With less than three weeks to go until the global launch of
Forza Horizon 4, Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios have announced
that the upcoming open-world racing game from Playground Games has officially
gone gold. That means the game is off for pressing onto retail discs, with the
final setup being prepared for digital release.
To compliment this news, Turn 10 Studios has released the
Forza Horizon 4 demo for free on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC and debuted the Day
One Car Pack for the game – the Best of Bond Car Pack.
We’ve also learned fresh
details on how you can earn ‘Influence’ in Forza Horizon 4 by watching
livestreams and streaming the game over on Mixer, and to top it all off, there’s
also an official Forza Horizon 4 Demo sweepstakes available starting today. Let’s
dive straight into it all.
The Forza Horizon 4 demo is now available for download on
Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. It offers players with a tour of beautiful, historic
Britain in the game across all four seasons of the year. From the ice and snow
of Winter of the blazing hot heat of Summer, the demo allows you to experience
how seasons are designed to change everything in Forza Horizon 4.
Additionally, the demo offers a handpicked selection of cars
for you to enjoy from the roster of 460 Forzavista cars available in the full
game. These include a choice of starter cars, and players will be able to
choose one of the following to drive across the vast landscapes of beautiful Britain
– the 2017 Ford Focus RS, the 2015 Audi TTS RS Coupé and the 1969 Dodge Charger
R/T. The demo also features Xbox One X enhancements to deliver native 4K and 60FPS gameplay modes. In terms of download size, it comes in at 27.83GB on Xbox One and 28.1GB on PC. For more details on the opening hours of Forza Horizon 4, be sure to read our
in-depth preview, which includes our first impressions of the game and
The Best of Bond Car Pack is the Day One Car Pack for Forza
Horizon 4, and it’s included inside the Ultimate Edition of the game. Players
can experience this curated selection of Bond cars from September 28th when
early access begins, and it’ll also be available for standalone purchase at the
global launch of the game from October 2nd.
The Best of Bond Car Pack features 10 legendary cars from
the collection of James Bond films, including Goldfinger (1964), The Man With
the Golden Gun (1974), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015), and more. It’s unsurprising
that the list features a dominant presence of Aston Martin, including the most-featured
car in the history of Bond films– the Aston Martin DB5. You’ll also find some beloved
Bond cars from AMC, Citroën, BMW, Jaguar, and Lotus in this unique assortment
Below, you can check out the full line-up of James Bond
Edition cars available in the Best of Bond Car Pack for Forza Horizon 4:
Many of the cars featured in the Best of Bond Car Pack also
come equipped with film-inspired gadgets that players can review in the
Forzavista mode. One example from Turn 10 includes the revolving number plate
and extendable bumper rams on the 1964 Aston Martin DB5. In addition, the Lotus
Esprit S1 features a special body kit option that’s inspired by the ‘Wet Nellie’
submarine vehicle from The Spy Who Loved Me.
On top of the cars, players who own the Best of Bond Car
Pack in Forza Horizon 4 will receive some in-game Bond-themed goodies. These
include two Bond outfits you can use to customize your character, as well as “six
exclusive phrases” for the online Quick Chat option.
To coincide with its release of the Forza Horizon 4 demo and
the debut of the Best of Bond Car Pack, Microsoft also revealed today how you
can earn in-game Influence by either streaming the game or watching broadcasts from
others. This begins today with the launch of the demo for Forza Horizon 4, and
players will begin to acquire Influence whilst watching the demo being
Influence is one of the core progression mechanics in the
Horizon Life campaign and unlocks new items and events to enjoy in Forza
Horizon 4. You’ll always earn Influence in-game doing what you enjoy the most,
be it racing, exploring, performing stunts, taking photographs, painting cars, tuning
rides, blueprinting new events, and even streaming or viewing the game on Mixer.
Once you’ve earned Influence by watching a Forza Horizon 4 broadcast,
you can claim it in-game by using the same Xbox Gamertag that you used to watch
or stream on Mixer. It’s worth noting, however that players must unlock the ‘Mixer’
thread in the Horizon Life campaign to benefit from Influence earned by
livestreaming or viewing broadcasts.
Players who stream Forza Horizon 4 on Mixer will earn
Influence every two minutes, with “a bonus” applied for those with larger
audiences. Players who watch Forza Horizon 4 on Mixer will receive Influence
every 5 minutes. Microsoft says that any Influence earned from livestreams of
the Forza Horizon 4 demo will be made available in the full game once its
Microsoft has begun a Forza Horizon 4 Demo Sweepstakes to
celebrate the release of the demo on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Exclusive to
players in the United States and Canada, 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.’
During the experience, the winners will get to experience the
excitement of driving a McLaren on a race circuit after learning from
professionally trailed drivers. In addition, the winners will also receive an
Xbox One X console, a copy of Forza Horizon 4, and an Xbox Wireless Elite
Controller. To enter, simply play the Forza Horizon 4 demo from now until
October 2nd on your Xbox One console or in your nearest Microsoft Store. Details
and official rules can be found here.
Today, we begun to rollout our preview
coverage for Forza Horizon 4 from a recent pre-launch event hosted at
McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey. This included our
in-depth preview, a first-look at Horizon
Stories, as well as an assortment
of 4K gameplay videos captured from the Xbox One X version of the game. You
should also check out our feature stories on Forza Horizon 4’s shared open-world gameplay and how it delivers an RPG-style MMO experience, as well the game’s official
car list of 460 Forzavista cars and its radio
Forza Horizon 4 will be available on Xbox One and Windows 10
PC from October 2nd, 2018, as well as the Xbox Game Pass subscription service, but those who pre-order
the Ultimate Edition will receive four days of early access
from September 28th. They’ll also receive the Forza Horizon 4 Car Pass, VIP
Membership, and two post-launch content expansions, as well as the Formula Drift Car Pack and the Best of Bond Car Pack.
With Forza Horizon 4 now gold and the demo available, we’re officially onto the stretch to launch. Expect more coverage
for the eagerly-awaited open-world racing game leading up to its release,
including our full review, as well as more preview content and gameplay videos.
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.