Forza Motorsport 5 was released alongside the launch of the Xbox One. The game looked and played gorgeously, and now those aspects are being moved over to another title. Forza Horizon 2 was announced shortly before E3, and it has the potential to blow the original out of the water, even with how good that title was. With a Lamborghini on the showcase floor, Microsoft brought this Examiner in for a gameplay demo that showcased the details of Horizon 2 and how it plays.
The setting for Horizon 2 will focus on the more exotic locations of Southern Europe, such as Spain, Italy, and Greece. The game will introduce day-to-night transitions, along with dynamic, on-the-fly weather changes. With the driving physics being carried over from Forza 5, the handling and feeling of the car will change with the rain. The graphical detail will look to surpass that of Forza 5 with the improved lighting and weather, as according to Turn 10, that lighting and manipulation of the lighting will be what next-gen gaming is all about.
As for the game itself, the demo started off in a small town in France. The driver left town and immediately encountered another Drivatar. The players were using some pretty sick cars, as one was in a Lamborghini, and the other was in a McLaren. While racing down the mountains road, there begins to be a downpour of rain as you witness water droplets popping off the cars. While the focus will be in southern Europe, there will be no area covered that will have snow to include in Horizon 2.
The initial Forza Horizon had a single player experience with its story mode. The game was still open-world, and all focused around a main hub. With Forza Horizon 2, the focus will be on a seamless, multiplayer interface that allows players to jump right into events when encountered on the open roads. The race hub still exists, as this will be the central location for the game. Car clubs can be created and will support up to 1000 members. While the focus is on multiplayer, there will be a solo mode that will carry over your club’s Drivatars.
As for the amount of cars in the game, Horizon 2 will offer 200, initially. You can imagine that DLC will be available down the road, but with the detail involved with the cars, this is a respectable starting point. As for the game being open-world, this will truly be a living, breathing world. Players are no longer stuck to the roads, as the option to literally drive anywhere is included. With the power of next-gen technology, the game is able to support such a giant road. Friends can find shortcuts that can be shared with you, and there will be specific events that take place off-road.
Forza Horizon 2 will be available for Xbox One on September 30th. It seems to be that the game will have a lot to offer. In-car views return and they are more detailed than ever. The game will also run in full 1080p resolution. Stay tuned for more information involving Forza Horizon 2.