The second half of 2014 could be known as the season of the racer. Scheduled for release before the end of November are games like Forza Horizon 2, The Crew, DRIVECLUB, F1 2014 and Project CARS. The former is the only Xbox exclusive, however.
This September when Forza Horizon 2 launches, players are going to step into a new open-world driving game like they never have before. Forza Horizon 2 Creative Director Ralph Fulton talked about the benefit he feels his team has gained from working on the Xbox One from the start, as well as how weather will ensure the Forza Horizon 2 driving experience is different every time.
"We have the advantage [of] building [Forza Horizon 2] from the ground up on the Xbox One. We engineered [weather] systems with a real emphasis on realistic simulation. We're not faking anything like you maybe would have on last-gen. Every car handles a different way, every tire combination handles differently as you'd expect.
"[Weather] has a profound effect on the driving experience, so when you combine weather, what time of day, the variety in our roads and our world, you're always getting a very [evolving], interesting driving experience. In addition, what weather does is it changes up the visuals of our world. You could drive on a [track] a hundred times and with time of day, weather conditions like wind, fog and rain, it will be different every time," Fulton said.
Replayability is something we hear about certain games and the latter half of what Fulton was talking about, definitely strikes that cord. Being able to go back to an area of a world you've already raced through, and then have a different experience is impressive. This is just one of the things we expect new consoles like the Xbox One to deliver in new games.
Playground Games is the company behind development on Forza Horizon 2. This will be the second Forza franchise iteration to hit the Xbox One, with Forza Motorsport 5 launching last year. Forza Horizon 2 will be available on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 on Sept. 30.