Forza Horizon 3 Confirmed for Xbox One, PC – Set in Massive Australian Open World


Microsoft and Playground Games have announced Forza Horizon 3 at their E3 2016 press conference.

The latest in their ongoing racing sim franchise is set for a September 27th release on both Windows 10 PC and Xbox One. Featured above, you can view the game’s reveal trailer.

Forza Horizon 3 is set within a massive open Australian world, the largest to date by Playground Games. Fans can expect the biggest roster of cars ever in the series, as well as extreme terrains, four player cooperative, and more.

If you pre-order the “Ultimate Edition,” you’ll get a Bonus Car Pack, a Car Pass, a VIP Membership, and more – plus early access to the game on September 23rd.

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  1. Dr. Roswell. W
    Dr. Roswell. W
    June 19, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    > massive open Australian world

    Is the game going to tax the hell out of you for owning it?

  2. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 19, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    >Open world racer

    And into the trash

  3. Narmy
    June 19, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Even racing games are going open world now? I want this trend to end.

  4. vonSanneck
    June 19, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    That’s the Forza Horizon Series in a nutshell.

  5. scemar
    June 19, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Open world in racing games should always be treated as a feature, but not as the basis for the game.

    If I can’t boot up the game and hit a race whenever I want and only focus on the racing without having to bother about race start points and routes and having to drive to the races I can’t enjoy it.

    Hello burnout paradise. You could have been so fun with a standard interface system like the previous games.

  6. scemar
    June 19, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    rip burnout
    dead by open world, at least it rests in paradise now

  7. Mr0303
    June 19, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Just think of all the exotic animals you can run over.

  8. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    June 19, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Horizon is alright.

  9. No_Good_Names_Ever
    June 19, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Post apocalyptic story mode confirmed.

  10. No_Good_Names_Ever
    June 19, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Why target the animals when you can target the Australian government?

  11. No_Good_Names_Ever
    June 19, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Next stops on your trip through hell:
    Open World Tactical Role Playing Games
    Open World Tetris
    Open World Fighting game

  12. Neojames82
    June 19, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Good lord…I guess open world games is this decade’s FPS from ten years ago where it is going to be over-saturated and most of them are going to be garbage.

  13. Zombie_Barioth
    June 20, 2016 at 12:15 am

    I could have sworn we had already went through this phase, I guess it was only the beginning.

    Even the next Zelda is open world, not that I’m complaining, its just funny that Nintendo just so happened to wind up on the bandwagon. Its something they’ve wanted to do since OoT.

  14. Guin
    June 20, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Can’t say I like it. Open World Games tend to have little structure and it gets overwhelming for those who prefer to follow a sequence of events to progress like me.

  15. Guin
    June 20, 2016 at 12:27 am

    >Open World Fighting Game

    Tales of series in a nutshell

  16. tetrisdork
    June 20, 2016 at 12:38 am

    For those of you who get triggered by the phrase “open-world”, MS has been doing open-world Forza since 2012. They have been alternating the mainline Forza Motorsport series with the bit more arcade-y Forza Horizon games every year (2012 – Horizon, 2013 – Motorsport 5, 2014 – Horizon 2, 2015 – Motorsport 6). It is good to have a bit of variety every once in a while, and sometimes you get people into the main series via the spinoff; heck, after playing Horizon 1 on my 360 years ago, I wound up getting the Forza 6 Xbone last year before going into Horizon 2. And I enjoy them both. If Sony made a decent Horizon clone out of the Gran Tourismo engine, I would not be giving GT Sport a lot of flack.

    Also, the Horizon series has been made by a supergroup of UK racing devs. Seriously, Playground Games is made up of talents from Codemasters, Black Rock, Criterion, and Bizarre Creations.

  17. tetrisdork
    June 20, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Uh, it’s last game was Burnout Crash. Besides, the real reason was because of those Need For Speed plebs.

  18. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 20, 2016 at 12:54 am

    People are getting triggered about open world racing games because it means no environmental variety. And in a racing game that’s a god damn crime against humanity.

  19. tetrisdork
    June 20, 2016 at 1:15 am

    That is like, your opinion man. And I do enjoy non open-world racing games. Heck, I bought both Blur and Split Second when they came out and wished both had sequels – especially Split Second with its cliffhanger of an ending. But I also like the comfy nature of open-world racers like Burnout Paradise and the Horizon series, driving around in realized fictional places like Paradise City and fake Europe really fast in expensive cars while dodging traffic and walls.

  20. tetrisdork
    June 20, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Open World Just Dance 2018 confirmed for next year’s Ubisoft E3 presser.

  21. Neojames82
    June 20, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Zelda as an open world game, I can see that. Because as you said, you kinda saw that even back in OoT. It is an adventure game so it is very logical that an open world setting could work.

    But with racing games??? No…didn’t really care for it in Burnout Paradise and it just doesn’t click with me.

  22. Neojames82
    June 20, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Ugh, Paradise was such a letdown and most likely the last real Burnout game we’ll ever have again.

  23. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    June 20, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Even before OoT. The original game was open world (at least as open world as a 1986 NES game could be), then the sequels were gradually becoming more linear.

  24. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    June 20, 2016 at 2:28 am

    It’s probably worse than the fps fad, since open worlds can be applied to far more kinds of games, you couldn’t CoD-ifiy Forza.

  25. Zombie_Barioth
    June 20, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Its not just OoT, the N64 DD version was really ambitious. They wanted a real-time open world and everything. That’s where the day/night system came from. Heck, they wanted footprints that disappear in real time.

