For those who do not know me, I am into video games almost as much as I am into cars so I tend to keep my ear to the ground in both areas. Today I got a bit of juicy news that just so happens to cross over. Apparently a “verified” Xbox/Microsoft insider took to the biggest video game forum on the internet NeoGAF and leaked a TON of info about the Xbox One and several of their upcoming games. What got my attention was that the very first tidbit mentioned was that a Forza Horizon sequel is supposedly coming to Xbox One in the fall of this year. Here is the exact quote from the user “ntkrnl” (edited for profanity):
“Forza Horizon: “Fall 2014, probably September. Super sexy weather system and… bleep-tons of co-op/social stuff. 1080P and open-world, so you can road trip with your bros.”
Yep, not only is Forza Horizon coming to the Xbox One but it will apparently have a new “super sexy” weather system. Which is something that Forza fans have wanted for a long time in Horizon and Forza Motorsport.
So, how much credence do I give to this “leak”? Quite a bit actually and I will tell you why:
-NeoGAF is seriously one of the biggest gaming forums in the world and consistently used as a credible source from other major gaming media outlets. The users on NeoGAF are serious and they used their own contacts to “verify” that this “ntkrnl” person really is who he claimed to be.
-Since Forza Motorsport 5 was an Xbox One launch title it would be pretty unlikely that Turn 10 studios would be set to announce Forza Motorsport 6 so soon and even more unlikely that they wouldn’t show up to E3 this year at all with nothing to talk about.
-This is how things played out when the first Forza Horizon was announced. It came in between Forza Motorsport 4 and 5, so its not too crazy to think that Horizon 2 is meant to hold everyone over until Forza Motorsport 6 is ready.
-A separate studio produces Forza Horizon (Playground Games) and its logical that Playground was probably developing the next Horizon game while Turn 10 worked on Forza Motorsport 5 which makes the Fall 2014 release plausible.
So there you have it, a few good reasons why this rumor may be true. Although the only way we will truly know for sure is to wait until E3 to see if Turn 10 makes any announcements. I will do my best to keep you posted!
[Source: NeoGAF forums]