Forza Horizon 4 introduces a new twist on the Super7 formula, as well as a brand-new car to unlock with the Series 37 Update arriving Tuesday, June 29th. Plus, there’s noteworthy changes coming to the Festival Playlist that set the stage for Forza Horizon 5’s launch later this year. Let’s dive into it.
A new hardcore variation on Super7 gameplay goes live with the Series 37 Update – Super7 High Stakes. Players are challenged to undertake some of the most difficult events created by the Super7 community and curated by developer Playground Games for a chance to unlock some “really awesome” gifts.
It’s up to you whether you want to bail out early and save the prizes earned thus far or gamble them to pursue greater rewards and bigger accolades. Competitors only have three attempts to beat any event that’s served up to them, so you best bring the skills before risking it all and losing everything.
There’s a new ride to unlock from the Festival Playlist this Summer. It’s the only vehicle featured in the Series 37 Update, and it originates from none other than the vibrant landscapes of Mexico. Admittedly, the timing on this one is spot on.
First debuted in Forza Motorsport 7’s Top Gear Car Pack, the 2017 VUHL 05RR is a road-legal lightweight supercar available to unlock from July 1-8 by completing the “VUHL In The City” Seasonal Championship.
The VUHL 05RR delivers improved track performance over the standard VUHL 05 released years prior. While a prototype of the car was unveiled to the world at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, a production ready model wouldn’t be shown until the 2019 Race of Champions in Mexico.
What’s more, the VUHL 05 is the only series of cars to be ever released by VUHL, the Mexican company founded by brothers Guillermo and Iker Echeverria. In fact, the “RR” stands for “Road and Racing” to promote the vehicle’s street and track capabilities, while VUHL itself represents “'Vehicles of Ultra-Lightweight and High Performance.”
With the release of Forza Horizon 5 taking centre stage over the next few months, there have been some changes made to the structure of the monthly Forza Horizon 4 series events. Starting with the Series 38 Update coming next month, Playground Games will bring back previously available Festival Playlist content from Series 7 to Series 32.
The developer described it as “a mixtape featuring the return of some of your favourite content combined with recently added new features.” This means that even older series content will feature new additions such as Photo Challenges, while the Forzathon Shop and Horizon Backstage voting will continue business as usual. What’s more, the return of these classic events means new opportunities to earn the exclusive reward cars tied into them.
However, don’t expect to see any brand-new cars or features over the next few months. This is all about a second opportunity to revisit past content and unlock vehicles you might missed before while Playground Games focuses on delivering Forza Horizon 5 on November 9th. Once that game launches, the developer intends to ensure that Forza Horizon 4 remains a fun experience for everyone, but the team isn’t ready to share exact plans for its future quite yet.
The Festival Playlist also returns in Forza Horizon 5 with “a nicer intro and handoff between the main campaign and that live service Festival Playlist,” as noted by Creative Director Mike Brown in a recent Eurogamer interview. “I think we did land on a bit of a sweet spot... where it takes maybe two and a half hours to do it all within a week – that might be an evening session on the game, which I think fits into people's lives really nicely.”
Seasons also return in Forza Horizon 5 and this time; each biome in the world is impacted differently. For example, while a blizzard furiously attacks the volcanic region in Winter, simply drive towards the coast to experience the blazing hot sun that stretches for miles. Weather events such as tropical storms and gigantic sandstorms will also be tied into the seasonal structure, as well as the all-new Expeditions as part of the Campaign mode that see you expand the Horizon Festival to new locations in Mexico.
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