The penultimate week of Series 5 in Forza Horizon 4 has
arrived and with it, Britain has turned into a Winter Wonderland for the next
seven days – topped with new cars, seasonal challenges and snowy events to
compliment the arrival of these chilling conditions. Moreover, the Derwent
Water has frozen over this week to deliver some slippery fun. It’s also where
you’ll find a drag strip that’s exclusive to this perilous season.
Forza Horizon 4’s weekly seasonal changes are designed to
allow players to always have something new to discover with each passing week
in both beautiful,
historic Britain and the standalone Fortune
Island experience. As a reminder, the seasonal change in Forza Horizon 4
occurs every Thursday at 2:30pm GMT (9:30am EST, 6:30am PST) – with next week
seeing the arrival of Spring and introducing a fresh, crisp atmosphere into the
Below, we’ll have a look at everything that’s new to
discover this week in Forza Horizon 4. From new types of Seasonal Championships
to unmissable new cars, this is your ultimate guide to everything new in
Horizon Life this Winter!
Following in the footsteps of the recent Summer and Autumn
Seasonal Championships, the slate of Winter experiences in Forza Horizon 4 will
have you enjoying a mixture of both community-created events and the usual
line-up of curated festival races.
Up first, we have the ‘Winter Community Championship,’
featuring a line-up of race events that have been made using the built-in Route
Creator. These events have been handpicked by developer Playground Games
and offer the White Modern Race Helmet
to compliment all the recent Race Suits added to Forza Horizon 4 throughout
Series 5. After that, there’s the ‘Snow Bowlers’ Championship that sees you
behind-the-wheel of the 2012 Bowler EXR S to win a 2017 Maserati Levante S – the latest exclusive car to arrive into
the game, and one that was first introduced to the Forza franchise with the
release of the K1 Speed
Car Pack for Forza
Motorsport 7 last April.
The Trial is also back in Forza Horizon 4 this week and this
one is all about Halo! It’s called “Hoo-Rah!” and it’ll see you driving Master
Chief’s beloved Halo Warthog as you cooperate with 5 other drivers to take on a
team of Drivatars set to Unbeatable difficulty. Successfully beat the Trial and
you’ll unlock the “Somebody ordered a
Warthog?” catchphrase for Quick Chat.
Elsewhere, the ‘Naughty but Nice’ Seasonal Championship sees
you competing in a dirt-focused series allowing you to earn bonus credits, wheelspins
and the supercar masterpiece that is the 2008
Lamborghini Reventón. There’s also
this week’s Seasonal PR Stunt, which shines the spotlight on the Broadway
Windmill Danger Sign by the English Cotswolds with a designated jump target of
1,499.3-feet. Beating the challenges offered by Seasonal PR Stunts will grant
you a bonus Wheelspin or Super Wheelspin.
The Winter seasonal fun doesn’t stop on the mainland as
Fortune Island has three additional Seasonal Championships for players to check
out, including series for asphalt, dirt and cross-country racing. ‘Rally
Skildar’ sees you in B Class Modern Rally Cars against the island’s harshest
weather conditions, ‘Lowland Tour’ sees you in B Class Hot Hatches as you avoid
sliding off the road into snow-filled ditches, whilst ‘Causing A Stir’ challenges
you to battle your opponents in B Class Off-road Vehicles.
Fortune Island also has two new Seasonal PR Stunts available
to complete this week. The Viking Bay Trailblazer Gate challenges you to reach your
destination with 38 seconds or more left on the clock. Meanwhile, the Storm Cove
Danger Sign requires you to jump at least 492.1-feet using the vehicle of your
choice. 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 celebrates historic rally
machines as you get behind-the-wheel of your favourite Retro Rally car in ‘Fond Memories.’ You’ll need to successfully earn
5 Airborne Pass skills during race events, followed by 5 Lucky Escape Skills. Rounding
off this weekly event is a 3-star PR Stunt challenge, in which you’ll need an
average speed of at least 95mph at the Derwent Water Speed Zone.
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
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 2013 Bentley
Continental GT Forza Edition for 450 Forzathon Points and the 2006 Hummer H1 Alpha for a costly 600
Forzathon Points. It’s worth noting both cars were previously only acquirable
from the Auction House or Wheelspins. You’ll also find the Ski Hat and Snow Boots Legendary
Clothing items available for purchase from the Forzathon Shop this week.
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
This week’s Car Pass additions include two iconic classics
of motoring heritage from the 1960s, including the 1966 Hillman Imp and the 1963
Opel Kadett A – both of which are ready to dominate the British racing
scene 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 Winter season this week in both Forza Horizon
4’s Britain and Fortune Island until Thursday, February 7th. This is when the
next seasonal change will occur in Forza Horizon 4 as we welcome the arrival of
Spring and its slate of fresh events, challenges and cars. In the meantime, if
you missed out on collecting the Winter
Barn Find, it’s available to acquire once again over the next seven days on
an island in the middle of the frozen-over Derwent Water. You can see why it’s
exclusive to this time of year. Find it and you’ll unlock a classic British
automobile in the 1970 Range Rover,
which will be repaired and added to your Forza Horizon 4 garage once its ready.
Furthermore, you can also discover the new experiences
featured in the Series 5 Update for Forza Horizon 4, which includes the return
of Mitsubishi – as discussed above in relation to this week’s Forzathon
challenge, 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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