Racers, start your engines. You’re about to go racing on the same level as Vin Diesel and company.
Today, Microsoft has released a new game for its Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious. The game is a spin-off of the popular Forza Horizon 2 racer that released last September, although it’s not needed to play Fast & Furious, as it’s a standalone release.
In this open-world driving game, players can use a number of cars from the Fast & Furious racing franchise, including the 900 horsepower 1970 Dodge Charger and an armored 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, as they race across the European countryside, accepting new challenges and acquiring vehicles featured from previous films. Along the way, the film series’ automotive expert, Tej Parker (played by Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges) will provide guidance and advice.
The game is not only a promotional tie-in with the popular Forza series, but also with Universal Pictures’ forthcoming Furious 7, which releases on April 3rd. The film brings back most of the cast from the franchise, including the late Paul Walker in his final film appearance, and adds popular action superstar Jason Statham as the main bad guy. The trailer for the film can be found below.
Better still, Microsoft is offering this racing action for free, but only for a limited time. After April 10th, it’ll go back up in price to $9.99, but that gives players more than enough opportunity to download it and race against their friends online, along with tackling the single player challenges.
This is a promotion that benefits both Microsoft and Universal, combining their racing franchises into one unique experience that players of all skill levels can enjoy. “It’s kind of been a grand experiment,” said Alan Hartman, studio head for Turn 10 Studios, the key developers in the Forza franchise. “I hope what we’re doing here is a model for what we do in the future. It’s been a great relationship, and I don’t want to end it after this, so we’ll see what’s possible in the future.”
It’s one that’ll certainly benefit players – especially those that feel the need for speed. The game can be downloaded here for Xbox One, and here for Xbox 360. The trailer for the spin-off can be seen below