Despite “finishing” the main “story” in Forza Horizon 2 I still love playing it because there is so much more to do beyond said story. There are tons of races, events, and online multiplayer modes to keep me occupied for ages and that’s not counting the recently released Storm Island expansion. Today, Microsoft and Universal Pictures announced that another expansion would be coming to Forza Horizon 2 based off the Fast & Furious movies. In this story driven expansion “Tej Parker” (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges’ character from the film) to source cars for the crew’s next mission. Players will obtain the cars by completing several challenges that will take place in Forza Horizon 2’s open world setting. All the cars that are unlocked will be available in free roam gameplay.
Here is a list of some of the cars that will be included in the expansion:
– 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
– 2012 Nissan GT-R Fast & Furious Edition
– 1998 Toyota Supra Fast & Furious Edition
– 2014 Maserati Ghibli Fast & Furious Edition
– 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner Fast & Furious Edition
– 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
– 1970 Plymouth Cuda Fast & Furious Edition
– 2013 Jeep Wrangler Fast & Furious Edition
The expansion will be available on the Xbox Live Marketplace on March 27th and will be free for two weeks. After that it can be purchased for $10. Even though this is likely all part of the promotion for the upcoming Furious 7 film its not clear if there will be any direct tie-ins between the expansion and the next film’s plot or any of the previous films. Either way it sounds like it could be a good time! I’ll be sure to give you guys my impressions of the expansion once I get a chance to play it. I am holding out hope for a challenge involving the world’s longest runway and exploding planes! For a quick teaser and the official press release scroll below.
Xbox and Universal Partnerships & Licensing Partner to Create
Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious
Stand-alone Expansion Includes New Cars from Universal Pictures’ Furious 7,
in theaters April 3, 2015
Today, Xbox and Universal Partnerships & Licensing announced an unprecedented partnership to bring a unique, stand-alone expansion to millions of Xbox fans worldwide.
For the first time, the thrilling driving and amazing cars of Forza, the highest-rated racing series of the past 10 years, are combining with the blockbuster Fast & Furious film franchise to create an original adventure filled with high-speed automotive action in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious.
Launching on March 27, 2015, Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is a stand-alone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The all-new expansion will put players behind the wheel of iconic vehicles from the Fast & Furious film series, including exciting new cars appearing in Universal Pictures’ Furious 7, in theaters April 3. Players do not need to have purchased or played Forza Horizon 2 in order to download and enjoy the open-world adventure.
“Forza is synonymous with racing and fun, so it’s only natural for us to work with one of the most celebrated automotive entertainment franchises in the world,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. “This is a great way to bring Forza players into the world of Fast & Furious, and in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, every fan will get a chance to go wheels-first into the exciting action of the Fast & Furious franchise.”
To celebrate the launch of Furious 7, this stand-alone expansion will be available at no charge for a limited two-week period. Beginning on March 27 and continuing through April 10, 2015, players can download the expansion on Xbox One or Xbox 360 at no charge. After April 10, the expansion will cost $10, but players who downloaded it for free during the two-week window can continue to play without restriction.
“Furious 7 is the latest installment in our enormously successful franchise, and partnering with the world-class team at Turn 10 Studios offered an exceptional opportunity to thank our fans in an exciting way,” said Bill Kispert, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Platforms, Universal Partnerships & Licensing. “In this adventure, fans will experience the thrill of the Fast & Furious series’ most iconic cars through the amazing gameplay of Forza. We can’t think of a better combination for gamers and movie fans alike.”
In Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, players will be recruited by Fast & Furious expert mechanic Tej Parker, voiced by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, to source cars for the Fast & Furious crew’s next big mission. Players will take part in a series of thrilling car challenges set in the idyllic south of France, challenges inspired by both the Fast & Furious films and Forza’s legendary gameplay.
As players complete game challenges, they will unlock new cars that can be added to their collection and can be driven throughout the open world in free roam play. Players will also be able to take photos of their favorite cars in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious and share them with fellow Forza players via the official Forza Web site and the Forza Hub app on Xbox One.
See below for a list of some of the special edition vehicles that will be featured in the game:
1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
2012 Nissan GT-R Fast & Furious Edition
1998 Toyota Supra Fast & Furious Edition
2014 Maserati Ghibli S Fast & Furious Edition
1970 Plymouth Road Runner Fast & Furious Edition
2015 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
1970 Plymouth Cuda Fast & Furious Edition
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Fast & Furious Edition
Also, don’t forget to check out the exciting Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious teaser trailer out today.
