Forza Horizon 4 will make its debut at this year’s E3 expo
in Los Angeles, according to a new report from GameReactor
via the Forza
subreddit. The article claims that a representative with Xbox Europe for Spain
and Portugal, Fernanda Delgado, told them of the title’s existence – and that
it will have its official reveal at E3 2018, where the location of the upcoming
game – which has been highly-speculated to be Japan from fans, will also be
Delgado said fans will not have long wait to hear about
Forza Horizon 4. “Forza's releases are very cyclical and if you're a Forza fan
you already know what you're playing more or less,” he explained, referring to
the annual cadence of the Forza franchise. With last year’s entry being Forza Motorsport
7, it’s no real surprise that 2018’s Forza title would be the next entry in
the Forza Horizon series.
“There have been many speculations about where the next
Forza Horizon will be and that is what we will tell later, at E3,” Delgado added.
None of this is surprising, but it’s unusual to see a
representative for Xbox come out and confirm a new entry in the Forza Horizon series
to be released in 2018 before its official announcement at E3. Whilst he didn’t
specify who will be developing the title, the UK-based studio Playground Games is
anticipated to be leading the project. The team has developed all three entries
in the Forza Horizon series so far, in collaboration with the Seattle-based Turn
In January, we shared a feature
story in relation to what Playground Games currently has in the works. The studio,
located in Leamington Spa, has two teams working on different projects – both
of which we believe are for Microsoft. The first of these is Forza Horizon 4,
developed by the same team behind the first three entries in the open-world
racing series. The second is a reboot of the Fable franchise, which is being
developed by the newly-established secondary team. This project has replaced
the new IP the studio had in mind to originally develop.
Photos of a mocap actor working on Forza Horizon 4, who goes
by the name of Alphonso Austin were also shared in November of last year onto
Instagram, but these were later deleted. All entries in the Forza Horizon
series have featured mocap in them, so once again, this isn’t anything too
unusual. The photos were taken at the Audiomotion Studios in London, whom
Microsoft has worked with before on Quantum Break, Forza Horizon, and Halo.
A few weeks after our report, Playground Games’ Creative
Director Ralph Fulton confirmed the studio were mid-development on an upcoming
unannounced project – with Xbox One X being the lead platform for that
title, which we expect to be Forza Horizon 4.
“We are obviously, we’re mid-development on a new
unannounced title right now, and the lead development platform for that title
is Xbox One X – which is great for us and I think ultimately, you know, for the
players in a number of ways,” he said.
Overall, it’s safe to assume a new Forza Horizon game is
expected to make its debut at E3 2018 this June in Los Angeles before launching
worldwide later this year. As Delgado told GameReactor
in their article, “the thing is where.” Whilst Japan is the expected location
of Forza Horizon 4 and the one being speculated the most by fans, there’s a still
a chance the series could head elsewhere, such as Dubai, or even make a return
to Europe or North America.
Wherever Forza Horizon 4 turns out to be set, we’ll have all
the details for you here on FullThrottle Media. Stay tuned for our upcoming
wishlist of everything we’d love to see in Forza Horizon 4, and don’t miss our
article that discusses the upcoming
projects we’re expecting to see from Playground Games in the future.
Alan is the co-founder and co-owner of FullThrottle Media. As someone who enjoys spending all his free time playing video games, he delivers the latest in news stories, reviews, and feature articles to the website, as well as videos on his YouTube channel and livestreams over on Mixer.