The Series 7 Update for Forza Horizon 4 is slated to arrive next week, likely on Tuesday, March 12th, developer Playground Games announced today on its most recent in-studio livestream from Leamington Spa, UK.
This month’s release is being headlined by the ‘Festival Playlist’ experience, which has been dubbed as “a whole new way to play Forza Horizon 4” – bringing together Forzathon, Season Events, Online Adventure and more into one central hub. It’s a new holistic view built into the user interface that’s accessed from the pause menu. Festival Playlist combines seasonal content with new events, challenges and rewards. It even allows you to view upcoming content and feature additions for Forza Horizon 4, and access relevant trials from Online Adventure and Rivals.
Seasons are now divided into challenges with percentage goals. Rewards are unlocked from seasonal events by hitting specific percentiles set-out by the game with a unique unlock available at 100% completion of each season. Plus, the new Showcase Remixes – more on those below, have also been integrated into Festival Playlist with their own related challenges and incentives to play. Overall, this feature has been designed to bring together one unique experience that’s constantly updated with fresh content and challenges to coincide with the weekly seasonal changes. It’s all the newest, latest experiences in Forza Horizon 4 all located under one handy playlist menu.
Meanwhile, the new Showcase Remix events, which are accessed from the Festival Playlist interface, are timed-limited challenges curated by Playground Games that are refreshed with each weekly seasonal change. These feature their own unique rewards and act as a twist on the original Showcase events you’re already familiar with in Forza Horizon 4 by swapping out the car, changing up the season and offering a different weather scenario to make it feel reinvented and fresh. Once you select a Showcase Remix from the Festival Playlist interface, the game will highlight where it is on the map and sets out the driving path for you to follow.
In the example showcased on the livestream, the Ariel Nomad in The Flying Scotsman Showcase event has been swapped out with a Ford Anglia. But don’t expect it to be stock, this car has been upgraded for the event with relevant parts and tuning. You’ll also be racing the iconic Scottish train in the Summer season instead of Winter as before, the asset of which was touched up to remove the snow and icicles attached to the model.
Another Showcase Remix highlighted on the March edition of Forza Monthly debuted the Halo Showcase Event set during the Winter season. This one was designed as a hark back to Assault on the Control Room, a classic mission from the Halo franchise. It still naturally uses the Warthog, as well as all the incredible props, vehicles and backdrops from the original event, but they’ve been tweaked to shine during the Winter season. Playground Games also altered the audio effects for this event when played in Winter to account for the addition of snow and ice.
Additional Showcase Remixes will become available with each seasonal change, so be sure to check back on the Festival Playlist interface for the latest one available to access. It’s worth noting that whilst Playground began working on Showcase Remixes before the launch of Forza Horizon 4, it was ultimately put on ice before being revisited shortly thereafter. At the Goodwood launch event for the game, Ralph Fulton, Creative Director of Playground Games, explained to us that “Remixes allow us to take the Showcases that are in the game and remix them. Put a different theme on them, put a different time of day, move it out into a different season, change the car you’re in, change the music – and give you the same Showcase but in a slightly different flavour.”
As for new cars, the Series 7 Update for Forza Horizon 4 introduces 3 new RTR cars to the game – including two official Formula Drift machines. These rides are also coming to Forza Motorsport 7 with the March Update as Spotlight Cars, but in Forza Horizon 4, they’re unlocked by completing events and challenges within the Festival Playlist experience.
Not only is there the 2018 Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5, but there’s also Vaughn Gittin Jr’s RTR #25 and teammate Chelsea DeNofa’s RTR #88 from Formula Drift, featuring their own custom upgrades and livery trims. The standard model has some cool touches like the RTR badge on the back with mean headlights on the front. Meanwhile, both Formula Drift rides feature a 7.2-litre V8 engine with over 1,000-horsepower at stock. These cars can also be upgraded to deliver shocking performance capabilities with more than 1,800-horsepower.
To compliment these new cars, there will also be RTR-themed clothing to unlock in Forza Horizon 4 throughout Series 7, as well as a host of other exclusive rides, including the newly-released 2018 BMW Z4 Roadster, the 2002 BMW M3 GTR – a classic returning from Forza Motorsport 4 featuring a monstrous V8 engine, the 1963 Pontiac GTO – considered the original American muscle car package that’s designed to go fast, the 1999 Lotus Elise Series 1, and the 1970 Porsche 914/6 – a classic made in conjunction with Volkswagen.
The Series 7 Update for Forza Horizon 4 also introduces 18 new Xbox Live Achievements worth a total of 500 Gamerscore. These are all unlockable on the mainland and don’t require the Fortune Island expansion. This is a neat way for Playground Games to reward players who continue to play the game and have been specifically made for completionists. In addition to new Achievements for the 3 Horizon Stories added post-release – British Racing Green, Isha’s Taxis and Skill Streak, there’s also ones for completing seasonal content within Festival Playlist, as well as for partaking in Ranked Free-for-All Adventure. Whilst some of these Achievements are available to obtain today, the rest will be coming next week with the Series 7 Update for Forza Horizon 4.
Finally, this release also includes several bug fixes and small improvements for the game. This includes a fix for a credit exploit when switching race type during Blueprint creation, as well as an Achievement exploit for the Fortune Island finale races. Mixer viewers will also be no longer able to farm Influence from idle streamers. Playground Games has also enabled the Forza Horizon 4 Car Pass to now work whilst offline, and an issue with applying various accessories in Character Customization has also been addressed. However, the promised adjustment to wall-riding in competitive races has been pushed back due a last-minute issue discovered by the team. As noted on the livestream, if you were doing a jump, such as in cross-country events, it would cause this new will-riding system to activate – so the team has delayed this alteration until Series 8.
Looking ahead to Series 8 and beyond, the developer revealed some exciting changes in the works for its Online Adventure system with two new ways to play. Firstly, there’s a brand-new Drift Adventure mode that will focus exclusively on the art of sliding sideways. These have been inspired by the drift race events available today in Forza Motorsport 7 where you win by simply being the best drifter and racking up the most points of anyone in the lobby. Playground has been testing the new mode in the office and believes it offers a “super-fun” experience with so many cars working well with the mode, including the new RTR Mustangs that will be unlockable in Festival Playlist throughout Series 7.
Whilst the new Drift Adventure mode is slated for a Series 8 release, the Custom Adventure experience is targeting a return to Forza Horizon 4 in Series 9. This mode will offer significantly more choice for the types of events you wish to partake in over the current options available today in the game. In Forza Horizon 3, the feature offered 18 different variables with class and collision options. Whilst this is coming back, the team has also updated it with backend options that will be toggled on and off as they see fit, based on which custom selections are being chosen the most by players. Custom Adventure in Forza Horizon 4 will also include options for racing without the controversial Freeroam Rush mode, based on feedback from the community. Lookout for these additions to the Online Adventure experience to begin arriving with the Series 8 Update, due to arrive in April.
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