A new developer, Playground Games has been introduced to take the reins -with guidance from Turn 10, the original Forza developer - of an open-world style racing game centred on a music festival in Colorado.
It is a reasonable premise to base a street racing game on. The promotional blurb talks about the Horizon Festival as being a celebration of music, style and automotive culture, but the reality is that the Colorado desert around Red Rocks and surrounding towns makes an interesting place to try out some high powered street and off road racing.
The music festival manifests itself in the form of bands such as New Order, The Black Keys, Nero, Empire of the Sun, Artic Monkeys and LCD Soundsystem amongst many others across three in-game radio stations and at specific locations around the map. The diversity of the music parallels the extent of choices that can be made in the racing.
Rather than a series of circuit events, the structure of horizon is free-form. Players can drive from one Festival Event to the next, competing to win points towards a new coloured wristband which in turn (in a true music festival way) opens up further events on the map.
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