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Microsoft Announces Forza Horizon 2 for Fall 2014

by Eric Frederiksen | June 3, 2014June 3, 2014 6:00 am PDT


Microsoft has announced Forza Horizon 2, heading to Xbox One and Xbox 360 this fall.

Like the first Forza Horizon, released in 2012, Forza Horizon 2 is in development at Playground Games in collaboration with Forza Motorsport developer Turn 10 Studios.

According to IGN, Horizon 2 will feature hundreds of cars. The headlining car will be the 2015 Lamborghini Huracán. A version of the Drivatar system will make an appearance, though the open world nature of Horizon will certainly require some adjustments coming from Forza Motorsport 5′s track system.

Details are sparse, but a weather system is heading to the game as well, in addition to the variety of driving surfaces introduced in Forza Horizon. For those worried about the game being cross-generational, IGN editor Ryan McCaffrey tweeted that the Xbox 360 version of Forza Horizon 2 is being developed by another studio, while Playground Games is using the Forza Motorsport 5 engine.

The game will be set in southern Europe, as opposed to the first game’s Colorado setting. This will provide, according to Creative Director Ralph Fulton, “incredible diversity” and “amazing vistas.”

For fans of Forza Horizon‘s soundtrack, there’s nothing to worry about. IGN is reporting that one carryover from the original is the music festival setting.

Forza Horizon is one of my favorite racing games in recent memory, so I’m looking forward to seeing what Playground Games can do a second time around.



Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...