New Forza Horizon 4 gameplay showcases spring and reveals scenic Edinburgh

Playground Games and Microsoft showcased another large batch of gameplay featuring the season changing to spring within the Forza Horizon 4 world. Compared to the winter gameplay, the world has become alive with vivid colours and lush vegetation blanketing the land.

The team at Playground Games travelled all around Britain with intricate colour scanners to capture the authentic colour palettes for each individual season to produce close to real-life visuals. During the stream, we saw the reveal of Edinburgh, the scenic Scottish city, with a jump off the iconic hill known as Arthur’s Seat. Edinburgh looks especially eye-watering in both day and night gameplay.

Director Ralph Fulton clarified as to why London isn’t included in the game. The city is “absolutely massive and incredibly unique.” Fulton when on to explain just how much detail would go into recreating a city with so much unique architecture would essentially gobble up all development time set aside for world creation and too little time for any other location within the game. What would be interesting to see, and take the Forza Horizon series to the next level, is if London was released as a completely new experience in the form of DLC. Here’s hoping that it’s in the plans. Edinburgh being much smaller than the English capital city that is both iconic and visually dynamic fits within the Horizon world and “affects the game really well,” according to Fulton.

During the stream the developers also touched on the game’s soundtrack and what we can expect, the Survival mode making a return, and the co-op Team Adventure mode where not all players are required to finish the race in first place because of the team point system. So, you can end up second to last and still contribute to the team’s overall score. They also touched recording sound for the McLaren Senna cover car and a Massey Fergusson 6480 tractor.

For those who are more interested in perhaps raking in the big bucks within the game, Playground Games have confirmed that it will be possible to run a business in Forza Horizon 4, such as a supercar rental business for those who haven’t been able to obtain a McLaren or Bugatti and simply rent one of your supercars to enter an event. Watch the video below and gauge for yourself whether Forza Horizon 4 gets your engine running.

Forza Horizon 4 launches on October 2nd for Xbox One and Windows 10.

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