Forza Horizon 2 is Today’s Intentional E3 Leak from Microsoft
Playground Studios, maker of the surprisingly fun Forza Horizon, announced today, via IGN that the rumored sequel is indeed a reality and will be shown at next week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Forza Horizon 2 will be a joint venture with Playground Studios and the Forza Motorsports series maker Turn 10 Studios and will have a version of its big brother’s Drivatar feature-set.
The game will feature hundreds of vehicles headlined by the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan. Like its predecessor, the centerpiece is the Horizon Music festival so expect to hear lots of great tracks as you drive around the vistas of southern Europe. A weather system is also scheduled to make its debut; a first for a Forza game. Forza Horizon 2 is scheduled to be released on the Xbox One and the Xbox 360 this fall. Sumo Digital will be making the 360 version while the folks at Playground run lead development for the Xbox One.
This announcement pushes yet another game out of the rumor category and into the confirmed column for E3 which begs the question: “What’s left for Microsoft at E3?”. Quantum Break has been pushed to 2015 and is rumored to not have a big presence, if any, at E3. Sunset Overdrive released several gameplay videos in advance of their press conference demo. Now Forza Horizon 2 is being announced early? How many other exclusive titles can we expect to see from Redmond come their June 9th press conference? It’s been confirmed that there will be a 2014 release within the Halo series but whether it’s the suspected Halo 2 Anniversary or the rumored Halo:The Master Chief Collection is anyone’s guess. Is this really enough to garner the mindshare of the gamers and other onlookers for arguably the biggest gaming news day of the year? I don’t think so.
It’s already known that the Sony first-party title, The Order:1886, has been delayed to 2015, leaving the one exclusive title that we know about from the Japanese game maker being the already delayed Drive Club. The news of the Sony delays put Microsoft in a very good position, seemingly desperate for positive momentum, going into E3 but it looks like they’re unnecessarily deflating their own hype balloon by announcing so many things early. Are you still excited for the E3 console press conferences? What games would you like to see that haven’t been announced/confirmed as of yet? Let us know in the comments below.