Series 5 has officially arrived into Forza Horizon 4 with the
return of the Summer season! New challenges, events and more await players in beautiful,
historic Britain – including the arrival of the latest flagship supercar to
debut exclusively in the Forza franchise, the 2019 Porsche Carrera S. As part
of Microsoft’s ongoing six-year,
multi-project partnership with the German automaker, the most
technically-advanced and high-powered 992 is available today to race and power-slide
around the British countryside, exclusively to Forza
Horizon 4 Car Pass holders.
With the arrival of Summer, the sun is shining bright with
clear blue skies as far as the eye can see. Trees and shrubbery have matured as
green fields cover the British landscape. It’s Britain at its finest, and the
Summer season is here for both the mainland and Fortune Island – so take
advantage of the good weather whilst you can as it’ll only be here for a week!
As a reminder, the seasonal
change in Forza Horizon 4 occurs every Thursday at 2:30pm GMT. That’s
9:30am EST and 6:30am PST.
Below, we’ll have a look at everything that’s new to
discover this week in both beautiful, historic Britain and the Fortune Island
expansion. From new types of Seasonal Championships to unmissable new cars,
this is your ultimate guide to everything new in Horizon Life this Summer!
This week’s Seasonal Championships are quite different to
the norm. Instead of the usual slate of circuit and sprint races, developer Playground
Games has begun spotlighting community-created events made using the Route
Creator in their own dedicated Seasonal Championship – with different courses
being showcased each week. There’s also a brand-new Drag Racing Seasonal
Championship too, which is all about that horsepower, launch control and straight-line
speed across the finish line!
First up is the Summer Community Championship, featuring
routes handpicked from the community with the Alien Morph Suit outfit available to unlock. Up next with tailor-made
rally events is the Three Diamonds Seasonal Championship, featuring the Red Modern Race Suit. But if that wasn’t
enough to get you excited, then winning the first Drag Racing Seasonal
Championship at the Horizon Festival in PvP will earn you the 2017 Hot Wheels Rip Rod!
There’s also the Trial event, which tasks you to team up
with 5 other drivers to take on a team of Drivatars set to Unbeatable
difficulty – with this week’s prize being the Modern Race Helmet Black variant! Furthermore, this week’s Seasonal
PR Stunt features the Royal Botanic Gardens Speed Trap in Edinburgh, which tasks
players to set a speed of at least 175mph. Beating the challenges offered by
Seasonal PR Stunts will grant you a bonus Wheelspin or Super Wheelspin.
Meanwhile, Fortune Island has three of its own Seasonal
Championships for players to check out this week, including series for asphalt,
dirt and cross-country racing. The ‘Fortune Teller’ Seasonal Championship will
see you racing A Class Retro Sportscars across Fortune Island’s paved roads
under the sunshine. ‘Ride the Storm’ will see you in an A Class Offroad Buggy
blasting around the most demanding of Cross-Country circuits on Fortune Island.
Finally, the ‘Headland Rally’ will see you head onto dirt trails across the
treacherous north coast of the island in B Class Classic Muscle cars.
There’s also two Seasonal PR Stunts available this week on
Fortune Island. The Festival’s Apex Speed Zone tasks you blitz through it at 155mph,
whilst the Fenholm Ruin’s Leap Danger Sign requires a jump of at last
918.6-feet. Completing Fortune Island Seasonal Championships and PR Stunts will
see you earn additional Wheelspins that can unlock a variety of unique items,
including bonus credits, rare cars, vehicle horns and clothing. Fortune Island
will continue to receive an assortment of dedicated Seasonal Championships and PR
Stunts every Thursday to accompany the mainland season change and these will
always remain exclusive to owners of the expansion.
This week’s Forzathon event sees players behind-the-wheel of
their favourite Modern Rally car,
which includes the collection of Mitsubishi cars added to Forza Horizon 4 this
week. Whichever ride you end up choosing, you’ll need to push it up to 185mph
before earning a total of 15 stars from Danger Signs using it and achieving a
podium finish in ‘The Gauntlet’ goliath-style dirt event.
