Turn 10 Studios has announced that the online services for Forza Horizon and Forza Horizon 2 will be discontinued on August 22. This decision comes as the studio aims to prioritize its current games and allocate resources accordingly. While offline single-player modes will still be accessible, various online features such as matchmaking, leaderboards browsing, and the ability to download user-generated content will no longer be available. This blog post explores the implications of this announcement and reflects on the community’s shared memories and experiences in the Forza Horizon series.
The Impact of the Shutdown:
With the closure of online services, players will bid farewell to the interactive and vibrant online world of Forza Horizon. The absence of matchmaking and leaderboards browsing means that the competitive aspect of the game will be significantly altered. Additionally, the removal of the ability to download user-generated content, including liveries, vinyls, tuning setups, and photos, will limit the creative and collaborative aspects that players enjoyed.
Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious:
In addition to the main titles, Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious will also go offline. This standalone expansion, based on the popular film franchise, provided a unique and thrilling racing experience. However, players who have previously purchased these games will still be able to redownload them at their convenience.
A Message from Turn 10 Studios:
Turn 10 Studios expressed gratitude for the passionate support and dedication shown by the Forza Horizon community over the past decade. The studio acknowledged the fond memories created by players, including road trips, sharing liveries, photos, and tunes, and meeting new friends within the game’s expansive virtual world.
Forza Horizon and Forza Horizon 2 have left an indelible mark on the racing game genre, captivating players with their immersive gameplay and stunning open-world environments. As online services draw to a close, players will reflect on the exhilarating experiences they had exploring Colorado and Southern Europe. The closure of these services signifies a transition for Turn 10 Studios as they focus on their current projects. However, the legacy of Forza Horizon will continue to live on in the hearts of its dedicated fanbase.