Microsoft is offering gamers a chance to revisit Southern Europe for free in August. Yes, Forza Horizon 2 will headline next month’s free Games With Gold lineup.
Launched in 2014, FH2 was the sub-franchise’s first foray onto the current generation. It boasted over 200 cars at launch from over 50 manufacturers, including the then-new Lamborghini Huracan. Does that make anybody else feel a little old?
Horizon 2 moved the eponymous festival to an amalgam of Southern France and Northern Italy. It also introduced dynamic weather to the equation, something the more sim-oriented Motorsport 6 would pick up the year after.
As a taster for the upcoming, Britain-bound Horizon 4, FH2’s Games With Gold boost is coming at an ideal time. In addition, Microsoft’s big Ultimate Sale is still ongoing, and that includes a handy 33% discount on a 12-month XBL Gold subscription.
This should provide a healthy bump to the player base too. Will it hit its predecessor’s 9-million milestone, though?
One last thing to note: it’s possible Horizon 2 won’t be available via the Xbox Store much longer. The original Forza Horizon was a GWG title in 2016, four years after its original launch. A month later, Microsoft gave it “End of Life” status. 2017 saw a similar story: FM5 was free in September, and delisted in October. So if you want it, we suggest grabbing it while you still can.
Featured image courtesy of Andy Voong.