Players can now download two free Porsche cars for their collections in Forza Horizon 2. Microsoft is giving everyone the chance to own the 2012 Porsche 911 GT2 RS and the 2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo via the Forza Hub app on the Xbox One. Although the two cars in the Porsche Bonus Pack are meant to entice racers to purchase the recently released Porsche Expansion for Forza Horizon 2, owners of that DLC may want to grab these free cars anyway since they aren’t part of that pack.
The Porsche Bonus Pack will be available until July 24th, after which it will be “gone for good.”
Fast & Furious isn’t generally what you think of when you play any of the Forza games. Microsoft’s serious sim racer generally has a brightly-lit (some say bland) aesthetic that doesn’t mesh well with the neon high-five street hustling action movie series. Need for Speed is probably the closest game to Fast & Furious, but they’ve got their own movie. Despite Forza’s obvious disconnect to blockbuster popcorn movies, Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is on its way. It’s a standalone game coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 on March 27th meant to tie-in with the release of the Fast & Furious 7 movie. Grab it before April 10th and it will be free. Past that date, it will cost $10 to experience the melding of bland and boom.
What is it with islands and open world driving? Something about cruising next to the boardwalk and blazing around mountain roads seems to hit the racing sweet spot. Forza Horizon 2 suggests that racing up and down a sunny beach is old news, so the upcoming Storm Island add-on invites players to go all Colin McRae on the wilderness in a monsoon downpour. Take that, palm trees! The DLC promises 6 new vehicles, a new barn find, and 80 new events spread across an all-new island area. Events will take advantage of “extreme” weather conditions, which going by the trailer is a lot of rain.
The Storm Island expansion for Forza Horizon 2 launches tomorrow for $20 by itself, but Forza VIP members can purchase it for only $10.
Forza Horizon 2 on the Xbox One and on the Xbox 360 will be “different games” according to developer Playground Games. Creative director Ralph Fulton told DigitalSpy that the version of the open-world racer being produced for the Xbox 360 by Sumo Digital will not offer the same experience as the Xbox One title. For example, the Xbox One version integrates technology from Turn 10’s Forza Motorsport 5 like the cloud-based “Drivatar” AI system, and includes a new weather feature, while the Xbox 360 version is based on the older Forza Horizon codebase and will lack both upgrades.
“It’s based in the same world, it’s based on the same themes. Rather than thinking of them as the same game on different platforms, they are different games inspired by the same ideas.”
Forza Horizon 2 will launch on September 30th.
Microsoft has announced Forza Horizon 2. According to IGN, the sequel to Forza Horizon moves the open-world racing from Colorado to Southern Europe with a music festival being the catalyst for the racing. Key personnel and technology is being shared between developers Playground Games and Turn 10. A weather system will make it’s debut for the franchise, and the “Drivatar” system from Forza 5 will be used to supply AI-controlled drivers to race against.
Forza Horizon 2 will launch this Fall for Xbox One and Xbox 360.