Forza Horizon 4: What to expect

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Any DriveTribe Gaming reader will know Forza Horizon 4 is on the way. But what if you live under a particularly large? Allow us to fill you in on everything, from the release date and differences between each retail version to where the game is based and details of drifting.

We will update the article accordingly as new details emerge. So feel free to bookmark the page and pop back later.

Going sideways is *positively* encouraged

The developer behind Forza Horizon 4, Britain-based Playground Games, knows there are a lot of players who like going sideways. That is why there are various drift-friendly additions, including the Formula Drift Car Pack, which is also coming to Forza 7.

You will have to either buy the fancy Deluxe Edition (more on that later), even fancier Ultimate Edition or pay for the DLC separately to get your 'hoonigan' on.

Where is Forza Horizon 4 based?

In the UK (rain an all), with the picturesque streets of Edinburgh featuring instead of London. You also get the Cotswolds, home to many car launches, as well as the Welsh Valleys, Yorkshire Moors and Lake District.

All areas feature various real-world landmarks to make the random arrangement of places more palatable. In terms of the size of the area, expect what you had in Forza Horizon 3.

What about the Forza Horizon 4 seasons?

The biggest change to Forza Horizon 4 comes in the form of seasons. While Playground Games has been careful to ensure virtually all content is playable regardless of the time of year, there are some instances where it counts.

There is, for example, a barn find located on an island in the middle of a lake. In the summer, this is a no-go unless you happen to find a boat, which is unlikely. But in the winter, the frozen water lets you cruise on over without getting a waterlogged interior.

What versions of Forza Horizon 4 can you pre-order?

To maximise profits, there are three versions of Forza Horizon 4. Standard is the one for people who just want the game, while Deluxe includes two DLC packs for free, one of which is the aforementioned Formula Drift Car Pack, and the Car Pass.

Spending £79.99 (or the equivalent in other countries) on the Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition gets you the Day One Car Pack, VIP membership and access to the game four days earlier than anyone else.

What about *that* Halo event leak?

Just like in Project Gotham Racing 2 (what a game), it appears there is a Halo-themed event. An icon that depicts the Pelican dropships from the iconic Xbox first-person shooter can be seen on the map of the game, suggesting some sort of themed event.

There is also a supposedly leaked screenshot from the game that ended up on Reddit, which shows the Warthog all-terrain vehicle in all of its rugged glory. So Halo fans may find themselves enjoying a touch of nostalgia. Minus Master Chief's cutting sarcasm.

Can I buy a house in Forza Horizon 4?

Your first house is different to this one

You sure can, although you actually can get away without doing so because you get one for free at the start of the game. Here you can take a look at your car in fine-detail and not just inside as before, you can check your car out in daylight conditions on the driveway.

If you get bored of your not-so-humble abode, you can save up and buy elsewhere, including Edinburgh Castle. Yes, you can buy an entire castle. Running a business is going to be an option too, such as a stunt driving company and a taxi firm.

What cars can we expect?

Spoiler alert

Being based in Britain, you can almost certainly expect some British machinery although how much extra over Horizon 3 is unknown. But you can definitely get behind the wheel of the 789bhp McLaren Senna, which is an absolute weapon, in addition to 450+ cars.

When is the Forza Horizon 4 release date?

There are two dates. As previously discussed, the Deluxe Edition means you can play from the 28th of September, 2018. For everyone else, October the 2nd. Pre-ordering can be done at the likes of Game (if you feel like supporting UK high streets) and Amazon.

Is Forza Horizon 4 actually any good?

Illegal number plate for the win

We were given a go at the Senna launch. From what we saw the cars are decent to drive and the sensation of speed is impressive on typically thin British roads. The rally moments were particularly involving with the in-car view.

A few abnormally wide, American-esque moments did detract from the experience, but these are possibly limited to relatively few areas within the game.

Not that we mind too much, because racing around Edinburgh's magnificent old town should be something special, especially with a handling system that saddles arcadey and realistic. Expect the official DriveTribe verdict in the near future.

60fps, yeah?

The winter season looks best in our humble opinion

The Xbox One X will run the game at 60 frames per second, with HDR attempting to improve the picture. On a high-end Samsung, Forza Horizon 4 really is glorious to look at. Sun flare through the trees and individual rain drops hitting the windscreen show an impressive level of detail, while the relative lack of frame-rate drops bodes well.

Anything else worth knowing?

Something for the rally fans

Forza Horizon 2 is currently free to download and will be for the remainder of August, 2018. After that, it is likely to vanish forever (as its predecessors did) so best initiate the download, even if you lack enough storage space. You can always redownload later.