Forza Horizon 3 Lets You Drive Halo's Warthog; PC Specs Announced

People who played Halo 5 or The Master Chief Collection can drive the Warthog first.


Microsoft announced today that racing game Forza Horizon 3 has gone gold, meaning its ready for the physical game to be manufactured. The company is celebrating the news by announcing some key details like a new car from the Halo franchise, the PC specs, and the achievements list.

First, Halo's famous Warthog will appear in Forza Horizon 3 as one of the game's 350-plus vehicles. This is the first time in Forza history that a Halo vehicle has been featured among the car lineup.

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This car is officially called the 2554 AMG Transport Dynamics M12S Warthog CST. It's a civilian version of the military-themed truck featured in the Halo games, the M12 Force Application Vehicle. There's no turret on Forza Horizon 3's variant, but it does have a 720 BHP twin-turbo V8 engine, which makes it faster than its military counterpart.

"The Warthog CST in Forza Horizon 3 is also ideally suited for the rough and tumble landscape of Australia," Microsoft said in a blog post. "With the most advanced suspension in Forza Horizon 3 (with more than 70 cm of suspension travel), plus advanced dampening, you won't find the combination of power and stability like this anywhere else in the Horizon Festival."

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People who played Halo 5: Guardians or Halo: The Master Chief Collection will receive a code to download the car starting the week of September 5. Those who did not play either of those games can acquire the car by earning it in a "Forzathon" Forza Horizon 3 event that will begin in October.

Microsoft will share more details on how the Forza/Halo partnership came to be in future blog posts.

Microsoft also announced Forza Horizon 3's recommended PC specs, which show that you'll want to have a Nvidia GTX 970 or GTA 1060 or AMD R9 290X or AMD RX 480. This is to run the game at 1080p; Forza Horizon 3 supports up to 4K resolution, but you'll need a beefier rig to achieve that. The full recommended specs are below.

Microsoft added that Forza Horizon 3 will offer a "tremendous amount" of options, too, such as things like vertical sync, resolution, motion blue, mirrors, reflection, and static and dynamic geometry. Additionally, the game will support racing wheels, but Microsoft is not yet talking about what devices you can use.

Forza Horizon 3 Recommended PC Specs

  • CPU: i7 3820 @ 3.6GHz
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 970 or Nvidia GTX 1060, AMD R9 290X or AMD RX 480
  • VRAM: 4 GB
  • RAM: 12 GB
  • Hard Drive Type: HDD
  • Available Space: 55 GB
  • Resolution: 1920 X 1080
  • Windows Version: Windows Anniversary Edition 64-bit 14393.101
  • Misc: Requires DirectX 12

As for the other Forza Horizon 3 news, Microsoft released the full achievement list. Players will be rewarded for ranking up and competing in races. You will earn 20 gamerscore for performing a barrel role in a buggy; this achievement is appropriately titled "Totally meant to do that..."

Forza Horizon 3 Achievement List

Welcome to Your HorizonOpen Festival with the first Showcase10
You're the BossUpgrade the Festival for the first time10
One of UsWin your first Exhibition race as Horizon Festival Boss10
Stay on TargetGet a gold medal from a Danger Sign10
"Do you even... oh, you do"Get 3 Stars through a Drift Zone10
You're Hired!Hire a Drivatar into your Drivatar Line-Up10
You're Fired!Fill your Drivatar Line-Up and fire a Drivatar to make way for another20
Racer's ParadiseOpen a Festival in Surfers Paradise20
First Time BuyerVisit the Autoshow and buy your first car10
The ArchitectCreate your first Blueprint10
The PlayerComplete another player's Exhibition Blueprint10
ChampWin your first Championship10
Tonight We RideWin your first Street Race10
I'll Just Take This NowWin your first Midnight Battle10
Street Racing ChampionWin every Street Race and Midnight Battle50
Like a Needle in The OutbackFind your first Barn Find10
Relic HunterRestore all Barn Finds20
ThrowdownCreate and complete your first Bucket List Blueprint.10
Community CrusherPlay 10 player created Bucket List Blueprints20
Drive to the Music You LoveSign 4 Radio Stations to your Festival10
Screaming through the ValleyOpen a Festival in Yara Valley20
BushcraftOpen a Festival in The Outback20
Maxed OutFully upgrade a Festival site20
Like a BossFully upgrade all Festival sites20
Best. Horizon. Ever.Complete the Final Showcase50
Exhibition ExpertComplete an Exhibition at every race route in the game20
Horizon HardcoreComplete a Championship at every race route in the game30
StarstruckGet at least 1 star on any 50 PR Stunts10
PR SuperstarGet 3 stars on all PR Stunts20
Eat My DustComplete 10 races in a convoy10
Got Ourselves a ConvoyConvoy for a total of 100 miles10
Life CompleteComplete every Horizon Bucket List challenge20
Drop in the BucketComplete 5 Bucket List challenges10
Who's Hiding These?Smash all 150 reward boards20
BackpackerDiscover every beauty spot in the game20
I Know These RoadsDrive down every road in the game20
This My JamTake part in 5 Skill Songs10
Perks of the JobObtain a car from the Skill Shop10
I Want It AllComplete every page in the Skill Shop (excluding temporary perks)25
Spoiler AlertFit parts from Rocket Bunny and Liberty Walk10
5 Star Seller - A+++++Sell 5 cars via the Auction House10
SniperWin a car in the Auction House by bidding on it10
Welcome to Horizon OnlineComplete 5 online events across Adventure and Freeroam10
Online AdventurerComplete 25 online events across Adventure and Freeroam30
Bring a FriendComplete an event in Co-op10
Road BuddyComplete 10 events in Co-op20
ForzatographerTake a photo of 300 cars for Horizon Promo20
Aussie Rules!Create and complete a Championship featuring only Australian cars10
High RollerSpend 1 million Credits on a car10
Fly Like A RegalGet 300ft on the airport Danger Sign using the Relaint Regal10
Life's a DragComplete a drag race at the Airstrip in every Car Class10
Endurance HeroCreate an exhibition with 25 laps, dynamic time and weather, and complete it on Hard Drivatar Difficulty20
This. Is. FORZA!Create and complete a Championship with 100+ miles of racing over 10 events20
Ooh, Shiny!Obtain your first Horizon Edition car20
Mini BossReach Level 2010
Final BossReach Level 15025
Staying ConnectedVisit the Forza Hub from the Pause Menu10
Art DirectorCreate a paint, setup a tune, and start your Horizon Promo career10
Throw Your Weight AroundGet a Gold Medal on a Drift Zone in a car weighing at least 2500kg10
Forza FirstWin a race in the Lamborghini Centanario20
Clever Girl!Get a 3 Stars on a Danger Sign, Drift Zone, Speed Trap and Speed Zone in the 2017 Ford Raptor.10
Totally meant to do that...Perform a Barrel Roll in any Buggy10
UnderdogGet a Gold Medal in a C Class car10

Additionally, Microsoft confirmed today that Forza Horizon 3 will be localized (voice and text) for English, Brazilian Portuguese, French, and German. There will be text-only localization for Polish, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

Forza Horizon 3 launches on September 27 for Xbox One and PC as an Xbox Play Anywhere title, meaning you can buy it digitally on one platform and get the other version free. People who buy the $100 Ultimate Edition can start playing four days early, beginning on September 23.

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