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Forza Horizon 2 Is Coming

Somewhat curiously, it's also being released on Xbox 360.

Forza Horizon (pictured above, as there are no screens for the sequel yet) was a breath of fresh air for the racing series.
Forza Horizon (pictured above, as there are no screens for the sequel yet) was a breath of fresh air for the racing series.

In this case, a new game announcement for E3 wasn't leaked! Microsoft revealed Forza Horizon 2 to IGN this morning, though we don't know much more than knowing the game's coming this year on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

As with the original, Forza Horizon 2 is being developed by Playground Games in the UK. The game's Xbox 360 release, however, is being handled by an external studio.

Forza Horizon 2, this time set in Southern Europe, will include an evolution of Forza Motorsport 5's controversial drivatar system, and mark the debut of a weather system.

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Posted By Blu3V3nom07
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Edited By BanzaiBandito

I may just have to dig out my 360.

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Posted By ssundfeld

Nice, I really enjoyed the first Forza, and only a couple of weeks ago I replayed it and thought that they should release a new one. I enjoyed it even better than the other Forzas.

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Posted By UlquioKani

First game that makes me want to get Xbox One. MS are smart to keep this off PC.

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Posted By MrKlorox

Well, crap. This is the first exclusive title that has me leaning toward one of the new consoles over the other. Wish it was coming to PC.

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Posted By xyzygy

I really like how the original developer is handling the Xbox One version while the 360 version is another dev. Shows that both versions are being worked on separately and that each will have it's own respective dev time.

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Posted By Counterclockwork87

patrick missed a grand opportunity with the headline...shoulda been

"Forza Horizon 2 Is On The Horizon"

Huh! Huh!

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Posted By StuAndo

Forza Horizon put the need for speed games to shame, lets hope this one stands up!

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Posted By subyman

I may pick this up on 360. Will wait for a sale or used. Forza Horizon's price fell really quickly last time.

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Posted By rubberknuckles

Stoked for this. FH was just a better game than Forza 4; a better mix of realism and fun.

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Edited By EchoEcho

I'll keep an eye on it, but I'm honestly more interested in seeing how Forza 6 turns out, whenever that comes along. Hoping they scale back the overwhelming microtransaction economy they started in 4 and peaked with in 5. I want lots of cars; I don't want to have to pay the equivalent of buying the game three times to get them all, and I don't want to have to spend hundreds of hours to unlock the highest tiers. Oh, and make the whole Driveatar thing optional. I like the idea as a way to race against my friends when they aren't around to play for realsies, but I don't want offline races populated by overly aggressive drivers swerving all over the road.

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Posted By arustysumo

I'll buy it if they put it on PC.

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Screenshots look pretty beautiful

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Posted By Ravelle

I have a PS3 and a PC, are there any games that let you just enjoy driving around like Horizon does?

Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed Most Wanted I think.

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Posted By MarkHawk

This was one of my favorite games in 2013 and I still go back to it a lot. In atmosphere they build around the races just really sucked me in. Wish there was a little more character customization (take what I can get) but being able to pick my name ala Codemasters style would be legit.

Either way couldn't be more excited and don't care for a multiplatform release. Continuing to support their long customer base on both fronts in the way they are isn't a terrible idea. Xbox360 owners will be happy and maybe happy enough to upgrade to a Next Gen version if the game is worth it.

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@t3mplesmith:

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Okay i'll do the 360 version as long as the framerate is locked 30 or better and the voice over stuff between races is FUCKING SKIPPABLE I SWEAR TO GOD AT LEAST LET ME MUTE IT.

thanks. :)

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Posted By T3MPLESMITH

I bet they originally intended for it to be just on the Xbox 360.

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There were only two games that could make me get an Xbox One. This was the second of the two.

Side note, I seriously thought that that screenshot at the top was of Horizon 2, I keep forgetting how good Horizon looked.

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Posted By benspyda

I've bought and mostly enjoyed every Forza game since 3, so I'll likely enjoy this too. Especially if it drives like Forza 5 which I really enjoyed.

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Posted By ez123

It was leaked though.

Forza Horizon: "Fall 2014, probably September. Super sexy weather system and... shit tons of co-op/social stuff. 1080P and open-world, so you can road trip with your bros."

I hope all these pre-announcements won't make for a flaccid show in terms of new announcements. There's like, nothing left on the ntkrnl leak list. White Xbone. Maybe logos of Crackdown 3 and the Platinum thing.

So what's the difference between revealing it now or at E3 if it was leaked?

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Posted By Arcloxs

Im just not into these games, hope it turns out well for the fans though.

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Posted By ThomasCro

I have a PS3 and a PC, are there any games that let you just enjoy driving around like Horizon does?

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Posted By SharkMan

Hopefully they pick a place less boring than Colorado this time.

