studio Director, Playground Games
Posted on October 10, 2018 at 6:00 am
https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/10/10/forza-horizon-4-sees-two-million-players-in-its-first-week

Quote:
It has been one week since we launched Forza Horizon 4 and we are humbled by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we continue to receive from players around the world. We are proud to say that in this first week alone, there are currently two million players driving around Forza Horizon 4’s Britain. On behalf of everyone at Playground Games, thank you for supporting Forza Horizon 4 and making the game such a success!

With such incredible global engagement with Forza Horizon 4, the game is now the highest-rated Xbox exclusive of this generation* and Forza continues to be the best-selling racing franchise of this console generation**. We also want to share some fun stats with you from the community:

  • More than 4.6 million hours of Forza Horizon 4 gameplay have been watched across Mixer, Twitch, YouTube and Facebook as of Oct. 9***
  • Players have logged more than 822.7 million miles – that’s probably not covered under manufacturer warranty
  • The community has settled in quite nicely living the Horizon Life, purchasing more than 4.1 million properties and owning more than 74.4 million cars
  • More than 377.7 million roads discovered – you’ve been looking for miles and miles and miles…


Quote:
*Source: Metacritic

**Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service (U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand) – November 2012-August 2018; and other sources.

***Source: Mixer, Stream Hatchet


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#61 Posted : Wednesday, October 10, 2018 8:36:41 AM(UTC)
Content Update - October 10

Quote:
Today we are expecting to release a content update for #ForzaHorizon4 Please check the forums for our updated Release Notes. PC Players: Please note that your hardware settings may reset to default. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this.

https://twitter.com/forza_support/status/1050039237783912448


Release Notes and discussion
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#62 Posted : Sunday, October 14, 2018 5:13:02 PM(UTC)
Forza Week in Review 10-12-18
Brian Ekberg
Friday, October 12, 2018
www.forzamotorsport.net/news/wir_10_12_18

SEASONAL CONTENT: WINTER
  • "Winter isn’t just coming, it’s here! As of yesterday, Forza Horizon 4 has plunged into the cold of the winter season. Of course, that’s not at all as dreary as it sounds. After all, this is winter at the Horizon Festival, so you know a bit of snow and ice isn’t going to slow down the automotive party one bit. As with all seasons in Horizon 4, there’s new things to do in the game, new cars to drive, even a new winter-themed Barn Find hiding out on the frozen lake of Derwent Water. Take a look:"
  • Discussion thread: Winter events, Forzathon, Forzathon Shop, Cars


UPDATES & EXPLOITS
  • "This week Playground Games released two updates for Forza Horizon 4. The first update, released on Wednesday, includes numerous stability improvements to the game for PC players, among other changes (check out all the details here)."
  • "On Thursday the Playground team released an update that patched a credit glitch involving the Goliath race event. Because these kinds of exploits can have damaging effects on the in-game economy and the game itself, the Forza Community Team takes usage of these kinds exploits seriously. Going forward, it’s important for us to reiterate that using exploits of any kind is an explicit violation of the Xbox Code of Conduct and can have in-game consequences for those who take advantage of them, including credits removal, influence reduction, and in-game bans."


GOODWOOD BEHIND THE SCENES
  • "While on location, Playground Games’ Ben Penrose and myself were lucky enough to give viewers a tour of the Horizon 4 fun at Goodwood. If you missed the video on the October edition of “Forza Monthly” here it is for your viewing pleasure:" https://youtu.be/rw7qESYiugE


WHEEL SUPPORT GUIDE
  • "If you love playing Forza Horizon 4 with a wheel and pedal setup, but haven’t yet dialed in the perfect setup for your rig, then you need to see the FH4 Wheel Users Guide we published this week on the Forza Support site. This comprehensive document covers the wheel setups supported by FH4 and provides an in-depth guide to setting up and tuning your wheel in the game."


#FORZAFRIDAY LIVESTREAM
  • "Note that we will not have an edition of #ForzaFriday on October 19, as we’ll be preparing for the ForzaRC World Finals broadcasts. We’ll be back for more #ForzaFriday fun on October 26!"

