Seasons is the headlining
feature in Forza Horizon 4, and they change everything in beautiful,
historic Britain. Players are required to master driving in dry, wet, muddy,
snowy and icy conditions. Seasons will constantly evolve Forza Horizon 4’s
open-world on a weekly basis, and with more
than 450 Forzavista cars to collect, race and customize, there’s plenty of
unique driving experiences to be had in Playground’s next installment to their acclaimed
open-world racing series.
In a new blog post shared on the Xbox
Wire, Microsoft’s Will Tuttle caught up with Forza Horizon 4 Design
Director Jon Knoles to discuss the best tips and tricks for tackling each
season in the game, and what to expect when they change every week. With a deep
upgrade system that allows you to optimize any car for any season, it’s
important that players think about their choice of vehicle for each weather condition
and whether they need to adjust their suspension, as well as how you need to
change your driving style depending on the terrain.
Obviously, seasons will have a distinct look and flavour to
them, dishing out different weather conditions and scenarios depending on the
time of year. Some roads and forests in Winter will be covered in snow and ice,
but other areas of the country will have it all ploughed away with only a trail
of white dust left behind. Autumn will add a reddish look to the landscape as
trees begin to lose their leaves whilst Spring makes the world feel fresh and
alive before it matures in Summer. Below, we’ll have a look at the tips shared
by Knoles for all four seasons in Forza Horizon 4.
Summer is the perfect time of year for putting your foot
down on the pedal and speeding through Britain’s fastest motorways or ripping
along the golden sands of the northern coast past the brooding Bamburgh Castle.
Whilst most of the time you’ll find dry weather with a high, mid-day booming sun,
you may encounter the occasional summer rain-shower. Trees will also have fully
matured as the sheep become woolly and ready to be sheared.
Those who take a shortcut through fields will be easily able
to plough through tall grasses and flowers. You also don’t have to worry about
wood, wire fences, small trees or stacked drystone walls. No matter what you’re
driving, you’ll be able to break through these without smashing up your car –
providing you’re going fast enough, obviously. Smaller, lighter cars will
naturally slow down when going through these obstacles, whilst larger, heavier
vehicles will plough through them with ease.
As with all seasons in Forza Horizon 4, there will be array
of seasonal gameplay events, challenges and rewards that are exclusive to
Summer and expire at the end of the season. These events will take full
advantage of the perfect driving conditions to feature the game’s fastest cars
on the best driving roads to be found in historic Britain.
Autumn could very well be the most beautiful season to traverse
Britain in when playing Forza Horizon 4. It’s arguably with most colourful with
its reds, oranges and yellows, and you’ll see these colours dominant the screen
as you drive across the tree-lined, winding roads of the British Lake Country.
Perhaps you’ll head off-road all together and tackle the Mudkicker’s Adventure
Park in your favourite 4x4 rally machine.
It’s also after the harvest, so the fields that were fill of
tall grasses in Summer have been ploughed and are full of soft, muddy earth
that will slow you down a little bit. They’re also peppered with new obstacles in
the form of big, heavy bales of hay. No matter how large or fast your vehicle
is, these were certainly slow you down if you crash straight into them! There’s
also more rainfall in Autumn than Summer, and the roads do become ever so
slicker in wet weather, so you’ll want to plan a little earlier for those hard
All seasons in Forza Horizon 4 offers its own classic,
seasonal Barn Find to discover and restore that’s exclusive to that time of
year, and Autumn is no exception to the rule. If you want to add this historic
ride to your collection, you’ll need to find it before the season transitions
Winter is by far the most distinct and unique season in
Forza Horizon 4. Not only is it covered in snow and ice, but a low sun shimmering
through bare trees across the frosty landscape will vastly change the overall
visual outlook of this season. That doesn’t mean it isn’t fit for driving, however,
as Forza Horizon 4’s tires are good for all seasons and will be enough to keep
you on the road, providing you brake on time and turn for those sweeping curves.
