Microsoft announces 'Forza Horizon 2' for Xbox One, Xbox 360

Microsoft must have big plans for E3, because the company continued its trend of making major announcements ahead of the show by announcing "Forza Horizon 2" for Xbox One and Xbox 360 today.

Speaking to IGN, Microsoft personnel said the new entry in its long-running racing series will be an open-world game developed by Playground Games, the studio behind the original "Forza Horizon." The game will be released "this fall," though an exact date wasn't revealed. Not much information about the game was provided beyond the fact that it will introduce a weather system and take place in southern Europe.

Microsoft's announcement of "Forza Horizon 2" follows an updated look at Xbox One exclusives "Sunset Overdrive" and "Quantum Break," the latter of which isn't expected to make a big appearance at E3. The announcement also notably follows Microsoft's decision to sell the Xbox One without Kinect for $399 beginning June 9 as well as its announcement that most apps will no longer require an Xbox Live Gold subscription for use.

E3 takes place June 10-12, with Microsoft's press conference slated for 9 a.m. June 9. It's believed Microsoft will announce a compilation of high-definition Halo games re-released for Xbox One at the show; it will also likely show off "Halo 5: Guardians," the first original Halo game for the Xbox One.

Source: IGN | Image via IGN

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Hopefully this will see open world addons rather than just a completely separate, stage-based (no exploration) DLC like the Rally Pack was. Though I did thoroughly enjoy the Rally xpack.

I could not ever get an acceptable setup for my 360 controller on the PC for this game. After beta testing (and actually being included in the game!) the PS2 version, I was very disappointed in the sequel.

JHBrown said,
Which is a better game? Forza Horizon or Forza 5?

Different kinds of games so you can't really compare them directly. Horizon is open world and more arcade style racing similar to Project Gotham if you have ever played that. The handling is still good but not like a simulation game.

Forza 5 is basically Gran Turismo on the Xbox.

If you want a new PGR get Horizon, if you want Gran Turismo get Forza 5.

shozilla said,

FM5

That's debatable. I liked FM5 but FH was a totally different beast so it's not as easy as saying one is "better". That's like asking which music genre is better. I'd say I had more fun with Horizon since it was more "open world" but enjoyed the competition of FM more. To me both are a good ying for the others yang.

One thing I really hate about Horizon is that it has micro transactions for things to make the game go a little quicker in places which really ###### me off :(

pcweber111 said,

That's debatable. I liked FM5 but FH was a totally different beast so it's not as easy as saying one is "better". That's like asking which music genre is better. I'd say I had more fun with Horizon since it was more "open world" but enjoyed the competition of FM more. To me both are a good ying for the others yang.

I know what you meant but I played FH but it is boring to me. I play FM5 more. I would like to have Test Unlimited 3 but they use The Crew instead that I looked at youtube video and I hate it. I have TU and TU2.

shozilla said,

I know what you meant but I played FH but it is boring to me. I play FM5 more. I would like to have Test Unlimited 3 but they use The Crew instead but I looked at youtube video and I hate it. I have TU and TU2.

Yeah same here. I really enjoyed TU2 and wish we would get another one. It was a true open world racer. Horizon disappointed a bit after I got to play it when I realized that even though the world was open you were mainly confined to the roads (aside from some shortcuts and the golf course. Maybe being set in Europe will open the world up a bit more? The more like TU the game is the better imo.

bithush said,
One thing I really hate about Horizon is that it has micro transactions for things to make the game go a little quicker in places which really ###### me off :(

So does Forza 5. I hate it in races with Drivatars and all the other cars seem to be DLC cars. I'm not paying double what the games worth just for car/season packs or XP levelling!

Microtransactions give opponents with money to burn an edge and they should DIE!!

Ugh! Come on! Loved FH1 but we need to move on to next gen only!
Supporting the older 360 only limits the potential of the game.

I'm really starting to wonder what they'll show during E3. Horizon was a game that most people had predicted but I thought they'd have announced it at E3. Enjoyed the first game so looking forward to this one.

dipsylalapo said,
I'm really starting to wonder what they'll show during E3. Horizon was a game that most people had predicted but I thought they'd have announced it at E3. Enjoyed the first game so looking forward to this one.

Yeah, makes you think, if they're already telling us about this and some other stuff then what do they have for surprises at E3? It's pretty interesting, they could have a good number of new stuff maybe and are going to drop a few sequels now maybe?

Hopefully they're just getting the predictable games and sequels out of the way and leaving the really interesting stuff for next week. 7 days left!