Forza Horizon 2 Announced for Xbox One, Xbox 360

Next installment in Microsoft's popular racing series launching this fall; in development at Playground Games.

Image credit: IGN

The rumors were right. Microsoft today announced Forza Horizon 2, a sequel to 2012's original Forza Horizon coming to Xbox 360 and Xbox One this fall. The original game's developer, Playground Games, is leading development in close collaboration from Forza Motorsport 5 outfit Turn 10 Studios. Microsoft made the announcement on IGN today, noting that Playground Games and Turn 10 will share technology and "key personnel."

According to the IGN editor who wrote the story, Playground Games is working on the Xbox One version of Forza Horizon 2, while another studio to be named later is handling the Xbox 360 version.

Forza Horizon 2 will include "hundreds" of cars, including the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan you see above. There's also going to be a weather system, and Forza 5's "Drivatar" feature will carry forward to Forza Horizon 2. The game takes place in Southern Europe, which Playground Games says should allow for "incredibly diversity" and "amazing visuals."

Like the original Forza Horizon, music will play a major role in Forza Horizon 2. A music festival will be the "central event" that is the focus of all the game's activities, according to the IGN report. For more on the original Forza Horizon, check out GameSpot's review.

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61 comments
smackdowner360
smackdowner360

Hell yea been waiting on forza horizon 2 and damn microsoft is just hitting it hard with game after game.Its not even E3 yet so i can only imagine what they have for their press conference

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

did they fix the digital download on the 360, i played it for like 2 months then it asked me for the disc and then i didnt play again since . i check like 2 months later still the same.

hoscba
hoscba

Hell yes!! Forza Horizon rules!

gottago42
gottago42

Update Forza Horizons 2 for Xbox One will use the Forza 5 engine

Forza Horizons 2 for Xbox 360 will use the Forza Horizons engine there are two different developers

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Damn that E3 leak is becoming more legit every passing day. If they mention the Battletoads reboot later then we'll be golden.


On a different note: After the first Forza Horizon Title and Forza Motorsport 5 I'm going to wait on this one. Its either that or wait for Forza Motorsport 6 and/or Project Cars.

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

Cross gen? Hmm. Curious, indeed.

Zacmaccraken
Zacmaccraken

They got me at "Weather system"!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!!

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Forza Horizon 2, Drive Club, The Crew & Project Cars all scheduled for Winter 2014.... Looks like car-racing gamers have a bunch to look forward to

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Lol, man, 3/4 of Microsoft's E3 is now known! I don't blame them for making all of these announcements early, though. Desperate times calls for desperate measures.

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

Driveclub better be up to snuff, with Horizons 2 and Forza 5 around.

meche334
meche334

Based off of Horizon 1 i will pick this up without thinking twice plus I love open world racing 

wookiegr
wookiegr

Still not confident enough with the Xbox One to let go of the past and make a true next gen racer.

AceKWM
AceKWM

Please add a nice variety of Koenigsegg's, seeing the CCR would be nice, the One:1 should be a lock, hopefully a couple more than that too.

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

People saying they're milking the series...Forza Horizon came out Oct 2012. Horizon is a spinoff of the mainline Forza series, and it's a completely different dev. 


PS If you haven't played Horizon 1, it's phenomenal.

West123
West123

to bad xbox is not global i would buy one just for the forza series 

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

so the horizon 1 formula, plus Xbox one graphical update, plus drivatar, plus new setting, plus weather effects.....please say that this will run on the cloud servers like forza 5 , and you've got a contender for the most amazing arcade racer ever conceived

prats93
prats93

It better be 60fps or I'm walking.

prats93
prats93

No mention of microtransactions, interesting.

Halloll
Halloll

so you don't need X1 to play it, Thumps up Microsoft.

Nathalmighty1
Nathalmighty1

Isnt this a bit quick? I guess people want what they want!

major_retard
major_retard

Hope they got Porsche back on-board...I want the 918 Spyder and Carrera GT.

Earthen80
Earthen80

Cross-generational? Personally I think that's a bad move.

iammcgruber
iammcgruber

@eternal_napalm If they are willing to show all this BEFORE E3, they must know they have killer stuff to show AT E3...they aren't that dumb. That just means they're going to destroy Sony before and at E3. Your sony victory dance was very, very short lived.

croxus
croxus

@origkillmachine

I ll get both (driveclub for Ps4 and Horizon 2 for 360)

untill then, the new Grid, for PC, will keep us busy...

eorde
eorde

Ready for The Crew? America sized open world racing for X1 and PS4

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

cross gen doesn't really matter when it's a different dev working on the last-gen port

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

@Alucard_Prime Yeah, sounds phenomenal. Easy day-1 buy for me. Still play Forza 5 all the time. Now taking the lessons from F5, improving on it, and bringing it to the open world... colour me interested.

meche334
meche334

@prats93  most likely it will be 60 fps on one not 360 and why does it matter its not like its a fps where u have to react super quickly to someone shooting at u

meche334
meche334

@Halloll yeah the graphics might be slightly downgraded but i just glad they're getting the last peices of power from last gen

croxus
croxus

@Earthen80

Well, that didnt seem to benefit Forza 5 much, as it Forza 4 with better textures.

I wonder if the 360 will have better graphics, Horizon was a step behind from Forza 4...

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

perhaps they'll maintain 60fps if they've managed to squeeze more power out of the Xbox One hardware since Forza 5