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All Articles: Forza Motorsport 5
Microsoft has plenty of Forza news for fans of the franchise at their 2014 E3 Press Conference. First, the Forza Motorsport 5 team has announced that the world-famous Nurburgring track will be available as a free download starting today.
After that, the Forza Horizon 2 team revealed that the game will run at a blistering 1080p when its released for the Xbox One on September 30. The Xbox 360 edition, which is being developed by Sumo Digital, will also be available on that date.
It looks like the Xbox One + TitanFall Bundle that launches next week won’t be the only special edition package available as Microsoft has announced they plan to release a second Xbox One bundle next week.
According to Major Nelson, Microsoft plans to bundle the Xbox One console with a download code for Forza Motorsport 5 beginning next week. The racing simulation, which was originally released on November 22 alongside the Xbox One’s launch, is one of the next-gen console’s best reviewed games.
Like the current Xbox One package and the TitanFall bundle, The Xbox One + Forza Motorsport 5 Bundle will be priced at $499.99 and it will only be available for a “limited time.”
Microsoft has announced that Forza Motorsport 5 will continue the franchise’s tradition of peerless post-release support. The game will receive new Car Packs every month that feature ten different cars each.
The first add-on, the LaFerrari Car Pack, will be released on November 22 alongside the game and the Xbox One console. Subsequent packs will be added to the Xbox Live Store in January through March during the first week of the month with additional packs planned for release later in 2014. But if you’re only interested in a particular car, don’t worry, Forza 5 owners will be able to purchase individual cars “a la carte.”
For those of you who are avid car fans and already know you’re going to want to test out every car available, you can pick up the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass. The Car Pass will give you access to the first six Car Packs for $49.99, or 18% cheaper than purchasing them individually.
[Source: Xbox Wire]
Fans of the BBC import Top Gear know all about The Stig. The mysterious character in the white racing suit never blinks, is wanted by the CIA, and yadda yadda yadda. He is probably better known than the show’s hosts (Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May) and he sets near-impossible lap times on the program’s Test Track. And if you purchase Forza Motorsport 5 for the Xbox One, you’ll be able to challenge his “Digital Cousin” to a race.
Forza Motorsport 5 and the Xbox One will launch on November 22. The Stig is waiting.
PAX Prime practically takes place in Microsoft’s backyard and the consolemaker will have a large presence at the show, taking over three booths (#412, #422, and #432) and a hefty chunk of the Washington State Convention Center. But they only plan to have eight games on display, and one of them is on loan from Electronic Arts.
Four Xbox One games will be playable on the show floor including Crytek’s Ryse: Son of Rome, Turn 10’s Forza Motorsport 5, Double Helix’s Killer Instinct reboot, and DICE’s Battlefield 4.
Microsoft also plans to erect a massive theater in their booth that will showcase developer-guided demos of four additional games on a 30-minute rotation. The rotation includes new looks at Rare’s Kinect Sports Rivals:, Capcom’s Dead Rising 3, the game creation game Project Spark, and the lone Xbox 360 game in their booth, Fable Anniversary. According to Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb, “other surprises” may be in store for the Xbox booth as well.
This year’s PAX Prime expo runs from August 30 through September 2. More details on all of the demos can be found after the break. (more…)
The Turn 10 Studios Twitter account posted a preview of the Forza Motorsport 5 box design today. It’s also our first look at the box art of any Xbox One game.
The “Xbox Green” box used for Xbox 360 games has been replaced by a darker shade of green and the simple stripe along the top is a nice touch. Gone is all that “Xbox Live” and “Better With Kinect” verbiage because every Xbox One console will include a Kinect sensor and require access to Xbox Live. Those decisions may not be winning Microsoft any friends on the Intertubes, but it certainly makes for nice box art.
Now, let’s hope Microsoft opens up about the Xbox One’s used games situation next…