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#63 Posted : Sunday, October 14, 2018 5:16:02 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.



Ongoing:
  • New player prep for Loyalty Rewards before playing^
  • Earn in-game Influence by watching FH4 streams on Mixer^


Monday, October 15
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 7:30am Pacific^


Tuesday, October 16
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 7:30am Pacific^
  • #TuesdayDrive livestream with Johniwanna at 1pm Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza


Wednesday, October 17
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 7:30am Pacific^
  • Weekly Photo/Livery contests deadline a.m. Pacific^
  • #WheelAndPedalWeds livestream with Johniwanna at 10am on www.mixer.com/Forza


Thursday, October 18
  • Weekly Season changes to Spring^ with new events and Forzathon challenges at 7:30am Pacific
  • New Forzathon Shop items with exclusive car, seasonal Barn Find^
  • #ThumbsupThursday livestream with Johniwanna at 10am Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza
  • Weekly Photo/Livery contests open^
  • Forza Rewards weekly redemption period starts at 5pm Pacific^
  • 2 new DLC cars for Car Pass owners released late Thursday (Friday UTC)^


Friday, October 19
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 7:30am Pacific
  • #HeyWatchThis livestream with Verena Mei at 10am Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza
  • The Forza Week in Review news recap^ published on site and Forza Hub app
  • Weekly Photo/Livery contest winners featured




Upcoming:
- Fix for Formula Drift Car credits-required issue "in a future update"^
- Next scheduled monthly content update: October 25^[/quote]

Edited by user Monday, October 15, 2018 12:41:05 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#64 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2018 9:18:41 PM(UTC)
New videos from Xbox

Forza Horizon 4 Accolades Trailer - Maurice LaMarche reads press comments and scores

Tips and Tricks - 5 Tips for Forza Horizon 4


Jump in
by Craig McNary, Director, Xbox Integrated Marketing
Posted on October 22, 2018 at 7:00 am
https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/10/22/jump-in-xbox-2018

Quote:
Xbox fans might remember the phrase, ‘Jump in’ from years past, or as recently as June of this year at E3, when we reintroduced it to gamers around the world. And whether you’re Team Xbox for life, or new to the family, we’re excited to invite all gamers to Jump in with a refreshed global brand campaign and a sneak peek at our latest ad, launching today.

The campaign launches with four, unique films—Jumping, Friends, Racing and Everyone – that feature our community and our beloved game worlds and characters all converging together. It’s the ultimate celebration of fun through a shared love of gaming.

...


Edited by user Monday, October 22, 2018 9:19:16 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#65 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2018 5:10:54 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.



Ongoing:
  • New player prep for Loyalty Rewards before playing^
  • Earn in-game Influence by watching FH4 streams on Mixer^


Monday, October 22
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 7:30am Pacific^


Tuesday, October 23
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 7:30am Pacific^
  • Livestream preview of Route Creator feature at 10am Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza
  • #TuesdayDrive livestream with Johniwanna at 1pm Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza


Wednesday, October 24
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 7:30am Pacific^
  • #WheelAndPedalWeds livestream with Johniwanna at 10am on www.mixer.com/Forza


Thursday, October 25
  • Weekly Season changes to Summer^ with new Story, championships, and Forzathon challenges at 7:30am Pacific
  • Seasonal Barn Find, new Forzathon Shop items with exclusive car^
  • #ThumbsupThursday livestream with Johniwanna at 10am Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza
  • Weekly Photo/Livery contests open^
  • Forza Rewards weekly redemption period starts at 5pm Pacific^
  • 2 new DLC cars for Car Pass owners released late Thursday (Friday UTC)^


Friday, October 26
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 7:30am Pacific
  • #HeyWatchThis livestream with Verena Mei at 10am Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza
  • The Forza Week in Review news recap^ published on site and Forza Hub app
  • #ForzaFriday livestream at 3pm Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza
  • Weekly Photo/Livery contest winners featured



Upcoming:
- Next scheduled monthly content update: November 20-22^

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#66 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2018 8:21:05 AM(UTC)
October 23 Content Update and livestream

https://twitter.com/WeArePlayground/status/1054714035952852992
Quote:
Livestream from the @WeArePlayground studio - tune into @WatchMixer at 1800 BST for a preview of the upcoming #ForzaHorizon4 update including the brand new Route Creator! http://www.mixer.com/forza