For more information on Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious and the Forza Motorsport franchise, see www.forzamotorsport.net and download the Forza Hub app, exclusively on Xbox One. For assets related to this announcement, please visit this post on Xbox Wire.
About Furious 7
Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan. www.thefastandthefurious.com
About Universal Partnerships & Licensing
Universal Partnerships & Licensing (UP&L) oversees NBCUniversal’s consumer product and digital licensing for Universal Pictures, NBC Television, Focus Features and Sprout Channel. This dedicated division is also responsible for film, home entertainment and television promotions. UP&L is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
There are lots of things many of us want to do in our lives that we just can’t. For example: I have always wanted to plow through giant hay bales in a Lamborghini Huracan on a European countryside. Sadly, such a thing is out of my reach. …Or is it? Forza Horizon 2 is the latest game in the Forza franchise and just as its predecessor did, it encourages ultimate automotive mayhem and mischief! There are all kinds of events and races that players can participate within the world of Horizon 2 that it is easy to get sucked into the game for hours. If you want a bit more info as to what’s in store then check out the review we did when Horizon 2 was released. The cliff notes is that its a great game that any car lover would enjoy. It is also available for Xbox 360 and Xbox One (although the version we reviewed was Xbox One). If you want even more info on the game check out the source link below.
Counting today there are only 12 days until Christmas Eve! So we are going to post at least one awesome thing each of those days that we think would be awesome gifts for the gear head in your life (or for yourself). We are starting off the first day with the Playseat Racing Evolution Top Gear Edition simulator seat. We previewed this set up at E3 earlier this year and its finally available for sale in the USA. The Evolution Seat is a great way for gamers to play their favorite racing games like Forza, Gran Turismo, F1 2014 and PC games like iRacing. As a bonus this seat is decked out in a Top Gear theme featuring their “test dummy” checkered design, the Top Gear logo, and The Stig him-her-eh-itself!
Its built to handle many types of wheel/pedal set ups like Logitec, Fanatec, Thrustmaster, and Mad Catz. Its adjustable for people of different heights, and can fold to save space when not in use. We have the Forza edition rig and we love it! Its a bit on the pricy side at $499 but its totally worth it!
You can order it by clicking hereand you can check out our preview of it from E3 as well as some more pictures (just click the thumbnails) below.
DISCLAIMER: Playseat Racing is a promotional partner of MotorworldHype.com
There is no more F1 racing until next year. This really, really sucks if you’re an F1 fan like me. Luckily, Codemasters has been filling the void for years with their F1 video game franchise. F1 2014 is the last game for “last gen” consoles (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3) before they move on to the new kids on the block Xbox One and PlayStation 4. So, is it worth it to take one more ride before upgrading? Well, I have put together a pros and cons review for you to help you form your own opinion. Check it out below!
Looking forward to getting your hands on the new MX-5? Me too. I got up close to it at the LA Auto Show but the majority of the country hasn’t had a chance to get up close and personal with the new roadster yet. However! They can now do that virtually on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Today Mazda announced that they are teaming up with Turn 10 Studios, Playground Games, and Xbox to promote their new roadster.
Things will kick off with a branded interactive hub that will show up on Xbox consoles in which users can virtually take a closer look at the 2016 MX-5. From there players can enter a livery design contest via Forza Horizon 2. Using the game’s editor players can create their own design on an older MX-5 (the ’94 model to be exact) and then submit it for the contest. Two finalists will be chosen and sent to the South By Southwest festival next march in a “design faceoff”, the winner of which will get nearly $4k worth of prizes, including an Xbox One console, a 55 inch curved tv, audio system, and the MadCatz steering wheel for Xbox One. The winning design will also be made available to everyone to download for free. Also, keep in mind that this contest is open to both Xbox One and Xbox 360 users. Scroll down for the press release which includes all the steps to entering the contest in addition to the official rules. Good luck!
IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — For the second consecutive year, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) is teaming up with Xbox, this time to promote the launch of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 and give Forza Horizon 2 players the chance to enter the Mazda MX-5 Livery Design Contest. An interactive experience with the 2016 Mazda MX-5 and information on the design contest will be available through the Mazda branded hub on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
The Mazda MX-5 Livery Design Contest, which is now live through January 4, 2015, will give Forza Horizon 2 players the opportunity to design the livery for the 1994 Mazda MX-5 currently available in-game. Two finalists will be awarded a trip in March to South by Southwest 2015 for the final design showdown. The winner will walk away with a new 55-inch curved TV, audio music system, Xbox One Kinect console and one MadCatz Racing Wheel estimated at $3,499.95. Additionally, the winning design will be made available in Forza Horizon 2 for all Xbox One and Xbox 360 users as a free gift.
