Forza Horizon 3 is an open-world racing simulation video game developed by Playground Studios in collaboration with Turn 10 Studios, who are the owners and the creators of the original Forza Motorsport series, and published by Microsoft Studios for the Microsoft Windows and Xbox One platforms, and was released on these platforms on the 27th of December, 2017 worldwide. It is the third game in the spin-off series of Forza Motorsport titled Forza Horizon, and the ninth title overall in the Forza series.
Forza Horizon is set in a fictional world based on the topographical features of Australia, with the gameplay world being as twice as expansive as it was in the previous title, Forza Horizon 3. The fictional representation of Australia is further set in a festive environment where there are celebrations all around, with locations such as Surfers Paradise, Byron Bay, Yarra Valley and the Outback. Players choose from a wide selection of 350 genuinely branded vehicles—the most ever in a Horizon video game, let alone at launch—and use them to complete various tasks around the world, which includes events such as time drifting, races and a new feature called “Bucketlist Challenges”. In Bucketlist Challenges, players are given a car by the game and set to do a specific task with that car only. Some tasks include reaching a certain speed in a Ford GT before the time runs out, or destroying a set number of billboards. Strewn throughout the world are billboards which reward the player with currency or discount on vehicle upgrades if they are run over.
In the previous games, players assumed the role of one of the racers at the Horizon festival, and they had to gain fans to rise to the top and become the director. However, in Forza Horizon 3, players are straight-off put in the position of director, and their job is to the make the Horizon festival the biggest festival in the world. They can hire or fire other drivers and organize racing events. Players can also customize their look and ethnicity as well as their cars (called “modding”). Players can also play in a co-op campaign mode with four other players, and/or play it cross-platform, being a part of the Xbox Anywhere program.
Forza Horizon 3 has its own currency system called CR. CR is earned by the player by destroying billboards or completing certain tasks. Cars and upgrades can be bought with the use of CRs. The better stats the cars have, the more CRs they require. Prices in cars ranging from the cheapest of 20000 CR to the most expensive of 10000000 CR. CR can also be used to upgrade vehicles parts and stats like speed, steering control, boosts or brake effectiveness. Any upgrade or buying needs to be done from one of the festive sites within the game. Players can also add more events to the festive sites as they progress.
No sequels, prequels or spin-offs to the Horizon series have been announced or released. However, a sequel to the main series Motorsport, titled Forza Horizon 7 is set to be released on October 3, 2017.