Racing fans are mere hours away from getting their hands on the next iteration of Playground Games’ racing series: Forza Horizon 3 (unless you own the Ultimate Edition, which is already out). With all of the excitement surrounding the newest game, Microsoft took a moment to updated players on the standing of the original Forza Horizon. Effective October 20th, Forza Horizon will reach ‘End of Life’ status.
Essentially, when a game reaches ‘End of Life’ status, it means that the game will no longer be supported via updates, content drops, and, in most cases, online/multiplayer capabilities. It also means that unless you buy a physical copy of the game, you will no longer be able to purchase any game which has reached their ‘End of Life’. In the case of Forza Horizon, this extends to the base game, and all downloadable content and content drops (the cars, the maps, basically everything), which will disappear from the Xbox Store’s digital archives October 20th. For those of you who own a digital copy of Forza Horizon already, through purchasing it or downloading it as part of the Games with Gold program earlier this month, your game is safe. According to a blog posted by Microsoft:
“Players who own Forza Horizon before that date will still be able to download and play the game and its associated content as normal. After that date, however, Forza Horizon and its associated DLC will no longer be for sale.”
For those of you eagerly anticipating the newest racing game/festival management simulator, Forza Horizon 3 releases to players tomorrow, September 27th and has received nearly universal praise. The Forza Horizon branch of the Forza Racing games substitutes the precise racing simulation (similar to PlayStation exculsive Grand Turismo series), and instead emphasizes more on the action paced racing formula more akin to the Need for Speed series.