“In addition to shining the spotlight on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 through the partnership, we also wanted to give Forza fans a way to engage and pick up some cool prizes and see their work featured in the game,” said Russell Wager, vice president of marketing, MNAO. “Fans of the Mazda MX-5 are some of the most passionate enthusiasts out there and we look forward to seeing the creativity that comes from this contest.”
To enter the Mazda MX-5 Miata Livery Design Contest users must:
Sign into the Xbox Live service via an Xbox 360 or Xbox One console
Enter Forza Horizon 2, select the available 1994 Mazda MX-5 car and follow the instructions within the game to design a livery using the tools available within the game
Once finished, participants will be required to save their design with the name “MX5contest” and upload it to the Forza Horizon 2 storefront during the contest period
Entries will be accepted now through January 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST
A semi-finalist judging panel, consisting of representatives from Microsoft, Mazda and Turn 10 Studios will determine up to five potential semi-finalists. All submissions will be evaluated on a 100-point scale; with an emphasis on originality (33 points max), aesthetic design (33 points max) and technical proficiency (34 points max). The semi-finalists will be posted on the Mazda hub on Xbox Live from 12:01 a.m. EST on January 26, 2015 through 11:59 p.m. EST on February 12, 2015 for the online public voting phase of the contest. The two semi-finalists with the most votes will be flown to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas where a winner will be determined by three special judges; Derek Jenkins, Mazda’s director of design, Major Nelson from Xbox Live and Forest Byrd with TC9700Gaming.
The official rules can be found on the Mazda hub on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. A second contest with Microsoft will be announced at South by Southwest 2015.
This is the second time Mazda has teamed up with Microsoft. In 2013, Mazda made history by being the first automotive manufacturer to globally reveal a vehicle, the 2014 Mazda3, in conjunction with a live concert through Microsoft’s Xbox 360 gaming console.
Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.
The DLC train keeps on rolling for Forza Horizon 2 as their latest DLC drops today in the form of the Falken Tire Car Pack. For only $5 bucks you can get six cars that would probably cost over $300k in real life. That is a pretty darn good deal if you ask me! So what’s included? Allow me to fill you in! In the Falken Tire Car Pack players will get access to the following:
-2014 Alfa Romeo 4C
-2014 BMW M4 Coupe
-2014 Chevrolet SS
-1988 Lamborghini Jalpa
-1969 Toyota 2000 GT
-1990 Subaru Legacy RS
I am personally looking forward to hooning a pristine 2000GT all over Europe! For the official trailer for the car pack check out the video below. If you want to grab this DLC for yourself its available NOW for $5 in the Xbox Live Marketplace. If you bought the “Car Pass” when you got Forza Horizon 2 then this Car Pack is already yours!
Forza horizon 2 releases in just two weeks but starting today you can try it out for yourself by downloading the demo on Xbox Live. To further entice potential Forza addicts Turn 10 studios has also announced the details of Forza Horizon VIP membership. If that weren’t enough they also announced 8 free DLC cars that will be available at launch! If they actually offer a kitchen sink I think I might be sold… Anyway, lets get into the details of the goodies shall we?
First off is the 8 free DLC cars that will be available at launch. Seriously, Forza has been giving away so many cars its like they’re Oprah (I’ve waited a long time to use that joke so make with the lol’s!). Anyway here is the list of cars that players can get their hands on right away: 2003 Ford Focus RS, 1997 Land Rover Defender 90, 1993 Clio Williams, 2015 Ford Mustang GT, 1987 Buick Regal GNX, 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV, 1968 Abarth 595 esseesse, 1956 Ford F-100. A pretty eclectic mix if you ask me. You have a hot hatch in the Focus RS, Muscle in the ’15 Mustang GT, and obscure classic in the Abarth 595 esseesse (how the heck is “esseesse” pronounced?!?!). On paper the DLC sounds like a nice starting point to play in Forza Horizon 2’s open world.
