The evolution of the Forza series

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Forza Horizon
As fans are hungry for a new Forza game, we take a step back and brief you on what there is already.
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Eight years after the initial release of Forza Horizon, Microsoft's notorious racing franchise can look back on a history of steady improvement and growing popularity. Let us take you on a journey through the Forza history:




Open-world or classic racing



First of all, it is important to know that there are two sides to the Forza franchise: while Forza Motorsport rather appeals to friends of the classic sim racing genre, Forza Horizon offers open-world racing in various game modes and is the main focus in our recap. Both games were also made by two different developer studios, but belong to their common flagship Microsoft.


A steady progression



With every Forza Horizon game that entered the market, the developers added another feature to effectively enhance the gameplay. In 2012, the first game of the franchise available for the Xbox 360 was set in Colorado and already featured a day and night cycle. While that sounds good for the time, it hardly had the appeal of today's Forza Horizon 4. However, characteristic features such as the dynamic daytime were made one after another with the release of the following editions.

In 2014, Forza Horizon 2 brought dynamically changing weather – a crucial feature for the open-world scenery. The third part of the series ventured in a new direction with an event-planning feature, making the Forza community more interactive. Finally, the fourth game released in 2018 brought changing seasons to the franchise, completing the open-world feeling.

With every game of the series offering a new feature to further enrich the players' experience, there is hope that a fifth addition could once again blow the minds of fans of the franchise. That being said, it has been two years since Forza Horizon 4 was released, so looking at past release dates, it might be about time for Forza Horizon 5...

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