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Forza Horizon 4 is an open world racing video game developed by Playground Games and published by Microsoft Studios.[1] It was released on 2 October 2018 on Xbox One and Microsoft Windows after being announced at Xbox's E3 2018 conference.[2][3] The game is set in a fictionalised representation of the United Kingdom.[1][2][3] It is the fourth Forza Horizon title and eleventh instalment in the Forza series. The game is noted for its introduction of changing seasons to the series.

Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 cover.jpg
Cover art depicting the game's seasonal change and featuring the McLaren Senna (foreground) and Land Rover Defender 90 (background)
Developer(s)Playground Games
Publisher(s)Microsoft Studios
Release2 October 2018[a]
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer



Forza Horizon 4 is a racing video game set in an open world environment based in a fictional representation of the United Kingdom, in a region that includes condensed representations of Edinburgh, the Lake District (including Derwentwater), and the Cotswolds (including Broadway), among others, and features over 450 licensed cars. The game features a route creator which enables players to create their own races.[4] The game takes place in a synchronised shared world, compared to the AI-driven 'drivatars' from its predecessors, with each server supporting up to 72 players.[5] The game is also playable in offline mode.[5]

Players have the opportunity to buy in-game houses which unlock new items, cars and game-play perks.[6] The game features a dynamic weather system that also depicts the change of seasons. The environment in the world will change depending on the season: for example, Derwentwater would freeze over in winter and allow players the ability to drive on the ice to reach areas of the game world that would be inaccessible during all the other seasons.[2][3][4] The seasons are fixed across the game's servers, meaning that all players will experience the same conditions at the same time. After completing a prologue series of events which introduce players to all four seasons, the shared-world seasons will change every week,[6] with the changes happening on Thursdays at 3:30 PM BST.[7] The season changes are forewarned to players in the game with a countdown clock, which, when finished, will trigger a short cinematic cutscene showing the previous season changing to the new one, although the cinematic will be delayed for players who are in the middle of an event or activity.[7]

Returning from Forza Horizon 3, Wheelspins are prize spins with random rewards ranging from cars, Credits (in-game currency), emotes, horns, and clothing. Wheelspins are rewarded from progressing through the story and completing certain seasonal challenges. These can also be bought in the #Forzathon shop. Super Wheelspins, enhanced versions of Wheelspins with better prizes, are also given for completing parts of the story and seasonal challenges. Super Wheelspins can also be bought in the #Forzathon shop.[8]

Owing to licensing issues, vehicles from Toyota (including Lexus marque with the exception of some offroad racing and pre-customized trucks and Subaru BRZ) are not presented in the base game;[9] Mitsubishi returned on 15 January 2019 with the release of the Free Mitsubishi Motors Car Pack DLC.[10] That same day, however, two dancing emotes ("Carlton" and "Floss") were removed from the game due to lawsuits filed by those dances' creators against Epic Games for their use of the dances as emotes in their game Fortnite Battle Royale.[11]

Content and gameplay updatesEdit

Playground Games have announced plans for two chapters of downloadable content for the game.[6] The first of these, Fortune Island, was released in December 2018. It includes a new map, a range of additional cars and adds extreme weather conditions to the game. Three car packs have also been released as of 9 April 2019, one including cars from the James Bond films, the other being a collection of Formula Drift cars and another pack of cars from the Barrett-Jackson Car Pack from Forza Motorsport 7.[12]

With the introduction of Series 7, the Festival Playlist was introduced. Instead of individual rewards every season, there would be both monthly rewards and weekly rewards, in the form of cars.[13] In order to receive these prizes, players must complete daily, weekly, or monthly challenges, including, but not limited to, Seasonal Championships, Playground Games, Ranked Adventure, and Seasonal PR Stunts. While completing these tasks alone would earn players rewards, they would also contribute to weekly and monthly rewards. 50% and 80% completion of both the Series and the current season would reward drivers with an exclusive car, usually of the Epic or Legendary rarity.

With the Series 9 update, the developers implemented a system to prevent wallriding in online adventures as well as high speed collision prediction that would ghost the faster vehicle, preventing intentional rammings. The anti-wallriding measures include slowing down the car depending on speed and the predicted distance it would have gone if it didn't hit the wall, and ghosting the vehicle so other players won't crash into them.[14]


Aggregate score
Metacritic(XONE) 92/100[15]
(PC) 87/100[16]
Review scores
Game Informer9.25/10[19]
Game Revolution     [20]
GamesRadar+     [22]
USgamer     [24]

Forza Horizon 4 received "universal acclaim" for the Xbox One version, while the PC version received "generally favorable" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[15][16] The Xbox One version is the highest rated Forza Horizon title and is tied with Forza Motorsport and Forza Motorsport 3 as the highest rated entry in the Forza series based on Metacritic scores.

On 18 January 2019, Playground Games announced that they have reached 7 million registered users after the launch of Fortune Island expansion. [26]


Year Award Category Result Ref
2018 Game Critics Awards Best Racing Game Won [27]
Gamescom Awards Won [28]
Best Console Game (Xbox One) Nominated
Golden Joystick Awards Best Audio Design Nominated [29][30][31]
Best Competitive Game Nominated
Xbox Game of the Year Won
Ultimate Game of the Year Nominated
The Game Awards 2018 Best Audio Design Nominated [32][33]
Best Sports/Racing Game Won
Gamers' Choice Awards Fan Favourite Sports/Racing Game Nominated [34]
Australian Games Awards Sports, Racing or Fighting Title of the Year Won [35]
2019 D.I.C.E. Awards Racing Game of the Year Won [36][37]
National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards Control Precision Nominated [38][39]
Engineering Nominated
Game, Franchise Racing Won
Graphics, Technical Nominated
Original Light Mix Score, Franchise Nominated
Song Collection Won
Sound Editing in a Game Cinema Nominated
SXSW Gaming Awards Excellence in SFX Nominated [40]
Game Developers Choice Awards Best Technology Nominated [41]
15th British Academy Games Awards British Game Won [42][43]


  1. ^ The Ultimate Edition of the game was released on 28 September 2018, while the Standard and Deluxe editions were released on 2 October.


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