Microsoft hasn’t had much luck with keeping its internal projects a secret, especially after a massive leak originating from NeoGAF surged across the Internet. One game in particular that stood out was the rumor of Forza Horizon 2 arriving in September, and it turns out that the game itself was legitimately in development because Microsoft has officially unveiled it — confirming that it will be arriving this Fall on both Xbox One and 360.
Revealing Forza Horizon 2 exclusively through IGN, the box art for the game and the new car that will be featured on it were showcased. None other than the 2015 Lamborghini HuracÃ¡n will be the poster boy for the new title, but the news didn’t stop there as it was confirmed that developer behind the original Forza Horizon, Playground Games (in conjunction with Turn 10), is responsible for the new sequel.
It was also confirmed that the long awaited weather system will be implemented into the next Forza iteration, as will the Drivatar system that debuted in Forza Motorsport 5. Previously leaked concept art don’t do any justice to the locales featured in the new racer either, as it has now been confirmed that the entire game will take place in Southern Europe instead of the swampy, Louisiana vistas that were previously rumored.
Understandably excited about the new project, Horizon 2‘s creative director, Ralph Fulton, stated that the two studios currently working in tandem “share this belief that we can create a true home for racing fans on Xbox One.” Noble admirations indeed, and from the sounds of the new mechanics being implemented into the final product, it’s entirely possible that fans will receive just that later this year.
The only questionable aspect of Fulton’s comments are whether or not Turn 10 and Playground Games will be able to deliver a truly next-gen racing title when there’s also the intent to release Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox 360. While that debate is sure to rage on until a trailer of the game in action is released, it’s an interesting note to take away from the announcement for the time being.
Fans of Forza, or the racing genre in general, can look forward to more details about Horizon 2 pulling up at E3 2014.
Forza Horizon 2 will be arriving on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in Fall 2014.
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