With the seventh installment of the Fast and Furious franchise barely a month away from theaters, expect the tie-ins to start arriving, um, fast and furiously. While we wouldn't normally get excited about movie promos, Universal Studios' partnership with Turn 10, the folks behind Forza Horizon 2, is not your typical alliance. That's because it's going to spawn a dedicated Fast and Furious expansion pack for the critically acclaimed sandbox racer.

This isn't some mere expansion, though. It's a standalone expansion. That means that it'll be available, free of charge, to anyone with an Xbox One or Xbox 360 and an Internet connection. Of course, it won't be free, full stop. Instead, gamers will have a two-week span, from March 27 to April 10, to snap up the expansion, after which the cost of entry will jump up to $10.

Don't fret if you get in after April 10, though, because it sounds like even at that price, the expansion will be well worth the price. You'll be joined in-game by the Furious franchise's Tej Parker, voiced by Chris "Ludacris" Bridges himself. You'll be working with Tej to acquire a range of vehicles for Dominic Toretto and crew by taking part in Fast and Furious-inspired missions.

Those vehicles will include Fast and Furious Editions of well-known cars, including three of Toretto's iconic Mopars – the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, 1970 Plymouth Road Runner and 1970 Plymouth Barracuda – as well as a 2012 Nissan GT-R and a 1998 Toyota Supra that would surely be appreciated by the series' late star, Paul Walker. That won't be all the vehicles added to the expansion, though, as Turn 10's own press release lists just "some of the special edition vehicles."

"This is a great way to bring Forza players into the world of Fast and Furious, and in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious, every fan will get a chance to go wheels-first into the exciting action of the Fast and Furious franchise," Xbox boss Phil Spencer said in a statement.

Bill Kispert, executive vice president of worldwide digital platforms, universal partnerships and licensing, echoed Spencer's sentiment.

"In this adventure, fans will experience the thrill of the Fast and Furious series' most iconic cars through the amazing gameplay of Forza. We can't think of a better combination for gamers and movie fans alike," Kispert said.

Scroll down for the official press release from Universal and Turn 10 Studios, and check out the expansion pack's new teaser trailer.

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Xbox and Universal Partnerships & Licensing Partner to Create
Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious

Stand-alone Expansion Includes New Cars from Universal Pictures' Furious 7, in theaters April 3, 2015


Today, Xbox and Universal Partnerships & Licensing announced an unprecedented partnership to bring a unique, stand-alone expansion to millions of Xbox fans worldwide.

For the first time, the thrilling driving and amazing cars of Forza, the highest-rated racing series of the past 10 years, are combining with the blockbuster Fast & Furious film franchise to create an original adventure filled with high-speed automotive action in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious.

Launching on March 27, 2015, Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is a stand-alone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The all-new expansion will put players behind the wheel of iconic vehicles from the Fast & Furious film series, including exciting new cars appearing in Universal Pictures' Furious 7, in theaters April 3. Players do not need to have purchased or played Forza Horizon 2 in order to download and enjoy the open-world adventure.

"Forza is synonymous with racing and fun, so it's only natural for us to work with one of the most celebrated automotive entertainment franchises in the world," said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. "This is a great way to bring Forza players into the world of Fast & Furious, and in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, every fan will get a chance to go wheels-first into the exciting action of the Fast & Furious franchise."

To celebrate the launch of Furious 7, this stand-alone expansion will be available at no charge for a limited two-week period. Beginning on March 27 and continuing through April 10, 2015, players can download the expansion on Xbox One or Xbox 360 at no charge. After April 10, the expansion will cost $10, but players who downloaded it for free during the two-week window can continue to play without restriction.

"Furious 7 is the latest installment in our enormously successful franchise, and partnering with the world-class team at Turn 10 Studios offered an exceptional opportunity to thank our fans in an exciting way," said Bill Kispert, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Platforms, Universal Partnerships & Licensing. "In this adventure, fans will experience the thrill of the Fast & Furious series' most iconic cars through the amazing gameplay of Forza. We can't think of a better combination for gamers and movie fans alike."

In Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, players will be recruited by Fast & Furious expert mechanic Tej Parker, voiced by Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, to source cars for the Fast & Furious crew's next big mission. Players will take part in a series of thrilling car challenges set in the idyllic south of France, challenges inspired by both the Fast & Furious films and Forza's legendary gameplay.

As players complete game challenges, they will unlock new cars that can be added to their collection and can be driven throughout the open world in free roam play. Players will also be able to take photos of their favorite cars in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious and share them with fellow Forza players via the official Forza Web site and the Forza Hub app on Xbox One.


See below for a list of some of the special edition vehicles that will be featured in the game:

· 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
· 2012 Nissan GT-R Fast & Furious Edition
· 1998 Toyota Supra Fast & Furious Edition
· 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Fast & Furious Edition
· 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Fast & Furious Edition
· 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
· 1970 Plymouth Cuda Fast & Furious Edition
· 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Fast & Furious Edition

Also, don't forget to check out the exciting Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious teaser trailer out today.

For more information on Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious and the Forza Motorsport franchise, see www.forzamotorsport.net and download the Forza Hub app, exclusively on Xbox One.

About Furious 7
Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan. www.thefastandthefurious.com

About Universal Partnerships & Licensing
Universal Partnerships & Licensing (UP&L) oversees NBCUniversal's consumer product and digital licensing for Universal Pictures, NBC Television, Focus Features and Sprout Channel. This dedicated division is also responsible for film, home entertainment and television promotions. UP&L is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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