The Official Senna DLC You Might Have Missed


The legend of Ayrton Senna lives on: Thanks to the documentary-style movie and various of his iconic cars that are available in racing games and simulations, the three-time F1 World Champion is still present in the minds of motorsport fans and sim racers, even almost 30 years after his death at Imola. Gran Turismo 6 honored the Brazilian with a special DLC in 2014 - but there is another official one that might have flown under may radars - in Horizon Chase Turbo.

Image Credit: Aquiris Game Studio

While Automobilista 2 could be viewed as a Senna career simulator thanks to four of his cars being available alongside period-correct tracks, his name is not in the sim by default. The opposite is the case in Horizon Chase Turbo by Aquiris Game Studio: The Senna Forever DLC is even a fully-licensed creation that ties in with the Instituto Ayrton Senna - by purchasing the DLC, you support the institute's mission to assist the education of Brazilian children.

What is Horizon Chase Turbo?​

Released in 2018, Horizon Chase Turbo takes a decidedly arcade approach to a racing game. Think of arcade titles from the 1980s and early 1990s like Out Run, which feature rapidly-moving tracks and cartoony graphics - Horizon Chase Turbo puts a modern spin on this, making it look the part for the 21st century.

Senna Forever DLC in Horizon Chase Turbo 1988 Mexican Grand Prix.jpg


Racers can collect coins, nitro boosts and even fuel to help them in their races against AI opponents or their friends in an offline multiplayer mode that allows up to four players to compete on the same system. Cars are clearly inspired by real-life models and all have different characteristics. The game is is available on Steam, the Microsoft and PlayStation stores and on Nintendo Switch. It is based on Horizon Chase - World Tour, available for iOS and Android. A sequel called Horizon Chase 2 has been released for Apple Arcade in 2022 and is supposed to see a console release in 2023.

The Senna Forever DLC​

It would be easy to dismiss the DLC due to the arcade nature of the game itself, but Senne Forever is a great trip to the past for any F1 fan. The five chapters of the campaign spanning from 1984 to 1991 all feature multiple races that were key to Senna's career. New circuits based on real-life F1 tracks of the time are introduced, and a race strategy mechanic allows different approaches to clear all of a race's goals - get a perfect start, fuel up on a specific lap and finishing in a certain position are just a few examples of these goals.

First-Person cockpit view in the Horizon Chase Turbo Senna Forever DLC.jpg


A first-person mode is also introduced with the DLC, and it actually works quite well despite the arcade nature of the game. With the frantic nature of the game, it is good to have this view as an option, as some players may find it easier to avoid hitting slower cars this way. Either way, it adds a certain flair of following in Ayrton's footsteps.

The passion and dedication Aquiris - who are from Brazil - have poured into this DLC is impossible to overlook. Senna Forever is a bit like a light-hearted, interactive history lesson for F1 fans and those that want to familiarize themselves a bit more with Senna's career. It also adds a considerable amount of content and new functions to the game - it is even possible to race in different championship series based on the DLC chapters, but without Senna's scenarios.

Your Thoughts​

What are your thoughts on the Senna Forever DLC for Horizon Chase Turbo? Have you played it already? Let us know in the comments below!
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After Codemaster, waste copyright with legend mode in the F1 2019 title, which he had nothing to do in Senna's career in the racing modes, now, Senna is again, badly represented, with this game of graphics And bad physics "conceptual".
I see that it is sad, what they do with name Senna, just to sell and profit on it, without ever using the copyright, to honor and reproduce in games his greatness, on the running tracks.
 
After Codemaster, waste copyright with legend mode in the F1 2019 title, which he had nothing to do in Senna's career in the racing modes, now, Senna is again, badly represented, with this game of graphics And bad physics "conceptual".
I see that it is sad, what they do with name Senna, just to sell and profit on it, without ever using the copyright, to honor and reproduce in games his greatness, on the running tracks.
but Aquiris is Brazilian, they went as far as to implement first person just for him
 
After Codemaster, waste copyright with legend mode in the F1 2019 title, which he had nothing to do in Senna's career in the racing modes, now, Senna is again, badly represented, with this game of graphics And bad physics "conceptual".
I see that it is sad, what they do with name Senna, just to sell and profit on it, without ever using the copyright, to honor and reproduce in games his greatness, on the running tracks.

The game was made in collaboration with the Ayrton Senna Institute, which was founded by the Senna family. I'm not really sure what license you would've wished for, though.
 
Idc if it's arcade or not. If it can educate Brazilian children, and introduce some of our own into the spectacle that is the golden age of f1. Then I have no bad things to say about it.
 
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The game was made in collaboration with the Ayrton Senna Institute, which was founded by the Senna family. I'm not really sure what license you would've wished for, though.
All licenses released before, for game producers like Codemaster and Gran Turismo, they only used to profit without making any modes of game and interesting recess with Senna's life for Games.
The only good thing is, to use the name Senna, has to pay the Senna family institute, who uses it, to help poor children here in Brazil.
 
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PSA This is all on sale on Steam right now. Just bought the whole thing, Senna and all DLC, for CAD $15 all in.

Pro Tip: Buy an NVIDIA Shield and stream your games from PC to a TV and play just like a console :)
 
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