Forza Horizon 2 rumours bring the kudos

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I’m not great at racing games. Oh hell, who am I kidding? I’ve seen orangutans behind the wheels of cars that were doing a better job than me until my inner jackass shouted “BANG CLYDE!” just so that I could watch the car wreck. But as far as racing games go, I loved me some Forza Horizon. And the rumour mill is pointing to a sequel on the way.

A Facebook post from Ultima Sports popped up on the weekend, stating that the company had extended its relationship with Microsoft for a brand new racing game. The post was of course removed, but not before Worlds Factory took a screenshot or two.

According to the post, Ultimae Sports was involved with both Forza 4 and Forza 5, over a deal to include their vehicles in those games. The new deal with Microsoft, will see their cars in a “new video game to be launched later in 2014?.

Need more proof? Last year, a vehicle technical artist at Playground Games noted that he was working on an “undisclosed next-gen Forza project”. And this was after the time that Forza 5 had gone public with the announcements on Xbox One.

I’d dig to see Forza Horizon return. It was essentially Project Gotham Racing with a shinier paint job, but it was beyond fun and perfect for gamers who set Top Gear laps in times that would make Jeremy Clarkson laugh himself to death.

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And with Microsoft wanting to release a Forza game once a year, it could also be the perfect title for the Xbox One. On one hand, you’ve got technical racing in the core Forza Motorsport series, while Horizon bridges that gap to allow more causal racers to have some fun.

If you haven’t taken Forza Horizon out for a spin, I recommend you do. It’s a celebration of car culture that puts excitement and cool wall points ahead of realistic physics and authentic weather effects. And there ain’t nothing wrong with that idea at all.

Last Updated: January 20, 2014

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  • Gareth L (That Guy)

    So no more Forza titles for Xbox 360? Balls. 🙁

  • Nick de Bruyne

    Its strange, I’m such a huge Forza fan, and while I enjoyed Horizon I got tired of it and didn’t even finish it in the end. I think the major issue is that once you are used to (and really enjoy) the finer elements of a more realistic handling system, then this watered down easier driving system gets a little… I dunno, tired. I find that I would rather have sim physics/challenge to deal with OR crazy-full-drift-arcade action, rather than have something that sits oddly in the middle.

    All I really want is for Horizon to get a ‘sim’ difficulty mode added or something of the like, that would really change the whole game for me and many other fans. I don’t see why they can’t do it, keep the game as you like, just add a hardcore mode. Pretty please Microsoft.

    • Gareth L (That Guy)

      You’re spot-on Nick, if Horizon had the more difficult handling and sim features as an option it would’ve been incredible.

    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      A sim with open-world! Who doesn’t love open-world racing? Tracks feel too limited after tasting the open road..

      • Nick de Bruyne

        The point is, if you’re a fan of spending your time perfecting the perfect apex and balance through a corner while dealing with the characteristics of a track, it’s actually a very different game that you’re enjoying compared to a game where its more about navigating open roads and traffic. I think that with the added challenge of more realistic physics, the races would be really intense.

        • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

          100% agreed! I crave to perfect a corner ad-hoc while dealing with traffic. Not purist, but a great challenge 🙂

    • Acornbread

      Good point. While I love Forza Motorsport and Horizon equally (different experiences), proper sim handling in Horizon would make the game that much more enjoyable. If not that, then at least a damage model with actual consequences. Also, weather. 😀

  • TiMsTeR1033

    I wanted to get Forza Horizon but I want the open world with the realism…

    • Acornbread

      There is realism in Horizon’s handling, it’s just… very buffered. You can ‘feel’ it’s Forza but it’s far more forgiving than Motorsport. I personally feel they really hit the sweet spot between arcade and sim. As someone who prefers sims but also occasionally enjoys arcade racers, it’s mad fun. It’s the game that Need for Speed has tried to be. At least check out the demo (and turn off ALL the assists), you may be pleasantly surprised.

  • Unavengedavo

    The only games car game that I was good at was Destruction Derby. But that was only because the whole point of the game was to bash into things…

    • TiMsTeR1033

      Destruction Derby was a good game when it came out!

  • CypherGate

    I wasnt a fan much of Forza Horizon. Reminds me way too much of DIRT2? the colour pallette especially. It looked too samey and felt like i was playing another version of DIRT2.

    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      Some codemasters devs were on the team

      • CypherGate

        why am i not surprised

  • Corrie Botha

    I actually bought an xbox for Horizon after seeing a trailer off NAG (also with the ps4 was announced days earlier), got the game a month later and still love the atmosphere to this day , although I’m not tempted on a XBone just yet, wanna go back to my ps days

  • FoxOneZA

    Horizon is a brilliant game. It has kept me away from NFS ever since.

    I wouldn’t want any “SIM-ish” features in a game that blurs the line perfectly between Arcade and SIM.

  • im2fast4u

    I really wanted to like horizon but I dont think forzas physics translated well to the drop to 30fps, the steering felt delayed and the lack of force feedback that forza 4 had made it feel even more numb and disconnected. Then theres the fact that it was pretty boring, racing around the “tracks” wasnt as good as forza 4, it wasnt open world like test drive but open road which means theres barriers everywhere and finally free roam was missing cops like need for speeds. I cant see this game selling well when a game like “The Crew” is coming out which is open world with a map that takes about 2.5 hours to go from one side to the other. What exactly will be theyre selling point for this game.

  • Brian Murphy

    “If you haven’t taken Forza Horizon out for a spin, I recommend you do. It’s a celebration of car culture that puts excitement and cool wall points ahead of realistic physics and authentic weather effects. And there ain’t nothing wrong with that idea at all.”

    Meh, I disagree, I mean, it’s great that Forza has found it’s following and it’s…relatively popular. But let’s face it, more people like the realistic physics and weather effects. Sales don’t lie.

  • Jm

    horizon sucks you discredited yourself.

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