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'Forza Horizon 2' on Xbox One: Dev's goal is to 'encourage social relationships'

Ready for Forza Horizon 2?
Ready for Forza Horizon 2?
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In this new age of gaming, developers are constantly emphasizing the social aspects of their games, and Forza Horizon 2 is no different. Forza Horizon 2 will be featuring a world that blurs the line between the single-player and multiplayer experiences, creating a seamless journey for players to enjoy. Microsoft's Xbox One is enabling players to go from the single-player game mode into multiplayer with no wait time.

Playground Games is the studio behind this massive, new and connected world. The team has many, many objectives and goals for Forza Horizon 2, but Ralph Fulton, who is the creative director on Forza Horizon 2, recently detailed the studio's hopes to create a game that brings out a festival-type feel from players.

"Just like festival culture and car cultures are inherently social, we wanted Forza Horizon 2 to feel the same way," Fulton said. "Our goal is to create a game that encourages social relationships, that allows players to play with their friends and make new friends along the way."

Just about every remaining 2014 new-gen racing game will be emphasizing social gameplay in one manner or another, so it's perfectly logical and expected to see the same from Forza Horizon 2. He went on to discuss two specific features that will help players embellish their social experience in Forza Horizon 2, Car Meets and Car Clubs.

"Car Meets can be found throughout Horizon 2’s world, and let you meet up with players, share tips, and essentially hang out with one another. The coolest thing about Car Meets is that I can drive into one from my solo game, meet people just like me, and we can drive out of the Car Meet together into the online game.

"Car Clubs are another great social feature in Horizon 2. Clubs can be as small or as big as you want in the game, up to 1,000 members so you can pool your creativity and skills into a massive Club and challenge the global leaderboards," Fulton said.

Much like The Tower is to Destiny it sounds like Car Meets will be to Forza Horizon 2. A social hub that makes the process of meeting new friends to play with easier, is essential to a game that is specifically hitting the social note with its gameplay. It's a focus Playground Games has been adamant about since they first announced the game a few months back.

Car Clubs seem to be working much like clans to in a game like Call of Duty do. While it doesn't seem like they'll have a really intimate connection or strong involvement with the actual gameplay itself, dressing features like this always seem to serve as nice compliments to a game's overall experience.

Forza Horizon 2 is currently speeding toward a Sept. 30 launch date and it will be exclusively available on the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Stay tuned for more details regarding the game leading up to launch.

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