Forza Horizon 4

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Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 cover.jpg
Cover art depicting the game's seasonal change and featuring the McLaren Senna (foreground) and Land Rover Defender 90 (background)
Developer(s)Playground Games
Publisher(s)Microsoft Studios
Release2 October 2018[a]
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Forza Horizon 4 is an open world racing video game developed by Playground Games and published by Microsoft Studios.[1] It was released on 2 October 2018 on Xbox One and Microsoft Windows after being announced at Xbox's E3 2018 conference.[2][3] The game is set in a fictionalised representation of the United Kingdom.[1][2][3] It is the fourth Forza Horizon title and eleventh instalment in the Forza series. The game is noted for its introduction of changing seasons to the series.


Forza Horizon 4 is a racing video game set in an open world environment based in a fictional representation of the United Kingdom, in a region that includes condensed representations of Edinburgh, the Lake District (including Derwentwater), and the Cotswolds (including Broadway), among others, and features over 420 licensed cars. The game features a route creator which enables players to create their own races.[4] The game takes place in a synchronised shared world, compared to the AI-driven Drivatars from its predecessors, with each server supporting up to 72 players.[5] The game is also playable in offline mode.[5]

Players have the opportunity to buy in-game houses which unlock new items, cars and game-play perks.[6] The game features a dynamic weather system that also depicts the change of seasons. The environment in the world will change depending on the season: for example, Derwentwater will freeze over in winter and allow players the ability to explore regions of the game world that would be inaccessible during all the other seasons.[2][3][4] The seasons are fixed across the game's servers, meaning that all players will experience the same conditions at the same time. After completing a prologue series of events which introduce players to all four seasons, the shared-world seasons will change every week,[6] with the changes happening on Thursdays at 2:30 PM GMT.[7] The season changes are forewarned to players in the game with a countdown clock, which, when finished, will trigger a short cinematic cutscene showing the previous season changing to the new one, although the cinematic will be delayed for players who are in the middle of an event or activity.[7]

Playground Games have also announced plans for two chapters of downloadable content for the game.[6] The first of these, Fortune Island, was released in December 2018. It includes a new map, a range of additional cars and adds extreme weather conditions to the game. Two car packs have also been released as of 26 November 2018, one including cars from the James Bond films, the other being a collection of Formula DRIFT cars.[8]

Owing to licensing issues, vehicles from Mitsubishi and Toyota (including Lexus marque with the exception of some offroad racing and pre-customized trucks and Subaru BRZ) are not presented in the base game;[9] Mitsubishi returned on 15 January 2019 with the release of the Free Mitsubishi Motors Car Pack DLC.[10] That same day, however, two dancing emotes ("Carlton" and "Floss") were removed from the game due to lawsuits filed by those dances' creators against Epic Games for their use of the dances as emotes in their game Fortnite Battle Royale.[11]


Aggregate score
Metacritic(XONE) 92/100[12]
(PC) 87/100[13]
Review scores
Game Informer9.25/10[16]
Game Revolution4.5/5 stars[17]
GamesRadar+4/5 stars[19]
USgamer4.5/5 stars[21]

Forza Horizon 4 received "universal acclaim" for the Xbox One version, while the PC version received "generally favorable" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[12][13] The Xbox One version is the highest rated Forza Horizon title and is tied with Forza Motorsport and Forza Motorsport 3 as the highest rated entry in the Forza series based on Metacritic scores.


Year Award Category Result Ref
2018 Game Critics Awards Best Racing Game Won [23]
Gamescom Awards Won [24]
Best Console Game (Xbox One) Nominated
Golden Joystick Awards Best Audio Design Nominated [25][26][27]
Best Competitive Game Nominated
Xbox Game of the Year Won
Ultimate Game of the Year Nominated
The Game Awards 2018 Best Audio Design Nominated [28][29]
Best Sports/Racing Game Won
Gamers' Choice Awards Fan Favourite Sports/Racing Game Nominated [30]
Australian Games Awards Sports, Racing or Fighting Title of the Year Won [31]
2019 D.I.C.E. Awards Racing Game of the Year Pending [32]
Game Developers Choice Awards Best Technology Pending [33]


  1. ^ The Ultimate Edition of the game was released on 28 September 2018, while the Standard and Deluxe editions were released on 2 October.


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  25. ^ Hoggins, Tom (24 September 2018). "Golden Joysticks 2018 nominees announced, voting open now". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  26. ^ Andronico, Michael (26 October 2018). "Golden Joystick Awards: Vote for Ultimate Game of the Year". Tom's Guide. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  27. ^ Sheridan, Connor (16 November 2018). "Golden Joystick Awards 2018 winners: God of War wins big but Fortnite gets Victory Royale". GamesRadar+. Future plc. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  28. ^ McWhertor, Michael (13 November 2018). "The Game Awards 2018 nominees led by God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
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  31. ^ "Your 2018 Winners". Australian Games Awards. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
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  33. ^ Good, Owen S. (4 January 2019). "Red Dead Redemption 2 tops list of Game Developers Choice nominees". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved 8 January 2019.

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