Forza Horizon 2 is going from the mountains of Colorado to Europe. The developers decided to change the setting after a poll, where Europe came up as the place people most wanted to see represented. Since Europe is known for great music festivals, the key motif in the original game, it fit the project like a glove. The original Horizon had a fictional universe with fake drivers, but with the drivatar technology, they don’t need to rely on the fictional character names anymore. You’ll have rivals, but they’ll be formed in races. This is fantastic news as the storytelling and full character models in Horizon were equally horrible.
The soundtrack was amazing though, and there will now be twice as much licensed music as before, with the original Horizon’s composer being brought back to make original stuff here too. The open-world racing setup with the heavily-online component evokes memories of the Test Drive Unlimited games instantly, although the Forza engine being used for it ensures that the game will play far better. The Forza physics system being sim-heavy might make people a bit squirrely about a more casual entry, but the original didn’t allow you to tune things as much as before. Horizon 2 will bring that aspect back, but if you don’t want to get into that kind of thing, you’ll still have the ability to do auto-upgrades suggested by the game. Forza Horizon 2 is due out on September 30 on both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.