Forza Horizon News

Forza and Ryse to be next Xbox launch titles

Forza and Ryse to be next Xbox launch titles

Plus, a new zombie game and "strong" third-party support with FPS.

Crytek's first-person melee game Ryse will be a launch title for the next Xbox, according to a new report.

The Verge's Tom Warren, who has an excellent track record on Microsoft, said Ryse, announced during E3 2011 as an Xbox 360 game with Kinect functionality, has been reworked for the next Xbox.

Apparently Ryse is pitched as "Microsoft's new Gears of War / Halo mega launch title".

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Xbox 360 SmartGlass app launches free this week

Xbox 360 SmartGlass app launches free this week

Compatible games include Forza Horizon, Dance Central 3.

The free Xbox 360 SmartGlass app arrives this week and lets players stream and share content across Microsoft devices.

The app brings SmartGlass functionality to Xbox 360 on 26th October, Microsoft's Major Nelson stated, the day Windows 8 launches. Apps for other platforms - Windows 8 PCs, tablets and smartphones - will follow.

Initially you can hook up your Microsoft device while using the new Xbox Video and Xbox Music services. These are widely available from today, when the new Xbox 360 dashboard update begins the next and final stage of its roll-out.

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Forza Horizon Rally Expansion due 18th December

Forza Horizon Rally Expansion due 18th December

Costs 1600 Microsoft Points (£13.60), or part of £34 Season Pass.

Forza Horizon's first major slice of DLC will be the Rally Expansion Pack, developer Playground Games has announced.

The add-on will be available to download from 18th December, priced 1600 Microsoft Points (about £13.60).

Alternatively, it comes free when you stump up 4000 Microsoft Points (£34) for the game's DLC Season Pass.

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Forza Horizon demo live now

Events and a bit of the map to explore.

The Forza Horizon demo is out now (1.57 GB). You can grab it from the Xbox Marketplace if you're a Gold member. It goes live for non-Gold subscribers next week.

Microsoft line-up announced for Eurogamer Expo

EGXMicrosoft line-up announced for Eurogamer Expo

Fable, Gears of War: Judgment and Dance Central 3 join Halo 4 and Forza Horizon on the show floor.

Right. Can't remember if we've mentioned this, but we're doing a show at Earls Court in London next week. It's called the Eurogamer Expo. (Bit pretentious?) Anyway, we hope some of you will come. To help make it more interesting, we've asked Microsoft to bring everything they have in development for Xbox 360 for you to play. They said yes.

So, if you come along you'll be able to sample Halo 4 Infinity Multiplayer, Forza Horizon, Fable: The Journey for Kinect, Gears of War: Judgment's OverRun multiplayer mode, and Dance Central 3, plus various Xbox Live games.

We're also told that "the Mountain Dew crew" will be distributing drinks to people throughout the show. Presumably they'll be distributing Mountain Dew, unless that label is just a massive coincidence.

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Season pass confirmed for Forza Horizon

Season pass confirmed for Forza Horizon

Monthly DLC and big December expansion inbound.

Turn 10 and Playground's forthcoming open world racer Forza Horizon will be receiving monthly DLC updates, and it'll be getting a full expansion pack on 18th December.

Which isn't too dissimilar to what its predecessor Forza Motorsport 4 does, really. Like Forza 4, the monthly DLC updates will take the form of car packs, and like Forza 4 they'll be available either individually or can be drip-fed through Turn 10's petrol-teat via a Season Pass.

Forza Horizon's a collaboration between Turn 10 and Playground, a new UK studio formed of veterans from the racing scene. It's also to utilize a Kinect feature that allows you to control the GPS unit by voice alone, proving that the future of motion control is perhaps just about moving your mouth around a bit until noises come out.

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EGXForza Horizon developer session at Eurogamer Expo

Ralph Fulton showing it off. Game also playable on the show floor.

MY WORK IS NEARLY COMPLETE. Yes, as soon as two more people give me sign-off then I can tell you about the remaining secret treasures that will soon occupy the lingering gaps on this year's Eurogamer Expo developer sessions schedule page.

Forza Horizon release date announced

Forza Horizon release date announced

UPDATE: E3 trailer shows first gameplay.

Forza Horizon made its official debut at Microsoft's E3 conference and duly had a release date slapped on it, with Playground and Turn 10's open world racer coming on October 23.

While few concrete details have emerged on Forza Horizon - a collaboration between Turn 10 and Playground, a new studio headed up by former Codemasters staff - a new trailer seemed to confirm it as an open world racer that takes place in the wilds of the American west.

We'll have a full blowout on the game coming your way as Microsoft's conference wraps up at 7pm BST.

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Forza looking to hit 'annual cadence'

Series looking to rival F1 and NASCAR in popularity.

The announcement of Forza Horizon sees Microsoft's driving series moving towards annual releases - and Turn 10's Dan Greenawalt says it's his ambition for Forza to be as big as both NASCAR and F1.

Forza Horizon announced for 2012

Forza Horizon announced for 2012

Playground Games joins the Forza world for new game.

Forza Horizon, a new game developed by Playground Games, has been announced, and will be coming to Xbox 360 this autumn.

Details on the game, announced at Microsoft's Spring Showcase, remain thin on the ground, although speculation has it down as an open world racer in the mold of Test Drive Unlimited.

Questions regarding the nature of Forza Horizon were swiftly dodged. "I don't believe it's against the ethos of Forza to do a lot of different things," said Greenwalt. When asked whether Horizon would offer a sim-based driving experience at 60fps - two things that have to date defined the series - his answer was equally vague.

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