Playground Games struck gold with the Forza Horizon series, and the third entry remains one of the finest racers on Xbox One. With Forza Motorsport 7 launching last year, it’s expected that Forza Horizon 4 will get a 2018 release date.
Rumours have already begun surfacing about the game, suggesting an E3 2018 reveal is highly likely. Trusted Reviews has compiled the latest news alongside all the announcements, trailers and more.
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What is Forza Horizon 4?
While yet to be officially announced by Microsoft or Playground Games, rumours have already begun circulating about the open-world racer. Horizon 4 was recently rated by the Brazilian Ratings Board for Xbox One and PC, although the listing has since been removed.
If Horizon 4 follows in the footsteps of its predecessors it’ll be an open-world arcade racer with a focus on exploration, tournaments and seamless online multiplayer. Whatever it is, we’re sure it’ll take full advantage of Xbox One X.
Forza Horizon 4 release date – when is it coming out?
There is currently no indication of a Forza Horizon 4 release date. It’s highly expected that we’ll get a reveal and release date at E3, so we don’t have long to wait to find out when we’ll be playing the game.
Based on previous launches of all other Forza games, a September launch is highly likely.
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Forza Horizon 4 wishlist – what we’d love to see
Horizon goes to Japan!
Each entry in the Horizon series has taken us to a different continent. Europe, Oceania and the United States have already been covered with some stunning locales. Knowing this, we’d love to see Horizon 4 make the jump to an Asian setting. Perhaps Tokyo, Japan or somewhere else across The Land of the Rising Sun.
There is immense potential for variety here with tracks ranging from wide-open country fields to a neon-lit metropolis filled with towering skyscrapers and busy streets. We’d just need to be careful not to hit anybody. Singapore, Hong Kong and Seoul also spring to mind as great locations.
More vehicle classes
Horizon 3 already upped the stakes when it came to vehicle variety and customisation, now it’s time for its successor to absolutely blow things out of the water. We want to see quad bikes, motocross, boats and more. These could all be catered to with specific events and tournaments alongside a detailed class of vehicles to unlock alongside them.
As enjoyable as it was, previous Horizon titles were relatively flat when it came to terrain. You had long stretches of motorway combined with boundless fields perfect for off-road shenanigans. Once you’d mastered how each of these worked with different vehicles the level of challenge, at least for us, was reduced quite a bit.
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Decreased flat terrain and a more unpredictable range of track designs would not only make things more fun, but compliment the greater variety of vehicles we mentioned earlier. Precarious ramps and deadly drops would force players to adopt a driving strategy they might have never imagined before. Also if we were in the metropolis of Tokyo, drifting through the innards of a skyscraper could be amazing.
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A track designer
Gamers have proven they are absolutely brimming with creativity in the past. Whether it be a full-blown simulator or a primitive kart racer, creation tools have been put to brilliant use so many times we’ve lost count. Now, imagine something like this inside the Forza Horizon framework.
You could craft unique events and tournaments curated for a small group of friends or broadcast your creations to the entire gaming world. A method of earning bonus vehicles or in-game credits if your tracks happen to garner popularity would be another awesome touch.
Let’s get tricky
Tricks are gnarly as heck, and they’d be perfectly suited to Forza Horizon 4 if implemented correctly. Achievements such as drifting or breaking speed records are already monitored as you drive in past Horizon titles, but we’d love to see these used to a further degree in their own special modes.
Using motocross bikes and quad bikes to gain big air and execute badass flips to the shock of spectators would not only be hugely satisfying to pull-off, but also give players a much greater range of tools to play with in the open-world racer. Sprinkling a bit of that Trials magic in the brilliance of Forza could be a match made in heaven.
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