There are driving simulators and there are racing simulators. They tend to cross over, but what divides them are the types of cars and the types of roads used in the game. Drive racing cars on digitally recreated racing circuits and you're looking at a racing sim. Street cars on public roads (whether simulated or replicated) and you're playing a driving game. The Forza Motorsport franchise has always been more of a racing simulator than a driving game, but the minority of open roads that have appeared in the four iterations of the series so far are about to jump into their own game altogether with the launch of Forza Horizon.

Having made the initial announced back in March, Microsoft hand Turn 10 Studios have now released the box cover art and a single frame of in-game footage, both depicting the new SRT Viper on the open road. The cover, as you can see, shows a yellow Viper with black stripes speeding out of a mountain town, while the screenshot shows us a metallic Viper – like the one we saw at its unveiling in New York – on a desert highway in what looks like Carburator County from Pixar's Cars.

About a year and a half (if you can believe it) since the launch of Forza 4, the arrival of Forza Horizon will surely come as welcome and eagerly anticipated by the legions of racing and gaming fans that have enjoyed the various iterations of the franchise until now. All we know about its release is that it's coming sometime in the fall, but with the E3 gaming convention just a couple of weeks away, we should have more to bring you soon, so watch this space.


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      EcoBooster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just PLEASE put the 2011/12/13 Mustang GT or 2012/13 Boss 302 in the game! I'm TIRED of driving all these old crappy 2005 and below cars! And don't get me started on the GT500. I want the realistic-in-reach car, not the mid-life-crisis model.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      So wait, will it be an NFS-like arcade or a simulation? I hope simulation.
        Andre Neves
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        BTW, if Microsoft can make an open world game with the same simulation feel as Forza 4, it would be insane. I'm talking a HUGE open world game with several environments like that in Just Cause 2.
      notallbad
      • 3 Years Ago
      Couple of suggestions: Night and bad weather driving, as I'm over driving in daylight and good conditions. The ability to go OFF ROAD... You have the Raptor and Rubicon but what's the use if you can only race them on a track? I might as well take my fake forza kids to forza soccer practice.
      Alexandre
      • 3 Years Ago
      finally. a racing simulator out of the circuit. this will be interesting!
      Junkyard Willie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Add some Formula 1/WRC cars and track.
      PossibleHero
      • 3 Years Ago
      DO NOT MESS WITH THE PHYSICS! Please and Thankyou...
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      I pray to GOD that they don't ruin this by making it behave like a NFS game. I want Forza physics and realism with open road/open map gameplay. That will be the biggest hit they have put out yet.
      ticklmecho
      • 3 Years Ago
      Definitely getting this! I have always wanted a NFS type game with Forza physics
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      Point to point racing has always been my favorite thing to do in racing games...I don't like seeing the same corners/scenery over and over. I'll be getting this one for sure..
        pontoppidanpete
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jbm0866
        I agree with you, There is too few tracks in forza 4, and it's gets boring going around the same tracks again and again and seeing the same scenery and corners. You are right on the money. I'm very much looking forward to this Forza Horizon game.
      Henry Leung
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't Forza 4 released just last year October? How can it be 1.5 year? http://www.gamefaqs.com/xbox360/997653-forza-motorsport-4/data
      zizixx89
      • 3 Years Ago
      hopefully it will have like 300 cars would like the suvs to stay in
      k_m94
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey, just give me a game with amazing graphics (like Autovista), Forza Simulation style physics, massive expanses of realistic open road, and a whole bunch of nice cars including a cherry red SRT Viper GTS. Throw in some optional Kinect environment interactivity (distracted driving? horn honking, one finger salutes?) as a bonus, and be compatible with more and cheaper 3rd party racing wheels for once. And um, bug EA for some more licensed Porsches?
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