The Forza Horizon 4 Series 9 Update arrives on Tuesday, May 5th, developer Playground Games revealed on its latest in-studio livestream broadcasted from Leamington Spa, UK. This latest release for the British developer's critically-acclaimed shared open-world racing game is now available for download on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.
Headlining the Series 9 Update for Forza Horizon 4 is the arrival of the 2018 Apollo Intensa Emozione, which will be available to earn at the end of the series exclusively from The Trial event this Spring in the Festival Playlist. This hotly-anticipated automobile can only be described as bold, beautiful and distinctive. It’s also incredibly fast and versatile, boasting a unique design approach with meticulous curves all over its bodywork. The downforce provided by its vast spoiler allows drivers to keep up the speed when blasting around corners at 205mph.
Accompanying the Apollo is a series of unique, quirky vehicles from Mini, including the latest 2018 Mini John Cooper Works Convertible available to win in the upcoming Summer Specials event, the 2018 Mini JCW Countryman All4 earnable for 50% completion in the Winter Festival Playlist, the large, yet versatile 2018 Mini X-Raid JCW Buggy unlockable in the Winter Wonders Championship, and finally, the 1965 Morris Mini-Traveller which can be unlocked in the Summer Festival Playlist with 50% completion. Also up for grabs this series is the 2008 Maserati MC12 Corsa, which is featured in this month's Community Rivals event and unlocked in the Autumn Festival Playlist with 50% completion, alongside the 1970 Buick GSX, which is earned in the Spring Festival Playlist with the typical 50% completion prerequisite.
These exclusive cars arrive alongside another opportunity to earn the Final Fantasy XV Quartz Regalia and the Hot Wheels Bone Shaker. Elsewhere, the elusive 2012 Mini John Cooper Works will be unlockable during the Autumn Trial event. There’s also a new 80s-themed Showcase Remix event this Summer featuring the classic Lamborghini Countach against a jet-black variant of the Delta Wing. In this event, players experience the ultimate 80s supercar with a backdrop of the Horizon Festival lightshow, accompanied by a totally tubular synthpop soundtrack.
But it’s not all about new cars either. This month’s update for Forza Horizon 4 also features the introduction of Custom Adventure with a new anti-griefing system to boot, alongside a fresh new Horizon Story that comes with its own dedicated business that will provide you with regular credit bonuses. Custom Adventure features its own dedicated tile in Quickplay Adventure, which is an upgraded version of the feature from Forza Horizon 3. This one allows you to curate your own custom events featuring togglable options for Racing Series, Car Class, Freeroam Rush and Collisions. The series to choose from include Asphalt, Dirt, Cross Country and Street Racing with B, A, S1, S2 classes available to race. As of now, Custom Adventure only supports unranked play.
Meanwhile, the anti-griefing system being deployed across all variations of Online Adventure will dynamically ghost players who are attempting to purposely collide into other drivers whilst handing out a slow-down penalty for those using wall barriers to gain an unfair advantage. This new system detects how much lateral force is created when colliding with the wall and how much it will help you when colliding, providing the player with a brief slowdown and temporarily ghosting their vehicle. In terms of collisions, the fastest car will be ghosted, as that’s the one expected to create the most chaos in a collision. Furthermore, if someone is pushed into a wall, they won’t receive a wall-riding penalty. The game detects this as well, so if a player is pushed into a wall, their car is also ghosted so they can easily get away from the incident without losing too much time.
The latest Horizon Story available in Forza Horizon 4 is called Car Files. Featuring 10 Chapters to complete, this latest business-driven story is integrated into the Festival Playlist in Series 9, which means as you earn stars, they credit your overall percentage – but Playground Games has stressed that you don’t need to earn all of them to unlock all the latest series rewards. The Car Files is all about the wonderful world of car insurance in a bid to help prove (or disprove) a range of peculiar insurance claims. You’ll be working with German automotive consultant Hans Liebold in Bamburgh Village across a series of initiatives that tap into the all the weird and wonderful aspects of cars from the motorized European country. Earning 3 stars on all these won’t be easy, requiring you to think outside of the box to unlock that Crash Test Dummy morph-suit.
Finally, this update also includes some notable bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements for the game. For example, the posters for Horizon Blueprint now show the class with the required PI-range. In addition, if you begin a Seasonal Championship but the difficulty hasn’t been set to earn all the available rewards, the game will now prompt you of this before beginning the event.
Playground Games has also applied a couple of audio fixes, one of which was described as an “elusive bug.” The Koenigsegg Agera RS would get louder and louder whilst shifting gears up, and whilst the team couldn’t immediately reproduce it internally, the developer stuck at it, found what caused it and have now successfully fixed it. Furthermore, the engine sound on the Hoonitruck has been updated with the correct variation, whilst Private Adventure in Convoys has also received a fix.
That’s everything featured in the Forza Horizon 4 Series 9 Update. Lookout for it to be available later this week on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Whether it’s the 2018 Apollo Intensa Emozione that has caught your eye, the all-new Custom Adventure mode with anti-griefing measures implemented, or perhaps the fresh Car Files Horizon Story, this is undoubtedly of the most well-rounded updates yet for Playground's critically-acclaimed shared open-world racer – officially dubbed as the “Best British Game” at the 2019 BAFTA Game Awards.
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