1600 BST = 10am Pacific = 1pm Eastern

Release Notes and content update discussion thread
Route Creator discussion thread

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#67 Posted : Friday, October 26, 2018 2:02:41 PM(UTC)
FH4 is at #PAXAus

"You can’t drive this #McLarenSenna, but you can drive with #ForzaHorizon4 on #XboxGamePass! #Xbox"
https://twitter.com/XboxAustralia/status/1055635309495431168

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#68 Posted : Friday, October 26, 2018 2:19:24 PM(UTC)
Forza Week in Review 10-26-18
Brian Ekberg
Friday, October 26, 2018
www.forzamotorsport.net/news/wir_10_26_18

[Selected quotes - be sure to read the full article.]


FH4 UPDATE: ROUTE CREATOR & SUMMER CONTENT
  • "In addition to the Route Creator, this week’s Forza Horizon 4 update also features a new Horizon Story, “British Racing Green.” Here, you’ll be driving some of the best cars in British automotive history as part of a documentary series on the history of British cars."
  • Release Notes
  • Car Pass additions: 2018 Ford Mustang GT DeBerti Design and 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante

FORZA LIVE FROM SEMA 2018
  • "As always, SEMA is happening in Las Vegas and, this year, Forza is going to be a part of the fun. Join us on Monday, October 29 as Johniwanna and Co Pilot broadcast live from the Hoonigan Yard outside the halls of the show. In addition to playing Forza, they’ll be joined by some of the guys from Hoonigans as well as some special surprise guests. You won’t want to miss this special inside look at the fun from SEMA and it all kicks off at 3 p.m. Pacific on the official Forza Mixer and Twitch channels. Be there!"

#FORZAMONTHLY LIVESTREAM
  • "The next episode of “Forza Monthly” is coming on November 5 just ahead of our next update for Forza Motorsport 7. As always we’ll be joined by special guests from around the world of Forza and we’ll be diving deep into the latest news for Forza Horizon 4, the Forza Racing Championship, and Forza Motorsport 7. Look for the show on our Mixer and Twitch channel beginning at 1 p.m. Pacific on Monday."

#FORZAFRIDAY LIVESTREAM - https://mixer.com/forza
  • "We’ll be putting a bow on all the week’s news in our #ForzaFriday stream, which begins today at 3 p.m. Pacific. Join us as we hit some Forza Horizon 4 action before heading into Forza Motorsport 7 and our traditional Random Ring Race. See you then!"

Edited by user Friday, October 26, 2018 2:20:29 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#69 Posted : Sunday, October 28, 2018 2:04:54 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.




https://twitter.com/Forz...tus/1056591429512835072

Ongoing:
  • New player prep for Loyalty Rewards before playing^
  • Earn in-game Influence by watching FH4 streams on Mixer^
  • SEMA Show in Las Vegas this week


Monday, October 29
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 7:30am Pacific^
  • Livestream^ from SEMA with the Hoonigans at 3pm Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza


Tuesday, October 30
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 7:30am Pacific^
  • #TuesdayDrive livestream with Mechberg at 10am Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza


Wednesday, October 31
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 7:30am Pacific[/url]
  • Photo/Livery contest 3 deadline a.m.^
  • #WheelAndPedalWeds livestream with Johniwanna at 10am on www.mixer.com/Forza


Thursday, November 1
  • Weekly Season changes to Autumn^ with new championships, and Forzathon challenges at 7:30am Pacific
  • Seasonal Barn Find, new Forzathon Shop items with exclusive car^
  • #ThumbsupThursday livestream with Johniwanna at 10am Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza
  • Weekly Photo/Livery contests open^
  • Forza Rewards weekly redemption period starts at 5pm Pacific^
  • 2 new DLC cars for Car Pass owners released late Thursday (Friday UTC)^


Friday, November 2
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 7:30am Pacific
  • #HeyWatchThis livestream with Verena Mei at 10am Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza
  • The Forza Week in Review news recap^ published on site and Forza Hub app
  • #ForzaFriday livestream at 3pm Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza
  • Weekly Photo/Livery contest winners featured