If you want more grip on the snow and ice, you can equip
your car with studded winter tires in the upgrade shop, and any car that was
already equipped with off-road or rally tires will automatically switch to
studded tires. It’s smart, but it works – seamlessly.
The weather throughout Winter time can range from clear to light
flurries, or even the occasional blizzard. With higher elevations towards the
north of the map, you can expect more deep snow than lowland areas in the south
of Britain. Coastal beaches are still sandy, and motorways, the city streets of
historic Edinburgh, and other major roads are cleared of ice and snow. This
means you can still take out your McLaren Senna or Ford GT and speed across the
sweeping roads of Britain and its snow-covered surroundings without constantly spinning
out or crashing.
Furthermore, Winter allows you to reach previously
inaccessible areas to search for bonus boards to smash into – now referred to
as Influence Boards within the game, or to hunt down one of the many Barn Finds
in Forza Horizon 4, such as on an island in the middle of a deep lake. When
you’re on the frozen lake, it doesn’t matter what you’re driving or what kind
of tires you have, you will slide around a lot, which itself is a lot of fun.
You’ll also want to keep an eye out for snowmen, too.
Smashing into them is fun – well, for you, obviously, not the kids that built
them. It will also add to your combo skill chain. Winter will naturally be full
of seasonal events that test your skills out on the slippery ice and snow it
provides, but rest assured, as there’s still plenty of clear roads to drive on throughout
this festive time of year.
Spring welcomes a freshness to Forza Horizon 4’s Britain with
an overall crispness to the landscape as trees, flowers and shrubberies begin
to sprout. The landscape itself bursts to life in vibrant colour, and you can
expect a lot more rain with plenty of sunshine to accompany. There’s also lambs
around the fields before they mature into sheep, and there’s even chickens to
be found, too. Soundscapes also change in each season, including ambient noises
around the environment, as well as different birdsongs that are associated to
different regions in Britain.
Spring is one of the more varied seasons in Forza Horizon 4.
Riverbeds that were previously dry or shallow become deep, rushing streams.
These may slowdown supercars and lightweight vehicles, but they don’t pose a
threat to the likes of an SUV, an off-road trophy truck or buggy. If you so happen
to miss the snow-covered landscapes of Winter, then you can climb to a mountain
peak within the Scottish Highlands at the north of the map to find pockets of
snow to play around in.
Like Autumn, you’ll find a more rally-heavy theme when it comes
to seasonal events in Spring with mixed-surface races to suit the varied
conditions. Whether you’re driving a sturdy Subaru WRX STi or a classic Group B
rally monster from the 80s, you’ll be sure to discover some trail-blazing
events in cars built to tackle all the tarmac, gravel, and mud that you’ll get
plenty of in Spring. It’s only fitting for this time of year.
As a reminder, seasons will change on a weekly basis in
Forza Horizon 4 – and all players will experience the same seasonal conditions
with the switchover occurring for everyone at the same time. However, you can
race in your favourite seasons whenever you desire by making your own
custom race events with the Horizon Blueprint feature. This allows you to
select the season and weather conditions that suit your race the most. If you fancy
escaping the snow-covered landscapes of Britain in Winter, then this might be a
good alternative to try out!
Forza Horizon 4 launches worldwide on October
2nd, 2018 for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. It’ll be available day-in-date on
Game Pass subscription service. Those who pre-order the Ultimate
Edition can start playing four days early. Expect more from Playground’s
latest open-world racing game leading up to its release, but for everything you
need to know about Forza Horizon 4, be sure to read our
hands-on preview of the E3 demo, where we had the chance to test drive all
four seasons within 10 minutes.
Additionally, you can can also find our in-depth recaps of
the official Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring livestreams from Playground Games, which dived deep
into the new features available in Forza Horizon 4. These covered various aspects
of the game and revealed a ton of new gameplay footage, which naturally
highlighted each of the four seasons available within the game – so be sure to
check them out!
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