The countdown is officially underway until the next entry in the open-world series releases later this month. Before racers can blitz around the land down under enjoying features new to the franchise, there’s an interesting detour along the way: the original Forza Horizon is now available to everyone with an active XBL Gold subscription courtesy of this month’s Games With Gold.
Released in 2012 on the Xbox 360, Forza Horizon was a radical departure from the track-focused Motorsport series, moving onto the open road of Colorado. While the approach resulted in a smaller car list totaling just over 130 cars at launch, the number swelled to over 200 when all was said and done courtesy of DLC, introducing a number of unique vehicles along the way including the Eagle Speedster.
With a frame rate cut in half, the game had little trouble impressing and marked quite a few innovations for the franchise. The first in line to feature dynamic time of day, a feature becoming a staple of the series, also featured was a curated music playlist under the guise of radio stations, even introducing rally racing to the series courtesy of a dedicated expansion pack.
For those that missed out on the game and its additional content when originally released, the Season Pass and Rally Expansion Pack are both on sale at $4.99 each. The Season Pass brought with it 6 additional car packs, totaling 36 new cars released between November 2012 and April 2013.
An additional 5 bonus cars delivered monthly rounded out the Season Pass and were included at no additional cost, and they were as follows:
2006 Lamborghini Miura Concept
2003 Ford Focus SVT
2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster
2010 Devon GTX
2010 Joss JT1
The Rally Expansion introduced 5 new rally-focused cars to the game, rally stages and a co-driver at your side calling out the severity of turns and bumps along the way. New Rivals events, online rally modes, and 10 new achievements also made the cut.
Forza Horizon is now available to download for free for all XBL Gold members from September 1st until the 15th, on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. As always, remember to stop by our dedicated Forza Horizon forum for more in-depth analysis and discussion.