Upcoming:
- #ForzaMonthly livestream November 5th^
- Next scheduled monthly content update: November 20-22^

Edited by user Sunday, November 4, 2018 8:35:01 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#70 Posted : Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:52:45 PM(UTC)
Celebrate Día de los Muertos with Forza Horizon 4
By Sergio Fantin, Xbox Games Marketing
Posted on November 1, 2018 at 10:00 am
https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/11/01/celebrate-dia-de-los-muertos-with-forza-horizon-4

Quote:
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a global holiday that originated in Mexico where friends and family gather to celebrate the lives of their loved ones and to support their spiritual journeys.

To pay tribute to the holiday, the Forza Horizon 4 team partnered with three artists, Sam Rodriguez, Juan Puente, and Axis, to share their unique interpretations and to help bring their art to life in-game. Below, learn more about each artist’s creation, their gaming connection, and how you can also celebrate the holiday by downloading new in-game content now available through November 8th.


[see article for quotes from each artist]



Quote:
To get the Dia de los Muertos inspired Forza Horizon 4 content for yourself, simply follow the steps below through midnight on November 8th:

Complete Autumn #Forzathon Challenges
Go to the Autumn #Forzathon Shop where you’ll see two out of the three shirts available
Purchase the Dia de los Muertos inspired gear with #Forzathon Points!
Then, on Friday, the third shirt will be available to everyone as an unlocked item in the “Character Customization > Tops” menu.

In addition, keep an eye on @Xbox’s Twitter handle this weekend for a chance to win one of these three custom Xbox One X’s. Official rules: bit.ly/2OpAlTF.

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#71 Posted : Friday, November 2, 2018 12:38:28 PM(UTC)
Forza Week in Review 11-2-18
Brian Ekberg
Friday, November 2, 2018
www.forzamotorsport.net/news/wir_11_2_18

(Selected quotes, be sure to read the full article)


#FORZAMONTHLY LIVESTREAM NOVEMBER 5
  • "Welcome to November! If it’s the beginning of the month we must be close to another edition of “Forza Monthly.” Our latest episode of our monthly magazine show all about the world of Forza is coming to you on Monday, November 5, beginning at 1 p.m. Pacific. We’ll have guests from all over the world of Forza, and we’ll be diving deep into the November update for Forza Motorsport 7, as well as giving you a sneak peek at Season 3 in Forza Horizon 4 with Playground Games, and a look back at the ForzaRC 2018 season with some special guests. It’s going to be a fantastic show so be sure you’re tuned in to our Mixer and Twitch channels to watch it live!"


FORZA @ SEMA 2018
  • "You may have seen our livestream from the SEMA show this week, hosted by Johniwanna and Co Pilot along with our friends at Hoonigan. Here’s John’s report from the show" (Hert, Danger Dan, Tanner Foust, Vaughn Gittin Jr., Chelsea DeNofa, Ken Block, Big Daddy Braddy, ChairSlayer, Magnus Walker)
  • Livestream replay: https://youtu.be/tYhK7dTaT24
  • "Watch Monday’s edition of “Forza Monthly” to see more from this epic trip to SEMA!"


SEASON 2 - AUTUMN
  • "The fall season has arrived in Forza Horizon 4 and, with it, cooler temperatures, beautiful fall foliage, and tons of new content and fun. There are two new cars to collect for Car Pass owners: the 1991 Hoonigan GYMKHANA 10 Ford Escort Cosworth Group A and the 1977 Hoonigan GYMKHANA 10 Ford F-150 ‘Hoonitruck.’"
  • "In addition to the above, Season 2 of Team Adventure is here, and there are some great Forza Edition cars available, including the Renault Clio Forza Edition for those who qualify and the Mercedes Benz SL65 Forza Edition, for players who are skilled enough to get to the GrandMaster League. And then there’s that Chicken Dance emote, the perfect accessory to – what else? – the chicken suit?"


