Forza Horizon 4 introduces several new features that will
make the game feel fresh and exciting in the months and years following its
is undoubtedly the big one, which will change the landscape of the
open-world and introduce new content on a weekly basis. This includes new cars,
events and of course, weather conditions. To compliment seasons will be the Route
Creator, which will allow players to create their own customized race events in
Forza Horizon 4.
However, few official details have been shared about the Route
Creator. Playground Games didn’t even discuss the feature during their recent Forza
Horizon 4 Seasons broadcasts, and when it did show up on the livestream on
the event creation screen, it was labelled as ‘Coming Soon.’ This suggests that
the Route Creator potentially won’t be featured in Forza Horizon 4 at launch,
but will instead be included in a future update post-release. For comparisons
sake, last year’s Forza
Motorsport 7 shipped without several announced features at launch,
including the Auction House, Forzathon, Leagues and Spectate Mode.
Some official details on the Route Creator were shared this
week by Turn 10’s Design Director Jon Knoles, who revealed on the official Forza
forums that additional info on the new feature will come “later,” whilst
clarifying how it’ll work in the hands of players in Forza Horizon 4. Knoles said
that players can only create a custom route at any of the starting locations of
pre-existing event routes, but after that, you can make courses as long or as
short as you desire. Checkpoint width can also be adjusted, and these can be
placed wherever you wish on the map. In addition, you can choose between a
circuit race or point-to-point. You’re also not limited to the existing road
network either, which means you can indeed head off-road and beyond the asphalt.
“We'll share more on the Route Creator later, but to
clarify: while you can only start a custom route at any of the existing routes'
start locations (and there are loads of them), after that your route is
basically wherever you can drive from that point-even far away from the start
point, placing checkpoints along the way, adjusting the width of each as you
place them” Knoles wrote on the Forza forums. “It can be a circuit or a point
to point, and is not limited to using the existing road network. In truth, it
gives you so much freedom that it's presenting a lot of navigation challenges
for Drivatars, and a lot of resulting bugs for Playground to fix as they are
finishing the game.”
As referred to by Knoles, the team at Playground Games are
currently fixing a lot of bugs in relation to Drivatars, who are struggling to navigate
these custom courses. This could be why the Route Creator might not be included
in Forza Horizon 4 at launch, though Microsoft, Turn 10 Studios or Playground
Games have yet to officially say whether or not the feature will be delayed.
Whilst the Route Creator will allow players to design and
share their own custom race routes from any of the designated starting locations
in Forza Horizon 4’s beautiful,
historic Britain, the events already featured in the game will also be
remixed by Playground Games in the weeks and months following its October
2nd release. These include Showcase events, which will be updated to play in
different ways after launch. Expect these to be altered with different
vehicles, time-of-day settings, weather conditions and seasons. Likewise, new
seasonal events will also be introduced to the game as well.
Forza Horizon 4 will be the most customizable entry into the
open-world racing series yet. Not only can you personalize your vehicle with a
host of different upgrades and kits or progress through the campaign to become
Superstar anyway you desire, but there’s also more than 500 pieces of
clothing and over 50 emotes you can use to customize your character and make
them stand out from the crowd at the Horizon Festival.
In addition, the Horizon Blueprint feature introduced in
Forza Horizon 3 will also return to Forza Horizon 4. This feature allows you to
customize the events already available in the game with different weather and
time-of-day scenarios, whilst also curating the vehicle classes and the number
of events found within a championship. If you want to play through the events
Playground Games has made in Forza Horizon 4 with your preference of cars and
weather settings, then this will be the feature for you.
Furthermore, custom blueprints and race routes created in
Forza Horizon 4 will now be filtered by into different categories, including
events you’ve made, those which are currently trending, all-time favourites,
and others which have been curated by Playground’s editorial team. Forza
Horizon 3 would only show events made by your friends or official events curated
by Turn 10’s Community Team, so this yet another welcomed change and should
make navigating and discovering new events much easier and faster than before.
As mentioned, Forza Horizon 4 will be available on October
2nd, 2018 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. It’ll also launch onto Xbox
Game Pass on the same day, but Ultimate
Edition owners can start playing four days early from September 28th. For
everything you need to know on Playground’s latest open-world racing game, don’t
miss our recaps from their recent Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring broadcasts, as well as our
hands-on impressions of the Forza Horizon 4 E3 2018 demo.
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.