Next up is the new VIP membership. Since Forza Horizon is always based around a “festival” style event they are likening VIP membership as something of a “backstage pass.” VIP membership provides access to “exclusive benefits” in Forza Horizon 2. The first of which is a 5 car DLC pack which includes the 2012 Lamborghini Urus, 2014 Tesla Model S, 1967 Ferrari 330 P4, 1949 Mercury Coupe, and the 2013 Donkervoort D8 GTO. VIP members also get “2x player in-game reward acceleration, access to exclusive multiplayer events, in-game gifts from the Forza community team, and special in-game recognition.” VIP membership will set players back $19.95. However, current Forza Motorsport 5 VIP members can buy Horizon 2 VIP membership for half off at $9.99.
If you are already firmly in the Forza Horizon 2 camp and for sure going to pick it up then you might be interested in the “Car Pass”. This basically nets players all of the future DLC (at least 31 cars according to Turn 10) over the next six months in one pre-purchase for $24.95. Purchase of the Car Pass will also include the 2010 Nobile M600 as a bonus exclusive car.
Whew, is that everything? Oh, wait! Anyone who has already decided they want to buy Forza Horizon 2 and really eager to have their copy ASAP can “pre-download” it starting today. Basically, a player would use their Xbox Live account, purchase the game as a download, download the entire game to their console, and then be given instant access to it on the release date (September 30th, 2014).
Ok, I think that covers it all. Forza Horizon 2 is really shaping up to be a pretty big release this year. If things work out I will give you my first hand account of Forza Horizon 2 in the form of a review. I will keep you all posted! In the meantime I encourage anyone curious about the game to download the demo and get a first impression! For more info hit up the Forza Horizon 2 website.
Eight Free Downloadable Cars Coming to Forza Horizon 2 at Launch
Bonus DLC Car Pack bringing 2015 Mustang GT and more to game
Forza Horizon 2 is just weeks away and, soon, Forza fans the world over will be exploring the wide-open high-speed highways and breakneck back roads of southern Europe. By now, you’re probably aware that Forza Horizon 2 will ship with more than 200 amazing cars, all built from the ground up on Xbox One. Forza has always been about bringing fans the best content, whether that’s world debut cars like Roll-Royce Wraith or track add-ons like Long Beach, Road America, and the Nürburgring.
As is the case with all Forza games, we’ll constantly be updating Forza Horizon 2 with fresh new content. Beginning on Sept. 30 to coincide with the release of Forza Horizon 2, we’ll be launching a brand new pack for the game: the Forza Horizon 2 Launch Bonus Car Pack. This car pack will feature eight cars representing the awesome variety that can be found in the Forza Horizon 2 car roster – from rough-and-tumble trucks like the 1956 Ford F-100 to the raw power represented by the 2015 Ford Mustang GT. The Launch Bonus Pack will include three never-before-seen vehicles in the Forza franchise: the 2003 Ford Focus RS, the 1997 Land Rover Defender 90, and the 1993 Clio Williams. Best of all, all eight of the cars featured in the Launch Bonus Car Pack will be available to all Forza Horizon 2 players at launch for no additional cost.
Here’s the full list of cars in the Launch Bonus Car Pack:
2003 Ford Focus RS
1997 Land Rover Defender 90
1993 Clio Williams
2015 Ford Mustang GT
1987 Buick Regal GNX
2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV
1968 Abarth 595 esseesse
1956 Ford F-100
In addition to the Launch Bonus Car Pack, today we’re also announcing the details for Forza Horizon 2 VIP membership (discounted for current Forza Motorpsort 5 VIPs) and the Forza Horizon 2 Car Pass. As in Forza Motorsport 5, each purchased add-on car can be added to your in-game garage one time for free – without additional in-game credits.
Forza Horizon 2 VIP Membership (regular $19.99; 50 percent off or $9.99 for Forza Motorsport 5 VIP members) is like a backstage pass at the Horizon Festival, giving you access to cool content you can only get here. VIP members will receive exclusive benefits in Forza Horizon 2, including the VIP Car Pack, featuring five cars (four of which are brand new to the Forza franchise). These five cars include the 2012 Lamborghini Urus, 2014 Tesla Model S, 1967 Ferrari 330 P4, 1949 Mercury Coupe, and the 2013 Donkervoort D8 GTO. VIP membership also awards with 2x player in-game reward acceleration, access to exclusive multiplayer events, in-game gifts from the Forza community team, and special in-game recognition. Current Forza Motorsport 5 VIPs receive a $10 discount on digital purchases of Forza Horizon 2 VIP membership or any Forza Horizon 2 digital offer that includes VIP membership. (Note that this discount only applies to digital offers of Forza Horizon 2.)
