Forza Horizon 4 will receive its second major post-release update later this month, but this one will mostly focus on bug fixes and stability improvements. Dubbed the ‘Horizon Service Check,’ the update was revealed by Mike Brown, Principal Game Designer at Playground Games and Brian Ekberg, Turn 10 Studios Community Manager on the latest edition of the Forza Monthly broadcast show.
The main headline of the Horizon Service Check update is to introduce a slew of improvements to Forza Horizon 4 based on feedback from the community. Updates like this will also arrive in the future, but some of the improvements coming later this month include connectivity fixes to make online sessions more alive with less chances of encountering a “dead session” with only a few players present. This is crucial for a shared open-world game like Forza Horizon 4, where meeting and encountering other players is a significant part of the experience. With up to 72-players supported in one session, there’s plenty of space of everyone and all their cars in the shared world of beautiful, historic Britain.
Outside of the improvements to the online experience, Playground Games has also added the ability to skip past the post-race sequences, so you no longer are forced to watch my Drivatar dab repeatedly after he annihilates you in a race. Kidding, of course. He’s probably flossing instead. You’ll also be able to add all available DLC cars to your garage with one button press on the controller, or a keyboard stroke should you be on PC. In addition, other player cars will no longer be ghosted when entering Photo Mode, so you can take far better shots when playing in the shared world with other drivers. There’s also a fix for the locked Barn Find achievement for those completionist hunters, and you can now reset your car in Team Adventure when it flips over after Super GT rams into you.
Team Adventure will see further improvements and refinements to its core design philosophy in the future, Playground’s Mike Brown noted on-stream, adding that the team aren’t too happy with it currently, and neither are players. Its overall design will be revisited moving forward, so you can expect to see future updates to the competitive-inspired team-based mode in the future.
In addition to the service upgrades, there’s also new painting options coming to a number of cars in Forza Horizon 4, allowing players to paint sub-groups more easily. This includes the ability to paint subsections of wheel rims. Playground Games are also introducing 41 new wheel rims to the game from 22 brands with this update, all of which will be found in the Autoshow when upgrading or customizing your ride.
Finally, there’s also the Horizon Racing Cup to look forward to. With a total of 12 Seasonal Championships coming alongside ‘Series 3’ of Forza Horizon 4 content, players can earn up to 3.6 million credits from these events once this update rolls out. Mike Brown says this is a reaction to player feedback on the Seasonal Championships so far, and this should make them more challenging for competitors with a greater prize incentive. For each event, you’ll need to carefully choose and upgrade your car as you compete against Drivatars or other real-world players to win.
Of course, the weekly seasonal changes throughout the end of November and early December will see four new exclusive cars for players to unlock, as well as eight new cars for Car Pass holders. There will also be new Forzathon Shop items, as well as a new monthly Rivals event to set your best time on. All in all, this makes for a well-rounded Forza Horizon 4 update, introducing a slew of improvements with new content for players to enjoy.
The Horizon Service Check will be coming to Forza Horizon 4 in only a few short weeks from now. Once Summer rolls back around towards the end of the third week of November, you can expect the update to drop for all players on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. It might not be as exciting as the Route Creator update, which introduced the ability for players to create their own, unique custom race events and complete a new Horizon Story in ‘British Racing Green,’ but it should result in a far more stable and improved Forza Horizon 4 experience for everyone – and that’s only a good thing.
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