In addition to the 350+ vehicles already revealed for Forza Horizon 3, Playground Games is unveiling one final surprise, just for Halo fans: the Halo 5 Warthog.
Forza Horizon 3 has gone gold, moving onto the process of manufacturing retails boxes and delivering those to retailers prior to the racing game's launch on September 27. Featuring over 350 drivable vehicles, this Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive title has spent the past six weeks introducing every single one of them to prospective players. Developer Playground Games saved one last surprise for today, though. Introducing the special, and limited, Halo 5 Warthog.
This version of the Halo 5 Warthog (referred to in-game as the 2554 AMG Transport Dynamics M12S Warthog CST) is a civilian transport and lacks tried and true weaponry. What's that mean in layman's terms? The developers took the turret off. Okay, so maybe it's a bit more in-depth than that – this is Forza after all:
"What it may lack in brute force – you won’t find a turret on this version – it more than makes up for with its 720 bhp twin turbo V8, making it significantly faster than its FAV counterpart. The Warthog CST in Forza Horizon 3 is also ideally suited for the rough and tumble landscape of Australia. With the most advanced suspension in Forza Horizon 3 (with more than 70 cm of suspension travel), plus advanced dampening, you won’t find the combination of power and stability like this anywhere else in the Horizon Festival."
Unfortunately, the Halo 5 Warthog won't simply be on the disc of Forza Horizon 3. After all, this is something special for the fans of both games. Rather than coming on-disc, the Warthog will be delivered as a free download to all those who have played either Halo 5: Guardians or Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Codes will begin to be delivered as early as September 5th. For everyone else, there will be another opportunity to unlock the Warthog. All that the Xbox team is willing to say on that matter is that fans should pay attention to the October #Forzathon event.
Delivered along with the announcement is a new trailer showcasing the civilian transport version of the Warthog in both Halo 5: Guardians and Forza Horizon 3. If readers made the mistake of assuming the first Warthog shown in the trailer is the Forza version, that's understandable as Halo 5: Guardians is a great looking game. After the trailer segues into the second half, the true Warthog is shown and there's little doubt that those Forza Horizon 3 visuals are stellar.
PlayGround Games had a handful of additional announcements today as well. There's the reveal of all Forza Horizon 3 achievements, then comes the official PC specifications needed for the Windows 10 version of the game, and finally there's the languages supported in the hotly anticipated racing title. Eager fans can head over to the official Forza Horizon 3 news posting for all of those details and more.
Forza Horizon 3 is coming to both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs on September 27, 2016 ( or September 23, 2016 for Ultimate Edition purchasers). The Halo 5: Guardians Warthog is exclusive to those who have played either Halo 5: Guardians or Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One.