CLUB LEADERBOARDS / EXPLOITS
  • "We will be wiping the club leaderboards for Forza Horizon 4 in the vey near future. This is the result of an investigation where we determined that numerous players took advantage of a glitch with the Goliath event (as well as other race events) to earn illegitimate XP and artificially raise their position on the Club Leaderboards. We have since corrected this issue and, to maintain the fairness in our Club Leaderboard rankings, we have decided to reset the leaderboard accordingly."


FORZA HORIZON 4 GEAR
  • "If playing Forza Horizon 4 as much as possible isn’t enough, you can now roll in Horizon gear IRL thanks to our Forza Shop on the Xbox Gear store. T-shirts, hats and sweaters are all available for purchase to keep you (or your favorite Forza fan) looking fresh. "
  • http://gear.xbox.com/forza


#FORZAFRIDAY LIVESTREAM
  • "We’ve made some upgrades to the Forza streaming studio this week, including new cameras, new lights, and a new streaming PC to boot. While we’re still fine-tuning the setup, I’m excited about the next step in making our weekly Forza streams that much better for you. With that in mind, come check out today’s edition of #ForzaFriday, where we’ll be talking about all the latest news in the world of Forza, playing Forza Horizon 4 and Forza Motorsport 7, and getting ready for our huge November edition of “Forza Monthly.” The fun starts at 3 p.m. Pacific on Twitch and Mixer – see you then!"
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#72 Posted : Sunday, November 4, 2018 7:50:04 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.




https://twitter.com/ForzaMotorsport/status/1056591429512835072

Ongoing:
  • New player prep for Loyalty Rewards before playing^
  • Earn in-game Influence by watching FH4 streams on Mixer^
  • Note the clock change


Monday, November 5
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 6:30am Pacific^
  • #ForzaMonthly livestream at 1pm Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza


Tuesday, November 6


Wednesday, November 7
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 6:30am Pacific
  • Photo/Livery contest 4 deadline a.m.^
  • #WheelAndPedalWeds livestream with Johniwanna at 10am on www.mixer.com/Forza


Thursday, November 8
  • Weekly Season changes to Winter^ with new championships and Forzathon challenges at 6:30am Pacific
  • Seasonal Barn Find, new Forzathon Shop items with exclusive car^
  • #ThumbsupThursday livestream with Johniwanna at 10am Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza
  • Weekly Photo/Livery contests open^
  • Forza Rewards weekly redemption period starts at 5pm Pacific^
  • 2 new DLC cars for Car Pass owners released late Thursday (Friday UTC)^


Friday, November 9
  • Daily #Forzathon challenge deadline 6:30am Pacific
  • #FridaySpecial livestream featuring community content with Johniwanna at 10am Pacific on www.mixer.com/forza
  • The Forza Week in Review news recap^ published on site and Forza Hub app
  • #ForzaFriday livestream with Mechberg at 3pm Pacific on www.mixer.com/Forza
  • Weekly Photo/Livery contest winners featured




Upcoming:
- #InsideXbox livestream November 10^
- Next scheduled monthly content update: November 20-22^

Edited by user Thursday, November 8, 2018 6:05:55 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#73 Posted : Friday, November 9, 2018 9:38:49 AM(UTC)
Friday a.m. livestream #HeyShareThis

https://twitter.com/ForzaMotorsport/status/1060945243485351936
"Come take a look at some of the best Forza community UGC on the #HeyShareThis special on @WatchMixer and @Twitch at 10 a.m. PDT with host @johniwanna plus design director Jonk1969 will be on hand to share some of his creations. http://Mixer.com/Forza "

Replay: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/333660208

This stream provides helpful tips on using the menus to find featured Blueprint Routes, and how to follow creators.

