It’s been a little over a month since Forza Horizon 4 launched, and it’s safe to say this is the best entry yet. That’s an opinion not only shared in our review of the fourth entry, but the community at-large. How so? FH4 had the best-selling launch for any Forza title in Xbox history.
And the good news is things are only getting started. FH4 will receive its second major update later this month, dubbed the “Horizon Service Check”. Playground Games’ Mike Brown delivered the news in the latest edition of Forza Monthly.
The update will focus on bug fixes and delivering quality of life improvements based on feedback from the community. These improvements include connectivity fixes, such as filling online sessions with more people. This is crucial for the game moving forward, especially as 72 players can occupy one session.
Improvements to the post-race are also on the docket. Festival-goers rejoice as you’ll soon be able to skip those sequences. No longer will you have to watch your avatar dance — hit ‘A’ and you’re back to business.
Another welcome improvement is adding all DLC cars to your garage with a single button press. This feature first reared its head in Forza Motorsport 7 and made life much easier. We’re unsure why the feature wasn’t in FH4 at the beginning, but it’s on the way now and will make collecting the weekly cars a simpler affair.
Team Adventure will also see improvements based on community input. Brown acknowledged that players aren’t satisfied with the current setup, and the same rings true for the team back at PG. Unfortunately changes to the mode will not be a part of this update, but sometime in the future.
In addition to the many tweaks and improvements, new features are also on the horizon. As the graphic shows, new painting and upgrade options will also feature in the update. Brown uses the Bugatti Veyron as an example of the new painting options.
Known for its appealing two-tone scheme, players can’t adjust either color without affecting the entire car. That is, not without resorting to the various vinyl shapes in the livery editor. That changes with this update. Almost any car with a multi-color finish can have those adjusted separately.
If that weren’t enough, that same functionality lends itself to wheels as well. You’ll be able to paint wheel spokes and the outer lip independent of one another on two-tone wheels. Moreover, 41 brand-new wheels are making way to the game, all available from the Autoshow.
Finally, there’s the Horizon Racing Cup. 12 new events arrive alongside the update, teasing players “with a prize pool up to 3.6 million credits.” This is, again, in reaction to community feedback and is little more challenging over the current crop of events. For each event you’ll need to carefully choose your car and its upgrade if you want to win.
3.6 million credits is a lot any way you slice it, and draws you that much closer to owning a castle. We couldn’t be more excited for what the update has in store. As ever, you can expect new items in the Forzathon shop, new vehicles for Car Pass owners, and the usual goodies.
That’s to say nothing on the upcoming expansion due some time in December, Fortune Island. Stay tuned for more details on the update as they become available.