    Anyway, this kinda reminds me of online multiplayer, how suddenly everything HAD to have it, because “nobody wants single player anymore”.

    Same argument applies here too, not every game needs to be open world.

  26. scemar
    June 20, 2016 at 2:31 am

    another franchise that dies thanks to EA’s miss management

  27. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 20, 2016 at 3:49 am

    Not everyone had immense shit taste, sorry to say.

  28. Evropi
    June 20, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Need For Speed: Most Wanted and Carbon were open world, and they were fucking awesome.

  29. Evropi
    June 20, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Johnny Depp, is that you?

  30. Evropi
    June 20, 2016 at 6:19 am

    You haven’t even played these games. You have jack shit to back your opinion (NOT objective fact) up with. Quit it.

  31. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 20, 2016 at 7:13 am

    The Most Wanted reboot could’ve been great if it weren’t for its needless open world.

  32. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 20, 2016 at 7:14 am

    And looks like neither do you.

    And how do you know I haven’t played these games? Hm? Wheres your precious Objective facts, Phoenix!?

  33. Feniks
    June 20, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Lol not PC.

    Windows Store.

    It’s the reason why MS doesn’t care about their console anymore.

  34. Evropi
    June 20, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Indeed I haven’t, but I will take the word of someone who has over someone who hasn’t. :) It was an observation, I didn’t insert any argument myself. You, however, did, and a poor argument at that.

  35. Evropi
    June 20, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Was referring to the original actually, I didn’t play the reboot. :P

  36. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 20, 2016 at 8:36 am

    A poor argument is still an argument and if you refuse to refute it (And in that case how is it even poor) then you fucking lose it, chump.

    Also what makes you think I haven’t played it? You never answered that.

  37. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 20, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Well looky there now I know you didn’t play the 2005 Most Wanted. It wasn’t open world.

    EDIT: And as it turns out there were some versions of the game that were open world. Whoopsies.

  38. Evropi
    June 20, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I don’t think anyone lost anything, you never made a real argument in the first place. tetrisdork wins by default because he backed up what he said, while you are talking out your arse. No, you haven’t played Forza Horizon 1 or 2, your other comments say as much. Don’t go changing your tune.

  39. Evropi
    June 20, 2016 at 8:40 am

    It was a while ago I guess, but I think it did have a free-roam mode of some sort where cops chased you? I think you’re right though, it did allow you to directly jump into content without driving across the city first.

  40. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    June 20, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Dunno why people get triggered by that phrase. I absolutely adore open-world racing games. It’s a real tragedy to me that there have been no great substitute for Burnout Paradise since it was released… almost eight years ago, I believe.

  41. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 20, 2016 at 9:06 am

    You’re telling me open world design only causes one type of environment to race through isn’t a fucking argument?

    Holy hell that is just bad taste on your part.

  42. Aken Bosch
    Aken Bosch
    June 20, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Mad max DLC?

  43. Smug
    June 20, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Open-world would have a different connotation if the industry wasnt so shit overall these days.

    8 years ago, things were a lot different back then

  44. Smug
    June 20, 2016 at 9:12 am

    >haha you didnt play the games
    >I dont have any proof for that claim but I’ll prefer to suck the cock of the guy who share my vidya tastes
    >hahaha we fags won

  45. Evropi
    June 20, 2016 at 9:43 am

    You just made the same argument that you were making fun of.

    You made the same argument in greentext at that, presumably because are too dumb to form a proper sentence.

  46. tetrisdork
    June 20, 2016 at 9:57 am

    You know what? The one type of environment thing can be debunked depending on the game. Horizon 1 was in a visual representation of Colorado, or Fake Colorado as I would call it. It had some variety: a dam section where you would race around it, a desert mountain section, a town, and scenic nature roads you see in car ads. There was a bit of environmental variety. Same with Horizon 2’s rendering of the French and Italian coastline. Hills, farmland, forests, the dried-up river due to the nearby dam, ruins, old towns, and modern areas like Nice add variety, along with a weather system. Heck, if you saw the Horizon 3 trailer, there was a lot of unique locations for its fake Australia. In other words, not every open world game has to be Midnight Club.

    Besides, as I said in my original post, MS alternates between the mainline Forza Motorsport series and the spinoff Horizon games every year. Pending any unannounced side project, expect Motorsport 7 in 2017.

  47. Smug
    June 20, 2016 at 9:59 am

    >tetrisdork wins by default because i upvoted him like a good redditfag

  48. Feniks
    June 20, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    No you’re arrested for disturbing sacred Aboriginal grave sites and spend the rest of the game in a jail cell with Johny Depp.

  49. djluke_1993
    June 20, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I honestly don’t know why people even greentexting online at all. Though I suppose the people from 4Chan take awhile to adjust from there.

  50. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    June 20, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Horizon has always been Open World though.
    They didnt do it due to the trend.
    I agree with the sentiment though.

  51. Andrew Krasy
    Andrew Krasy
    June 21, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Need For Speed Underground 2 came out in 2004

  52. No_Good_Names_Ever
    June 21, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Mad Max, Mad Max 2, and Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome DLC.
    Fury Road is free.

  53. Illatouch
    June 21, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    that’s what dlc is for. horizon 2 was damn good and the expansions were great. its on my worth buying list.

  54. Illatouch
    June 21, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    they made that golf destruction game

  55. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 21, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    No. I also don’t buy incomplete games.