During Microsoft’s E3 2016 Press Conference, Playground Games announced the return of the well-received Forza Horizon franchise. Straying away from the locales of the past titles, Forza Horizon 3 will be based in Australia, and the developer is calling the outback-based setting its “largest and most diverse” open world experience yet. The trailer certainly shows this off in spades, with cars racing along both water-filled beachfronts and long stretches of highway.
To coincide with this literal off-the-beaten-path location, the series is introducing several off-road vehicles into the lineup, though that isn’t to say the traditional high performance vehicles are being left in the dust. The game will feature over 350 vehicles, including the notable debut of the 2017 Lamborghini Centenario.
Interested fans can take a gander at the official E3 2016 trailer below:
The game will support cross-play between Windows 10 and Xbox One users, although it wasn’t the only E3 2016-based title confirmed to do so. Earlier on the presentation, The Coalition Studio head Rod Fergusson took to the stage and confirmed Gears of War 4 would also be doing the same, which means the potential player base for several Xbox one titles is poised to dramatically grow. As it stands, only Rocket League players are currently able to compete between Xbox One and Windows 10, but soon Horizon will join this growing library.
Players will also be able to enjoy a series first co-op campaign with up to four other players, though Playground Games Creative Director Ralph Fulton declined to go more in-depth about the new feature. In tandem with the largest ever selection of vehicles in the Horizon series, the game certainly looks to be on track due the series justice. We were quite happy with Forza Horizon 2 when we played it, and it looks like Playground Games has moved everything to an even bigger scale.
The title will be the second Forza title to reach the PC platform, with free-to-play title Forza Motorsport 6: Apex arriving in open beta last month.
With some great time lapse scenery and a two minute demonstration of the setting, the Forza Horizon 3 E3 2016 trailer has done a good job introducing fans both new and old to the latest Horizon title. We can only hope the rest of the content is just as polished, but in either event, we’ll keep you posted as more news about the game comes from Playground Games.
Are you interested in Horizon 3 at all, Ranters?
Forza Horizon 3 is scheduled to race onto the scene September 27 for Xbox One and Windows 10.