Tomorrow, December 18th, Forza Horizon is getting its first race-driven DLC with the Rally Expansion Pack, out on Xbox Live Marketplace for 1600 Microsoft Points ($20 USD). The add-on goes well beyond the typical car pack. This one actually changes the game by adding co-drivers who shout rally calls, new stages, new online events, and yes, five new cars.
With the expansion there will be all new point-to-point rally stages that span the game’s fictional Colorado setting. The stages are “full of severe and sudden terrain changes, including steep banks, narrow tree-lined cuts, big bumps, jumps, drops and natural hazards like rocks and trees,” says Horizon design director Ralph Fulton. “In addition, we’ve got more road surfaces than ever before, on-track vegetation with new physics properties, and new particle and sound effects.”
Horizon Rally includes five new cars, all of which have close ties to rally racing. There’s the ’92 Celica, the 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR, the 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi, 1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth, and 1982 Lancia 037 Stradale. Season Pass owners also get the 2003 Ford Focus SVT. And with the new cars come the new upgrades. “You can take the same rally upgrades that are featured in the cars that are packed in with the expansion pack and apply them to any car in your Forza Horizon garage,” Fulton explains. “These upgrades include rally tires for improved grip on loose dirt and gravel, springs and dampers that raise and soften the suspension to maintain stability on the most sever off-road terrain, and rally transmissions that feature shorter gear ratios more suited to the quick accelerating nature of rally racing. I think these cross-game upgrades are a game-changer for Horizon – they allow you to upgrade any car you own into a dirt-eating machine for use in the Rally Expansion Pack stages.”
Rally calls will be featured during specific races. “It’s important for players to heed the warnings and instructions from their navigator,” says Fulton. “Ignore a camber warning, for example, and you might find yourself off track completely.”
The online department is getting its portion of exclusive content, of course. “We’ll have a new set of rally-themed Rivals events for players to explore, with new Rivals events being added each month,” Fulton explains. “In addition, we’ll have two new rally-centric online playlists, one for rally beginners, and one for veterans who know their way around a rally stage.”
If you found yourself intrigued by all this, remember that you can purchase the add-on pack starting tomorrow, December 18th, for 1600 Microsoft Points ($20 USD) on the Xbox Live Marketplace.