Forza Horizon 4 will feature the same Horizon Festival atmosphere
you know and love, where you can participate in curated, customizable festival
races to become a Horizon Superstar. However, that isn’t the only way to rise
to the top of stardom in beautiful, historic Britain. In fact, the team at Playground
Games have introduced new open-world activities to the game in the form of
As revealed by Destructoid
– who attended a behind-closed-doors demo of Forza Horizon 4 with Playground
Games’ Art Director Ben Penrose, these Horizon Stories are a series of optional
side-jobs, and one of them involves taking customers around the different towns,
cities and landmarks of Great Britain. This means for the first time in the
history of the series, your cars can have a passenger in them – providing they aren’t
one-seated vehicles, of course.
These narrative-based gameplay scenarios will see you
meeting and engaging with quirky, memorable and colourful characters that are centered
around certain activities. As well as having to buy a house to live in, you’ll
also have the chance to own businesses, and one of these comes in the form of a
taxi company, which leads to Crazy Taxi-inspired missions using the classic Austin
FX4 London Taxi.
“One of the things that's brand new is that we've added a
feature called Horizon Stories,” Penrose told Destructoid.
“They're really cool little bite-sized pieces of narrative-based gameplay that
will center around certain activities involved in you owning businesses,
interacting with certain people.”
“For example, one of them you'll have a chance to own a taxi
company,” he continued. “However, driving a taxi in the real-world is very
different from the sort of action in Horizon games, so you can kind of imagine
how that ends up. There are a whole bunch of different things like that.
There's one where you'll also be able to be a stunt driver.”
Forza Horizon 4’s unique story-based mode also associates
itself with other racing games in its various narrative-based scenarios, and as
mentioned already, one of those is based on the popular classic racing game, Crazy
Taxi. Whilst no further details were provided, with Playground Games naturally
wanting to keep as many of these Horizon Stories under-wraps as surprises for
fans until launch, we do know other side-jobs will see you taking on the role
of a stunt driver on a popular automotive magazine show and helping with a car documentary
shoot, based from a comment on Playground’s Creative Director Ralph Fulton in
an IGN interview from E3 2018.
Meanwhile, purchasable properties in Forza Horizon 4 will
range from a little cottage in the Cotswolds of South England to the extravagant
Edinburgh Castle. You can leave your ride parked outside your house, which is
where you can also explore it in immense detail using Forzavista. Here you can get
up, close and personal with your favourite cars. You can also tune, upgrade and
paint your vehicles from your property – and all these different features, as
well as photography and Mixer livestreams, will allow you to further progress
in Forza Horizon 4. The game rewards you based on how you want to play so you
can live the ‘Horizon Life’ of your dreams.
Forza Horizon 4 will be available
on October 2nd, 2018 for Xbox One, Windows 10 PC and Xbox
Game Pass. The Ultimate
Edition, which is now available to pre-order worldwide, includes access to a revamped
Car Pass, the VIP Membership with bonus Car Packs – including one themed around
Formula Drift, as well as two post-launch expansions, which will take players
to all-new locations whilst introducing new cars, features and events to enjoy.
For more on Forza Horizon 4, don’t miss our deep look at how its seasonal-based
gameplay changes everything.
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