Forza Horizon 2 will reach its “end of life” status on
September 30th, developer Turn 10 Studios announced in its latest Forza Motorsport
Week in Review. From that date forward, the game and all its associated
downloadable content, including the Storm Island and Porsche expansions, will
be unavailable to purchase on the Microsoft
After September 30th, those who own a digital copy of Forza
Horizon 2 will still be able to download and play the game with all its associated
content as normal. Disc owners can also simply insert the game into their Xbox
One or Xbox 360 console to continue enjoying the game as usual. The difference
will be that digital versions of Forza Horizon 2 and its downloadable content
will no longer be available for purchase. This also includes in-game purchases,
such as the Forza Tokens microtransaction currency and the Treasure Map, which
reveals the precise locations of all the different Bonus Boards and Bard Finds
on the map.
Should you not own Forza Horizon 2 – or only have a copy of
the game on disc, this is your chance to grab a digital license at no cost. Forza
Horizon 2, which launched four years ago on September 30th, 2014, is currently available
to download for free on Xbox One via the Xbox Live Games with Gold program
for the month of August. Once you have acquired a digital license for the game,
it’s yours to keep forever so long as you have an active Xbox Live Gold
The Games with Gold version of Forza Horizon 2 is the ‘Standard 10 Year Anniversary Edition,’ which doesn’t
include the Car Pass, VIP Membership or the Storm Island and Porsche expansions.
These can purchase separately from the Microsoft Store until September 30th.
The 10 Year Anniversary Car Pack is included in this bundle, however – and
since this Car Pack was never available for standalone purchase, it’s a great incentive
for current Forza Horizon 2 owners to add the Games with Gold version to their
digital collection, allowing them to access the cars included in this special anniversary
pack at no additional cost.
As for why Forza Horizon 2 is being pulled from the
Microsoft Store, the cars, music and sponsors used in the Forza franchise are
licensed to cover a four-year cycle. Because Forza Horizon 2 launched on
September 30th, 2014, it means the right to sell copies of the game with these
brands included officially expires on September 30th, 2018 – exactly four years
following the release of the game.
You might remember the same happened last year with Forza
Motorsport 5. It went free to download via the Games with Gold program before hitting
its “end of life” status and thus being removed from the Microsoft Store. Based on
past entries into the series, you can presumably expect a similar scenario for
Forza Motorsport 6 next year, which launched in 2015.
In the meantime, be sure to grab Forza Horizon 2 and all its
associated downloadable content before its permanently removed from the
Microsoft Store. I had a look, and it appears the standalone Forza Horizon 2
Presents Fast & Furious game has already been pulled
from the store, which isn’t a surprise considering its official tie-in to
Universal’s blockbuster film franchise.
Of course, you can still enjoy Forza Horizon 2 today and
well into the future. The “end of life” status does not impact online services
for the game either, so you’ll still be able to explore Southern Europe with
your friends online, download and share tunes, paintjobs and photos, and of
course, compete in Rivals events and Online Road-trips.
Forza Horizon 2 is undoubtedly a fantastic game. Its
authentic replication of the south of France and the coastal northern regions
of Italy led to some incredible European road-trips. It was the first Forza
title from Playground Games to ship on Xbox One and it showcased the hardware
beautifully – it’s a game we’d
also love to see enhanced in 4K for the more powerful Xbox One X
console. Considering it’s free to currently download on Games with Gold, there’s
no better way to get prepared for Forza Horizon 4
and its take on beautiful,
historic Britain before it launches on October 2nd, 2018 – unless of
course, you haven’t played
the unmissable Forza Horizon 3 yet.
Alan is the co-founder and co-owner of FullThrottle Media. As someone who enjoys spending all his free time playing video games, he keeps the website updated with new and relevant content, including news stories, reviews and opinion pieces for the games he likes writing about the most. He also tweets too much, probably.