Edited by user Friday, November 9, 2018 12:24:00 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#74 Posted : Friday, November 9, 2018 2:24:47 PM(UTC)
Forza Week in Review 11-9-18
Brian Ekberg
Friday, November 9, 2018
https://www.forzamotorsport.net/news/wir_11_9_18

[Selected quotes; be sure to read the full article on the site or in the Forza Hub app]


#FORZAMONTHLY NOVEMBER RECAP
  • "we also welcomed our first guest from Playground Games – principle game designer Mike Brown – to talk about Forza Horizon 4’s route creator feature and give viewers a sneak peek at what’s to come with the next game’s next big update."
  • Replay: https://youtu.be/zRkRpv2hCfs


WINTER SEASON
  • "This week, we’ve got two new cars arriving for Car Pass owners – the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and the 2018 Can-Am Maverick X RS Turbo R. Take a look at the great stuff found all over the game with the arrival of winter:"
  • "Over in the #Forzathon Shop, there’s great finds, including clothing items and the 1995 Nissan NISMO GT-R LM Forza Edition, as well as the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, which was the winning car in Playground Games’ recent #Forzathon Twitter poll. Follow Playground’s Twitter feed and look for more polls like this in the future."


CONTENT UPDATES
  • "On Wednesday, Playground released the latest update for Forza Horizon 4. Notably, this update fixes the issue where some players were not receiving the “Antique Restorer” achievement, despite having collected the Barn Find. In addition, while in Photo Mode, other players’ cars will no longer appear ghosted. For the full list of improvements made with the November 7 update, see the Release Notes on the Forza Support page."
  • "The Series 3 update for Forza Horizon 4 is arriving in November as well, bringing with it new Horizon Racing Cup events, new cars, and new painting and upgrade options."


FORZA @ SEMA 2018
  • "Last week, Johniwanna and Co-Pilot took a trip to Vegas to check out the 2018 SEMA show. In addition to hosting a Forza stream with our friends at Hoonigan, the pair also got a first-class tour of the show, with loads of custom rides on hand to admire, a conversation with Ken Block about the recently unveiled Hoonitruck, and front-seat drift-ready rides with the likes of Vaughn Gittin Jr. and others. Check it out:"
  • Replay: https://youtu.be/TO0p2_do1b4


WEEKLY STREAMING SCHEDULE
  • "If you haven’t noticed, we stream a lot. Like, a lot. In fact, starting next week, we’re going to be streaming every day of the week (and twice on Friday!) Alie Tacq is bringing his Sunday “Forza GT” show to Mondays, to join the rest of the merry band of streamers that populate the Forza channel on Mixer and Twitch. No matter what Forza games you’re into, or how you like to play, we’ve probably got a show for you, so don’t be shy! Pop in and say hello. We don’t bite. Well, *I* don’t bite. I can’t promise anything about Johniwanna."

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#75 Posted : Friday, November 9, 2018 2:55:21 PM(UTC)
Xbox Free Play Days For all Nov. 8-11
https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/11/07/play-playerunknowns-battlegrounds-and-pro-evolution-soccer-2019-free-this-weekend/
https://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/free-play-days-for-all

Quote:
Don’t play alone this weekend. Spend some good time with friends and participate in our Free Play Days for All event! For four days only, all Xbox Live members and not just those with a Gold membership, can play with friends on Xbox One.





Celebrate X018 with Inside Xbox at FanFest: Mexico City on November 10
by Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief
November 7, 2018 at 8:00 am
https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/11/07/celebrate-x018-inside-xbox-fanfest-november-10


Quote:
Inside Xbox: Live from X018 presents a special two-hour show Saturday, November 10 at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT on Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

We’ll be celebrating an incredible holiday season for gamers with our biggest episode of Inside Xbox yet, including news, interviews, great deals, and much more. Guests include Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, Head of Microsoft Studios Matt Booty, Minecraft Studio Head Helen Chiang and many, many more.

Tune in for games including Crackdown 3, Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, Forza Horizon 4 and of course, we’ll have a surprise or two as well.

Xbox Game Pass
Will we have Xbox Game Pass news? Do we ever! We’ll be making over a dozen game announcements for Xbox Game Pass.

MixPot!
Do you like free stuff as much as we like free stuff? If you watch this special X018 episode of Inside Xbox on Mixer and you’re logged into your Microsoft account, you’ll receive in-game items for Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 4! Remember, to be eligible all you need to do is watch the show live at Mixer.com/Xbox on any Xbox, PC or mobile device while logged into your Microsoft account.

Of course, we’ve got a couple big surprises up our sleeves, so make sure you don’t miss a minute!

See you online!


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