The Forza Horizon 2 Car Pass ($24.99) gets you access to six monthly pack add-ons beginning in October, with each pack featuring five amazing cars. That’s six monthly car packs for the price of five! Plus, Car Pass owners will receive an exclusive bonus car for free: the 2010 Noble M600. That’s 31 cars to collect, race, and customize in Forza Horizon 2! Look for more details on the first monthly car pack for Forza Horizon 2 coming soon!
Demo/Pre-Download Available Now
We’ve saved the best for last: the Forza Horizon 2 demo for Xbox One is here! Starting today you can download the demo for the game on Xbox Live and get a tantalizing taste for the game we’ll all be playing starting on Sept. 30. In addition the game is now available for pre-order at your local retailer and for pre-order/pre-download in the Xbox Store.
Forza Horizon 2 will arrive on store shelves at the end of this month (September 30th) so the launch party is starting to get rolling. It kicked off with a bright, shiny, EDM-fueled trailer that just released a few moments ago. The new trailer shows off most of what we can expect from the next Horizon game featuring everything from crazy off roading with Rally Fighters to racing trains with WRX’s. If you avoid blinking you can see a sample of all the cars that will make an appearance in the game but if you want a full list of all 210 cars that will be available at launch hit up the Forza Horizon website.
In addition to the trailer Turn 10 Studios also released some information on how the “Forza Rewards” system will work with Forza Horizon 2. Essentially, the “Forza Rewards” program will gift free cars to players who have earned x amount of points just from playing Forza games. According to Turn 10 players started earning Forza Reward points way back in the Forza Motorsport 2 days. Points are earned by playing and/or doing different things in each Forza game. In Forza Motorsport 5 points are rewarded based on how many cars a player owns, how many miles they have driven, etc. The amount of points a player has will determine what “tier” they are in.
Based on the tier a player falls into they will be able to choose up to 5 (non-DLC) cars to add to their Forza Horizon 2 garage right away. It breaks down like so:
2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe
2013 Viper GTS
2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4
2014 Local Motors Rally Fighter
2013 McLaren P1
Nice line up right? Still, there may be some out there who have never played the first Forza Horizon game and might be on the fence about this new one. To those people I would suggest trying out the Forza Horizon 2 demo which comes out for Xbox One on September 16th (next Tuesday). Anyone that is still on the fence after that can check out our full review of Forza Horizon 2 to get our take on it.
For now check out the new launch trailer below and stay tuned for more Forza Horizon 2 updates!
The next Formula One game from Codemasters is coming this October (a month earlier than usual) and we are going to present to you four reasons why we have high hopes for this game. Check out the four “hot lap” videos below taken from actual game play as a preview of things to come. Naturally, should we get a copy we will do a full review of F1 2014 and let you know if its worth purchasing. For now we are pretty optimistic! Now stop reading and start watching below!
One of my favorite driving franchises is the F1 series from the gang at Codemasters. To some controversy their last game F1 2013 was released on what is technically “last gen” consoles (Xbox 360, PS3). Well, it looks like Codemasters may be sparking some of that controversy again as they have announced that F1 2014 will also be released on the “last gen” consoles. However, they have also promised that F1 2014 will be their last F1 game that is exclusive to Xbox 360 and PS3 and they have also promised that F1 2014 will be a fitting send-off.
To quell any interweb-rage about F1 2014 not coming to Xbox One or PS4, Codemasters gave a little preview of what we can expect in F1 2015. One of the biggest tidbits is that the release cycle will likely change. Typically, Codemasters releases their F1 games at the end of the season and before the next season. This is because Codemasters doesn’t know what new tracks, teams, or drivers will be added to F1 before the season starts so they have to wait until it all shakes out and then make their game.
However, starting with F1 2015 Codemasters will look to release their F1 games earlier in the season rather than the end. This is because due to the architecture of Xbox One and PS4 it is easier to release content like new teams, tracks, and drivers via DLC (downloadable content) as the season unfolds. So far, that is all we know about their future plans but Codemasters’ has hinted that they will reveal more about their next gen F1 games once F1 2014 is released this October (October 21st, 2014 to be exact).
I personally can’t wait to see what the team will do with the new consoles. But I am equally excited for F1 2014! If you share that sentiment then feel free to scroll down and check out the official gameplay trailer!