Late last night, in addition to Nintendo’s big announcements surrounding their future, several high profile Microsoft rumors hit that seemed too good to be true. First came word that not only was Microsoft planning a Halo 2 Anniversary, but also that Xbox One ports of Halo 3 and Halo 4 were on the way. And then shortly after that came the rumor that a white version of the Xbox One console would hit sometime this year, alongside a Titanfall-themed console.
Now, the latest rumor — all from the same tipster, mind you — suggests that Forza Horizon 2 is on the way to Xbox One. Moreover, if the unknown source is to be believed, the sequel might hit in September of this year.
After the previously mentioned Halo rumors hit, many NeoGAF forum members took to grilling the tipster in the hopes of getting info about their favorite Microsoft franchise. One user then asked whether another Forza Horizon title was in our future, to which the source replied:
Fall 2014, probably September.
Super sexy weather system and… shit tons of co-op/social stuff. 1080P and open-world, so you can road trip with
Obviously, there isn’t much to go on, but if the source is legitimate, then it looks like gamers disappointed by Forza Motorsport 5 won’t have too long to wait for a follow-up. One of the main criticisms raised towards Forza 5 was its lack of dynamic track environments (weather, day/night, etc.), so it makes sense that a “super sexy weather system” would be a focal point for Forza Horizon 2.
Similarly, those who were keen on Horizon‘s more arcade style approach to simulation racing should be happy they have a high-resolution title in their future. Though there are plenty of sim racing fans out there, there are equally as many gamers who love the visceral nature of a racing game but dislike the unforgiving nature of simulation-style races.
It also sounds like Horizon 2 will be adopting a concept similar to Ubisoft’s The Crew or, to a lesser extent, Need for Speed: Rivals where players can interact with an open world racing environment. Being able to “road trip with your bros” certainly has some value, but it’s yet to be seen how such a feature will be executed.
As with all previously reported Microsoft rumors, these Forza Horizon 2 details should be taken with a grain of salt. The source seems to have quite the bevy of inside information, but there’s no guarantee whether said information is legitimate. This isn’t the first we’ve heard of a Forza Horizon sequel either, so the source is not treading shaky ground. The good news is, provided the game is targeting a fall release, we likely won’t have to wait long to find out if Forza Horizon 2 is real.
Do you think there will be a Forza Horizon 2? What are you hopes for the sequel?