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Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox One: Dynamic weather, 'we don’t have to fake anything'

Ready for Forza Horizon 2?
Ready for Forza Horizon 2?
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The Xbox One is providing developers with plenty of new opportunities and solutions to bring worlds more alive than ever before. Playground Games has implemented a new dynamic weather system in Forza Horizon 2 and fans will notice just how organic and natural the world is.

Seeing rainbows that are organically generated and seeing blue skies that are truly real, are part of what Playground Games is able to do with the power of the Xbox One. Forza Horizon 2's Creative Director Ralph Fulton talked about the new possibilities that come with a dynamic weather system.

"Weather effects include summer rain storms that bring even more diversity and beauty to the world, in addition to new driving gameplay challenge. Bringing dynamic weather to the Xbox One means we don’t have to 'fake' anything. We can build our weather system with an emphasis on simulation.

"Our sky isn’t blue in our game because we painted it that color, it’s blue because that’s the way light separates in the air when it interacts with water particles; it’s why the sky is blue in real life.

"If conditions are right, we can simulate mathematically accurate rainbows in our world, creating these stunning moments of incredible natural beauty. Dynamic weather means we also were able to include working windshield wipers in every car in the game," Fulton said.

The technology in new consoles like the Xbox One are enabling developers to build worlds we've never seen before, and Forza Horizon 2's European world is a fine example of that. Playground Games is building a world that is far bigger than the original Forza Horizon setting we saw in the first installment of the game.

Xbox One has a major fall ahead, starting with Forza Horizon 2. Other Xbox One exclusives to come are games like Sunset Overdrive and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Forza Horizon 2 is available exclusively on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 on Sept. 30th.

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