Complete the weekly Forzathon event and you’ll earn yourself
100 Forzathon Points – or double if you own the Forza Horizon 4 VIP Membership
or the Lake Lodge home. Weekly Forzathon events always centre around a specific
car type, model or manufacturer, and allow you to try out the diverse roster of
the more than 450 Forzavista cars available in the game.
Additional Forzathon Points can be earned by completing daily challenges and
participating in the shared Forzathon Live events, which occur every hour in
the shared world. Forzathon Points can be spent in the Forzathon Shop, which
offers a rotating stock of rare cars, clothing items and wheelspins.
Every week, the Forzathon Shop replenishes its stock of
exclusive cars and clothing items, and this week is no different. In terms of
cars, we have the 2016 Aston Martin
Vulcan Forza Edition available to unlock for 400 Forzathon Points and the 2013 Cadillac XTS Limousine priced at a
costly 500 Forzathon Points. Meanwhile, there’s also Shark Wellies and the Ice
Cream Van Horn should you desire to personalize your character and ride
that bit more.
These latest additions are accompanied by the usual
Wheelspin and Super Wheelspin offerings, should you wish to test your luck in
the hopes of winning some exciting new wheels, clothes or credit bonuses in
exchange for those elusive Forzathon Points.
Forza Horizon 4 expands its offering of automobiles with the
latest batch of rides available for Car Pass holders. For those unaware, the Forza Horizon 4 Car Pass introduces two new cars every week
for players to drive across beautiful, historic Britain – an initiative that
lasts for a period of 21 weeks to deliver a total of 42 brand-new cars into the
game. This week’s Car Pass additions kick off Series 5 of Forza Horizon 4
content and include a pair of legendary automobiles from one of the most iconic
and respected manufacturers in the automotive industry – Porsche.
The newly-added rides from the acclaimed German automaker
include the 2019 Porsche Carrera S and the 1993 Porsche 968 Turbo S –
both of which are ready to be collected, customized and raced alongside the
British backdrop in Forza Horizon 4. Remember, these rides are available to add
to your in-game garage today at no additional cost if you own the Forza Horizon
4 Car Pass, included in both the Deluxe Edition and Ultimate Edition of the game. The Forza Horizon 4 Car Pass
can also be acquired separately and is discounted for Xbox Game Pass subscribers.
Experience the Summer season this week in both Forza Horizon
4’s Britain and Fortune Island until Thursday, January 24th. This is when
another seasonal change will occur in Forza Horizon 4 as we welcome the arrival
of Autumn and its slate of fresh events, challenges and cars. In the meantime,
if you didn’t unlock the Summer Barn Find already, then be sure to find it over
the next seven days. This one is a beloved fan-favourite in the 1962 Peel P50
and it can be found in the middle of a forest below the Uffington White Horse
towards the town of Ashbrook.
You can also discover the new experiences featured in the
Series 5 Update for Forza Horizon 4, which includes the return of Mitsubishi
and a new Horizon
Story in Isha’s Taxis. There’s also the arrival of the solo-inspired ‘Free-for-All
Adventure’ mode, as well as a host of smaller improvements and tweaks that
result in an all-around better Forza Horizon 4 experience. Be sure to read our
full breakdown of everything featured in the Series
5 Update for all the details you need to know.
Forza Horizon 4 is available on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC,
as well as the Xbox Game Pass subscription service. For more, check out our
interviews with Creative Director Ralph Fulton and Xbox Games Marketing boss Aaron Greenberg, in which we
discuss Forza Horizon 4’s extensive post-launch support and its incredible
launch celebration event at the tranquil grounds of the prestigious Goodwood Estate in beautiful Britain. Haven’t played Forza
Horizon 4 yet? Then be sure to hit up our in-depth review for everything you need to know on
Playground’s unmissable shared open-world racing game, as well our detailed review for the Fortune Island expansion.
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