Forza Horizon 4 'real life vs in-game' video appears to rule out London
A new video has been published by gaming website IGN that shows how elements of Forza Horizon 4 compare with the real-life thing, bringing with it some good and bad news.
The good news is that it appears Edinburgh will take care of urban driving, which is no bad thing as it is one of Britain's prettiest cities, blessed with historic buildings, cobbled streets older than America and that famous hill in the middle.
This, of course, means those wanting to relive Project Gotham's London backdrop (London Eye and all) will be sorely disappointed. In fact, the video makes it seem like Forza Horizon 4 will be an unrealistic mish-mash of England and Scotland.
To be fair, mapping the entire UK would have been a bit of a stretch and you will be able to blast past the likes of the Chesterton Windmill in Warwickshire, Edinburgh Castle (you can actually buy it) and the Cotswolds, where a lot of new car launches take place.
Though it seems odd for London not to be the centre of Forza Horizon 4, remember that previous Horizon games avoided using the most obvious city for each country. There was, for example, no Denver in Colarado.
Having played the Forza Horizon 4 preview, which features the mighty (and brilliant to drive) McLaren Senna, our biggest criticism was that, despite being a very pretty game, it felt like it under-represented its location
But then the preview was short and was clearly designed as more of a demo for the new seasons feature, which – if the winter off-road truck is anything to go by – will serve up challenging driving situations and a dose of variety.
Character customisation has also been revealed as a big thing, plus you will be able to operate businesses such as a taxi firm or be a stunt driver, all of which should add to the longevity.
With Forza Horizon 4's 2nd of October, 2018, release date not that far away, undoubtedly we will be seeing more and more teaser details. Suffice to say, we will be putting it through its paces as soon as possible. Senna and all.