This week, Xbox One and Windows 10 PC players will be jetting off to Australia in Forza Horizon 3, the latest open world racing experience from Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios. Unfortunately, sad news comes this week with the announcement that the original Forza Horizon will be reaching the end of its run.
In 2012, Playground Games brought us the first game in the Forza Horizon experience. It was the first time Forza went open world, mixing fast cars with awesome music over great environments, set to the theme of a weekend music and car festival. Two years ago, we got Horizon 2, set in southern Europe, and this week we travel to Australia.
In an announcement on Forza Motorsport’s Week in Review blog, it was said that the original Forza Horizon would be reaching its ‘End of Life’ point on October 20th. The blog says:
“While we’re revelling in the euphoria of launching a brand-new Forza game, I do have an important update regarding the original Forza Horizon. On October 20, the original Forza Horizon for Xbox 360 will reach “End of Life” status. That means that the game and its associated DLC will no longer be available for purchase. Players who own Forza Horizon before that date will still be able to download and play the game and its associated content as normal. After that date, however, Forza Horizon and its associated DLC will no longer be for sale.”
It’s a sad day indeed, but thankfully those with Gold memberships on Xbox 360 and Xbox One had the opportunity to download the fantastic title last month, and after playing it again recently, it still holds up very well graphically, and technically. Bar the frame drops from extended play sessions with backwards compatibility.
Still, I discovered many new favourite songs from the soundtrack; a tradition that happens with every release in the series.
[Source: Week in Review]