By Patrick Rall
Microsoft has just dropped the first in-game screenshot of Forza
Horizon along with the cover artwork for the new driving simulator – both of
which feature the 2013 SRT Viper. Little
is known about the next step in the evolution of the Forza series that current rules
the racing video game industry with Forza Motorsport 4 but based on the
comments accompanying the first official teaser shown above, we expect that
this will be a very different type of game compared to FM4.
The 2013 SRT Viper shown on the cover (below) and driving
away from the camera in the first official in-game screenshot of Forza Horizon
appears to be on a public road in a desert-type location although there has
been no indication as to whether Horizon will take place in a real location or
an imaginary land created for this new driving simulator.
In any case, Forza Horizon will likely be a free-roam style
race title where gamers will race the 2013 SRT Viper in the “real world” – as opposed
to on a closed circuit race track. Forza
Motorsport has always been a track-only game but Forza Horizon looks to take a
piece of the racing game segment that has been dominated by the likes of
Midnight Club, Need for Speed and the Test Drive series. It will be interesting to see just how much Forza
Horizon wants to take a shot at the competition with features like police
chases being popular aspects of other “free-roam” games.
Unfortunately, there is still no information when the 2013
SRT Viper will arrive in Forza Motorsport 4 but as an FM4 gamer and a devout
Viper lover – I certainly hope that the Viper Pack for FM4 arrives before the
fall debut of Forza Horizon.