The live stream for the next Forza Horizon 4 series update is almost upon us — it goes live at 1730 UTC on Thursday April 1 — but already we have a pretty decent clue for what cars S34 will bring.
It comes through the traditional teasing method employed by Playground Games over the last couple of years, known as “Torben Tuesday” — named for Torben Ellert, a senior designer at the studio. These clues take many forms, sometimes codes, or anagrams, or even carefully cropped images, but this month it’s emojis. You can see the clues in the Tweet below.
— Forza Horizon (@ForzaHorizon) March 30, 2021
There’s only two cars in this latest teaser, and both seem pretty uncomplicated. The latter is the more obvious of the two, as “68 fire bird” would seem to pretty neatly resolve to “’68 Firebird”. While the 1978 is probably the more famous Pontiac Firebird in FH4‘s native UK, the first-generation 1968 has plenty of fans. The car shared its platform and most of its styling with the first-generation Chevrolet Camaro — the quad headlights, split-level tail-lights, and classic Pontiac nose differentiate the two.
Depending on which version is heading to the game — likely the 400ci model from the Forza Motorsport 4 American Muscle Car Pack — the Firebird could pack up to a 6.6-liter V8 and 345hp, although naturally you’ll be able to do better than that in your garage.
The first car is a little less clear. “356” seems an obvious reference to the Porsche 356, but the subsequent emojis are a bit odd. It’s most likely that the cowboy/gun combination means “outlaw” — a vehicle modification style which is designed to irritate purists — which would seem to suggest the Emory Outlaw 356. That’s a line of resto-mod cars created by Emory Motorsports, which already features in FH4 with the Porsche 356 C Cabriolet.
This theory is bolstered by the fact that a reference to the “Porsche 356 RSR Emory” was discovered in the game files back in January, as reported by GTPlanet user TheAdmiester — along with notes on the RAESR Tachyon and Studebaker Golden Hawk, both of which have subsequently come to the game. The RSR version of the Emory Outlaw 356 is essentially a 1990s 964 911 in a 356 outfit, and packing close to 400hp from a twin-turbocharged, 2.4-liter flat-four.
You’ll be able to catch the live stream on Twitch, or on the YouTube video below, on Thursday to see how right or wrong we are with our guesses.