Playground Games and Microsoft have announced the full car list from the upcoming Forza Horizon 4. There are a total of 450 vehicles across a number of manufacturers like Acura, Ford, BMW, Honda, and Ferrari. It's a wide variety of cars across a grand stretch of racing history, something the Forza series has always been known for.
The extensive car list is a double-edged sword though, in that you can also see the major gaps in the list. Notably, for the first time, there are no Mitsubishi production cars on the list, meaning key racing vehicles like the Lancer Evo or the Eclipse GSX aren't reflected in the lineup, despite being in last year's Forza Motorsport 7.
"One absence from the above list is Mitsubishi. While our teams work hard to license hundreds of brands for Forza games, we can’t always align our fans’ desires with the interests of every licensor, as is the case here with Mitsubishi. As a result, we’re unable to include Mitsubishi cars in Forza Horizon 4 at this time," said Forza community manager Brian Ekberg in the announcement post.
This is similar wording used for the lack of another classic racing manufacturer in Forza Motorsport 7. Last year, Toyota was missing from the the full car list, after having been in the previous Forza Horizon 3.
"Unfortunately it isn’t always possible to align the interests of fans and the interests of our manufacturing partners. As a result, production Toyota vehicles are not represented in Forza 7. We’re as disappointed as you are about this news and, while we hope to bring Toyota production vehicles back to Forza games in the future, it is worth noting that a small number of Toyota race cars will be included in the game," Ekberg said last year.
This meant that legendary racing vehicles like the 1985 Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex weren't in the game. The Trueno is known as the Hachi-Roku in Japan, based on its chassis code AE86. It's the car that Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya used to kick off the idea of drift racing as we know it today. The car's legendary status saw it used in the racing manga Initial D, written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno. The manga's popularity lead to an anime series, which is how many outside of racing circles know the car.
That wasn't the only car left out of Forza Motorsport 7 and not returning this year for Forza Horizon 4. The 1969 2000GT, the Supra GT, the Celica GT-Four, and the 2013 GT86 were also victims of the lack of licensing.
Forza Horizon 4 is also missing Lexus (which is related to Toyota), Tesla, and Baldwin Motors vehicles due to licensing reasons. Microsoft, Turn 10 Studios, and Playground Games have to license cars per game—unless they have a long-time deal, like with Ferrari—and this accounts for the shifting list of cars available for each entry. In certain cases, licensing some of these old cars for games doesn't really benefit the manufacturer, hence the loss. I also wouldn't be surprised if the manufacturers were increasing the licensing costs, putting Turn 10 and Playground in a rough spot.
Regardless, it's a solid car list, even if it's way below the 700 cars available in Forza Motorsport 7. I'll find a replacement, but I'll miss that feel of tuning my Trueno, putting on some eurobeat, and drifting around corners in a new exotic locale.
Forza Horizon 4 is coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 on October 2, 2018.
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