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.
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