Forza Horizon 4: There’s not a single car-racing video game addict who isn’t familiar with the Forza series. The games, which have been in existence for more than a decade, got a spinoff of sorts with Forza Horizon in 2012. Since then, the Playground Games developed original (in association with Turn 10 Studios) has gone on to become a successful franchise in its own right. The most recent tile in that came to this one was Forza Horizon 3. The FH games revolve around the Horizon Festival, a street racing event that has taken players from the open roads of Colorado to countries like Italy and France in subsequent follow-ups.
More recently, Forza Horizon 3 let players experience the vast open-world terrains of Australia while putting them in charge of the famed Horizon Festival. The FH games, though a part of the original Forza series, typically incorporate a lot of new elements which make them stand out from Forza Motorsport. The continued popularity of the series can be vouched for when we take a look at the reception of its latest addition. Forza Horizon 3 was launched to wide acclaim from both critics and players alike, and it remains one of the highest ranked titles of 2016 till the end. So the question arises: what could the creators achieve with Forza Horizon 4? Read on as we speculate about the fate and future of the much-admired series.
Forza Horizon 4: If or When?
With the kind of acclaim that Forza Horizon has reached since its first title in 2012, it’s hard to imagine that Playground will not add subsequent games in the coming years. FH has seen steady improvements from its start, and the creators have left no stones unturned to ensure that the player experience only keeps getting better with each new iteration. We admit that it is perhaps too soon to speculate about the next game, but it is possible that when it comes to Forza Horizon 4, the question about its future has more to do with “When” rather than “If”. We only have to look at the numbers each new game has churned out to reach this conclusion. The original Forza Horizon was generally praised by the critics, while its sequels have steadily received better ratings than each of the last games. Forza Horizon 3, in particular, came out on top of sales charts across several countries. So yes, it is safe to assume that we’ll see a Forza Horizon 4 before long.
Forza Horizon 4: Features, Gameplay, and Wishlist
The games in the series stand out from several of the other racing games in terms of the sheer number of cars used. Forza Horizon 3, for instance, launched with more than 350 unbelievable rides, from luxury vehicles to ATVs, and many more beasts were added to this roster with the expansion packs that have followed till now. Moreover, its maps were twice the size of what we saw in Forza Horizon 2 owing to the former’s vast open-world setting that took us across the varied landscapes of Australia. From cities to suburbs and even jungles and streams, FH 3 took us everywhere we wanted to go. We don’t quite know what Forza Horizon 4 will have in store for us, but we can imagine that it will be huge. With the next game in the super successful franchise, the pressure is on for the creators to deliver something truly epic. And we have seen them do it before. So let’s get to what we could see, and wish to see, in Forza Horizon 4.
Location: Considering that the Forza Horizon games have taken us across three continents, we wonder where the new game will be located. Having already covered parts of the USA, Europe, and Australia, the question arises if Forza Horizon 4 will take us to a new continent- is Asia on the radar? One of the most popular locations that we would like to see being explored in Forza Horizon 4 is Tokyo. We know that Rockstar had this particular location on their minds for GTA 6, and the creators even travelled to the Land of the Rising Sun to study the roads there. It was eventually said that the traffic systems were unsuitable for a GTA game, but a Forza Horizon title could easily utilise the bustling crowds and mesmerising roads of Japan in its favor. Can you imagine the fun you’ll have in arranging and partaking in the Horizon Festival in Tokyo? Another possible location that Forza Horizon 4 could make use of is England, considering that it is the home country of the developer’s studio. Or maybe we could go back to exploring more of the US? At this point, nothing is certain about where the next game will be located, but whatever is finally decided on, we are prepared to have our minds blown.
Update: Some of our readers are of the opinion that Germany would make a natural choice for any racing game worth their mettle, and we can’t say we disagree. While we would absolutely love to see the next entry being taken to Asia, heroing German-made cars and exploring the diverse roads and landscapes the country has to offer would be totally awesome (thanks to VolvoON22s and Sebastian H for the idea). The truth is, there are a number of beautiful countries with road systems to match that can be explored. We’re in two minds now- what do you think?
Maps: Of course, this is intimately related to the location of the upcoming game. But we think an open-world setting is all but confirmed for Forza Horizon 4, considering how amazingly it worked on the last game. An open-world also means huge maps, and FH 3 has already included one that was twice as large as its predecessor. For Forza Horizon 4, we are sure the creators will develop even bigger, more expansive maps that will take us across an incredibly varied topography.
Realistic Gameplay: FH is known for its realistic driving experience. In Forza Horizon 4, this could be taken up a notch by introducing dynamic weather conditions to really put our virtual driving skills to test. By dynamic weather we mean that several locations on the maps could have their own weather quirks. For instance, we could be faced with a raging sandstorm in the middle of a race across deserts, or maybe deal with an incoming avalanche while racing across snowy mountains. Extreme climatic conditions will be tricky to navigate against and will make the ride harder, but we won’t complain as long as they’re true to the game’s nature.
A More Engaging Horizon Festival: In FH 3, Playground handed over many of the tasks related to managing the Horizon Festival to the player, and fans have had fun doing it. We don’t know what the devs have in store for us to make Horizon more interesting for us in Forza Horizon 4, but we hope it will be epic.
More Cars: While the last game launched with more of our dream cars than we had ever hoped for, it leads us to think how many new rides Forza Horizon 4 will introduce. Perhaps we could have close to 450 or 500 cars the next time around. But we are not just focused on the numbers. In the new game, we want to see as many different kinds of rides as we can imagine. Not just luxury cars, we could also see some new customisable vintage ones (think the Fast and Furious series) to race through the beautiful terrains in, although they might not be suitable for many of them. But that’s the fun, isn’t it?
Multiplayer: Forza Horizon 4 could vastly expand the number of players we can compete against online on the current games. The ability to race with up to 16 players at the same time while trying to keep our reputations intact would be amazing.
Forza Horizon 4 Trailer
Forza Horizon 3 just came out this year, so we won’t have a trailer or even a decent look at the next game in the series until 2017 or even 2018. Be sure to watch this space, though, for we’ll update it as soon as the officials announce anything.
Forza Horizon 4 Release Date and Platforms
Considering the past routine of the series’ release pattern, Forza Horizon 4 is not likely to see the light of the day until 2018. The games usually have a two-year gap in between releases, which gives Playground ample time to work on a new game while also launching some new DLCs. But it is possible for Forza Horizon 4 Release date to be delayed until 2019, for the creators would really have to deliver something truly amazing to outdo the success of FH 3.
Coming to the question of platforms, Forza Horizon 4 should be playable on the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Also, with Microsoft having revealed Project Scorpio at E3 2017 (renamed Xbox One X, which is giving a lot of games the 4K treatment, including Ubisoft’s upcoming Assassin’s Creed Origins), the next title will probably come to the new platform.
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Whatever Microsoft and Playground try to achieve with Forza Horizon 4, we expect the upcoming title to be nothing short of massive. With a new location in town along with significant improvements in gameplay, we are surely in for the ride of our lives. Come back for more information on the next possible entry as we keep updating the information posted here.