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Posted By Stackboy

Why is anyone surprised that Forza Horizon 2 is coming to 360? MS always said they plan to support the 360 for years to come, after the release of the Xbone. The install base is massive, why not continue to sell to it?

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Posted By Spankmealotus

Here's hoping the 360 version is as good as the last one. This was one of the few games that I knew was coming that I wanted a xbox one for.

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Posted By StriderNo9

Glad the Forza Horizon 2 is coming to the Xbox 360 also, and that it's being handled by a noter dev team. It's crazy that some people make it seem like a weakness, MS can't win with some people.

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Posted By Cybexx

Whoooo! I've been waiting for this announcement and just hoping the first one sold well enough to justify it. So much more interested in Horizon than the dry car catalog feel of the main series.

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Posted By antivanti

FM Horizon had time of day and dirt, None if which are in FM5. The one big thing missing from Horizon was tuning so you could make beasts of cars but you couldn't tame them. Also they made the Honda CRX a fucking "unicorn" so I couldn't get my real life car but the AI could keep taunting me by driving it. A car that btw isn't hard to find IRL and dirt cheap if you do... but I'm not bitter...

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Edited By Winsord

Normally I'd be all for pre-ordering a Forza game having sunken hundreds of hours into the series, but after the mess that was Forza 5, I think I'll hold off and let others test the waters first.

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Posted By SJQPersonal

Guess I should actually finish Forza Horizon... huh..

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@san_salvador:

I've played through the game 3 times, and not once was I bothered by the Framerate.

Obviously 60 is better, especially for a racing game, but I would take smooth, rock-solid 30 fps over a shitty fluctuating, screen-tearing 25-40 fps anyday.

Not putting word in your mouth or anything, just my own opinion. :p

I really really hope a PC version happens eventually, but I'm not holding my breath. Forza (and especially Horizon) is the only thing keeping me from totally abandoning Xbox.

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Posted By ZZoMBiE13

This is excellent news!

I loved the first Forza Horizon. I think it would have done better if they'd marketed it to a greater degree, but that is neither here nor there. Bottom line, I'm glad to see this series is living on.

Ideally I'd like to see Turn 10 keep a 3 years rotation on Forza proper, the other studio make a Forza Horizon on a 3 year schedule, and one year off in between installments. I don't think it should be a yearly franchise though. And Horizon and Motorsport are different enough that I wouldn't mind them being back to back so long as there's enough time in between.

Further, I hope they do better with the Auction House in Horizon. As much as I enjoyed Forza Motorsport 5, they really dropped the ball on that aspect. What was once a great seperate game unto itself was relegated to an afterthought.

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@robohasi said:

Calling the location "Southern Europe" instead of one country is very strange because the countries aren't very connected (unless they plan to do Spain/Portugal or some travel system). Hopefully Greece will be in it because the beautiful scenery here deserves to be shared around the world.

I'm sure it will be a situation like the first game where it is drawing inspiration from the location but not really attempting to recreate any specific roads or landmarks. I doubt they'll do anything that partitions the game into separate countries/regions.

@nags said:

Cross-gen, ugh. No thanks.

Playground Games is doing the Xbox One version based on the Forza 5 engine and Sumo Digital (a great choice to do the port) is doing the 360 version based on the original Forza Horizon engine.

I think both versions have the potential to turn out well without being hugely detrimental either.

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Edited By 617_jbug

More info has come out. Xbox One version is based off Forza 5 engine. 360 version is based off Horizon 1 engine. Also Sumo Digital is doing the 360 version and Playground is doing the XB1 version.

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Posted By Nags

Cross-gen, ugh. No thanks.

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Posted By OldManLight

If the 360 version is as good as the first FH, i probably won't be buying a Xbox One any time soon.

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Posted By robohasi

Calling the location "Southern Europe" instead of one country is very strange because the countries aren't very connected (unless they plan to do Spain/Portugal or some travel system). Hopefully Greece will be in it because the beautiful scenery here deserves to be shared around the world.

Also thank god for the 360 release because I'm not planning on buying the XBONE any time soon...

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Posted By bearfield

@san_salvador: i thought it ran fine at 30. of course 60 fps is optimal but the quality of the driving in horizon was so good i didn't care about the frame rate

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Posted By TekZero

My favorite Forza game honestly.

Just wish it came out on PC too. I don't have a 360 anymore.

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360? That's drivataring me crazy.

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Posted By Eaxis

Horizon is the only Forza game I like and I think it has amazing driving physics. I turned off every assist and chose simulation with a controller and it's the best driving feel and controls I've ever had in a racing game. For me it's the best arcade sim racer as Grid 2 dropped it hard.

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Posted By heatDrive88

Absolutely loved the first - can't wait for the next.

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Posted By Reisz

Not going anywhere near this without reviews and community feedback, I know it's a different developer but I'm still treating the burns from Forza 5.

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Posted By Paliv

Fingers crossed this one is as enjoyable as the first one!

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