The Series 14 Update for Forza Horizon 4 is set to arrive later this week, celebrating the one-year anniversary of the shared open-world racing game developed by the team at Playground Games in conjunction with Turn 10 Studios.
Since its release on October 2nd, 2018, Forza Horizon 4 has garnered more than 12 million players and is played by 4 million players every month. As for post-launch support, the game has received more than 75 free exclusive cars with tons of new events, challenges and features, in addition to its robust expansions – Fortune Island, which launched last December, and LEGO Speed Champions, which dropped during E3 2019 in June. All in all, Forza Horizon 4 has become the most successful entry in the franchise to date.
With the Series 14 Update for Forza Horizon 4 comes several new highly requested vehicles and features, headlined by two new McLaren supercars. These include the 2019 720S Spider and the 2018 600LT Coupé. Their release coinciding with the game’s one-year anniversary is fitting, since the McLaren Senna is the hero car on the front cover of Forza Horizon 4.
Complimenting these British supercars is the 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor Prerunner by DeBerti Design and the 2018 #94 Volkswagen Motorsport I.D. R – the first fully electric prototype racing car designed by the German automaker. The vehicle made its debut at Pikes Peak in 2018 and became the first car to complete the hill climb in under eight minutes! It broke the record set by Sébastien Loeb and his Peugeot 208 T16, with an average speed of 150.9 km/h and 218 km/h through the speed trap. Impressive stuff.
These four new vehicles can all be unlocked from the Series 14 Festival Playlist, with each season being themed around all four Horizon games released thus far. Summer will focus on the classic Forza Horizon, featuring a Weekly Forzathon event in the 2013 SRT Viper GTS, followed by the 2014 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 from Forza Horizon 2 in Autumn, the 2016 Lamborghini Centenario from Forza Horizon 3 in Winter, and of course, the 2018 McLaren Senna from Forza Horizon 4 in Spring.
In addition, be sure to observe the names of each of the Festival Playlist events over the next four weeks, as many of them refer to various aspects and themes used across each of the Horizon games – including the “Opus” codename used for Forza Horizon 3! There’s also a new Showcase Remix to check out in Spring called Contest of Giants, which pits the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 against the Hovercraft in the Glen Rannoch, whilst the Lamborghini Countach takes on a jet-black variant of the Delta Wing in an 80s-themed event this Summer titled Night Flight, which is accompanied by the backdrop of the Horizon Festival lightshow and a totally tubular synthpop soundtrack.
Meanwhile, the Series 14 Update also introduces a new option that allows you to sell duplicate cars won from Wheelspins. After claiming a car from a spin, you’ll have the ability to either add it to your garage or sell it for half of its value. This option will not appear in time-limited Online Adventure events, so to ensure a smooth flow in-between races, cars will simply be added to your garage if won from a wheelspin after a multiplayer race.
Furthermore, this update also includes some highly-awaited improvements to the Route Creator, in terms of both building courses and discovering community routes. Players can now edit checkpoints placed into their routes either during or after route creation. You can also flick through checkpoints, adjust their width, change their placement or remove them altogether. It’s even possible to drive through the course whilst using the checkpoint editor. Up to 250 checkpoints can be placed across a 40-mile stretch, which should give creators plenty of flexibility when building their routes.
Playground Games has also improved how players discover Custom Routes and Horizon Blueprints with specific search options that allow you to filter by seasons, race styles, car categories and classics, various route types and more. There’s even a 9-digit share code that is applied to every route made by the community, including those created before the Series 14 Update, and these can be manually typed in to access a specific player creation. What’s more, is that any custom route can now be found and played from within the pause menu.
Finally, the Series 14 Update for Forza Horizon 4 introduces 11 new Xbox Live Achievements for a grand total of 250 Gamerscore with objectives such as finishing the recently introduced Top Gear and Car Files Horizon Stories, as well as earning 100% completion on the Festival Playlist. These are all retroactive, so players who have already met these milestones should find some new Achievements waiting for them once they log on after installing the new update. With numerous new bug fixes and improvements on top of all the new vehicles and features it introduces, the Series 14 Update is yet another fantastic quality-of-life update for Forza Horizon 4 and is a wonderful way to mark its one-year anniversary. As they say, time flies when you’re having fun!
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