PRESS RELEASE | X360 Monday, December 17, 2012 | 11:49 PM

Forza Horizon : Rally Expansion Pack

Forza Horizon : Rally Expansion Pack

Forza Horizon Rally Expansion Pack will be available tomorrow on Xbox LIVE. The racing game brings the thrill and danger of rally to Colorado with new cars, terrain, and off-road racing challenge. Pack will be available to download for 1,600 Microsoft Points or as a free download for players who own the Forza Horizon Season Pass.


LONDON, Monday 17th December 2012 - Microsoft, Playground Games, and Turn 10 Studios have announced that the “Forza Horizon” Rally Expansion Pack is available to download starting tomorrow, Tuesday 18th December on Xbox LIVE. The Rally Expansion Pack brings a thrilling new automotive experience – with new cars, terrain, and off-road racing challenge – to this year’s biggest racing game. The “Forza Horizon” Rally Expansion Pack will be available to download for 1,600 Microsoft Points or as a free download for players who own the “Forza Horizon” Season Pass.
With the Rally Expansion Pack, the Horizon Festival is expanding to include epic rally racing and iconic rally cars that have been specifically tuned to handle the extreme terrain of Colorado’s most formidable off-road stages. Players will test their driving mettle with new multiplayer rally events, leaderboards, and Rivals challenges, as well as a new set of career events that take place on rally stages built across Colorado to push rally drivers and their cars to the limit. These stages feature severe and sudden elevation changes, massive jumps, and more surface variety than has ever been seen in “Forza Horizon,” providing an intense and varied off-road driving experience.
The Rally Expansion Pack will include five iconic rally cars, each with its own storied real-world rally history. Players will be able to upgrade these cars with new rally-specific upgrades including tires, suspensions, transmissions, and body kits specifically created to maximize each car’s potential on the varied terrain of the Expansion Pack’s rally stages. In addition, players will be able to create their own dirt-eating machines by applying rally upgrades to any car in their “Forza Horizon” garage for use in the rally stages and in the main game.

The five cars in the Rally Expansion Pack include:

2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi – The traditional blue and yellow Subaru is nearly synonymous with rally racing. The Subaru World Rally Team has been active since 1980 and has employed a “who’s who” list of rally-driving greats including Ari Vatanen, Colin McRae, and Petter Solberg. The 2005 WRX STi saw minor interior upgrades over the 2004 version. It is powered by the turbocharged and intercooled 2.5-liter flat-four that cranks out more than 300 horsepower. Subaru’s invincible all-wheel drive system provides grippy traction on any surface.

1982 Lancia 037 Stradale – The words “Group B” will send a chill of excitement down any rally lover’s spine. These cars were so fast they were eventually banned from rally competition. The Lancia 037 Stradale represents the last of the RWD cars to be competitive before AWD cars took over the sport. With a silhouette similar to its predecessor, the Lancia Stratos, the 037 is a mid-engine, tube frame beast with body panels made of Kevlar. The 200 road going versions built for homologation had an Abarth-developed 16-valve four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine with a Volumex supercharger. Power output of the street car is right around 200 horsepower, although the final evolution of the rally 037 had as much as 325 horsepower.

1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth – Built with the intent of winning the World Rally Championship, the RS Cosworth was a successful stopgap model between the Sierra Cosworth and the later Focus. Although the Escort did not win the championship, it did win eight events between 1993 and 1996 and was extremely competitive as a Group A car. What makes the Escort RS truly special is the Cosworth YBT 1993cc turbocharged I4 engine. Its standard output of 224 horsepower has been tuned to as high as 1,000 horsepower in competition trim. Its full-time 34/66 front/rear split AWD system also give it excellent handling on any surface.

1992 Toyota Celica GT-Four RC ST185 – Driven by Carlos Sainz, the ST185 won the driver’s title in 1992. This was the pinnacle of Sainz’s rally career and the first time a Japanese car won trophies in an otherwise European manufacturer-dominated motorsport. The GT-Four RC is an AWD, turbocharged, 4-cylinder with a water-to-air intercooler and close-ratio transmission. A total of 232 horsepower give it plenty of juice and, when you upgrade to the rally body part components, the Celica is an obvious standout rally-racing icon.

2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR – The Lancer’s AWD performance is equal to supercars costing exponentially more. With 276 horsepower ready to be unleashed, the lightweight 3,109-pound Evo VIII MR is a formidable car on any surface. Lightning-quick turbocharged acceleration is put down to the surface through a six-speed transmission and helical limited-slip differential, making the Evo VIII a natural choice for any rally lover.

“Forza Horizon” Season Pass owners will be able to download the Rally Expansion Pack for free on Dec. 18. In addition, Season Pass owners will have access to the December Season Pass bonus car—the 2003 Ford SVT Focus, which also comes with rally-inspired body upgrades—effectively giving Season Pass owners a sixth rally car to enjoy in the Rally Expansion Pack.

Season Pass owners will also receive five exclusive cars, with one car being released per month through March.

DLC Rally

All comments

Commented on 2012-12-18 00:24:38
will this have new locations? cause it doesnt seem like it

if it doesnt then its REALLY overpriced at 1600mso
Commented on 2012-12-18 01:20:45
Epic bullshots.
Commented on 2012-12-18 01:49:04
Was one amazing game and as much as i want this Rally expansion it just seem to expensive for what it is :(
Posted by xgei8ht
Epic bullshots.
Eh? Forza Horizon clearly looks like that? Why would they put out bullshots of a game thats been out for months...Maybe you need to change your tv if your game dont look like that.
Commented on 2012-12-18 02:07:18 In reply to Xoar
Posted by Xoar
Eh? Forza Horizon clearly looks like that? Why would they put out bullshots of a game thats been out for months...Maybe you need to change your tv if your game dont look like that.
you must have an awesome version of the game that renders in 1080p with 16xAA. They're photomode shots, ie, bullshots...you know, the thing all forza and GT games have used since forever etc etc.

Lol @ you thinking the game looks like that...then again, you are the guy who thinks crysis 3 looks better then the dark souls 2 CGi...
Commented on 2012-12-18 02:20:57 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
you must have an awesome version of the game that renders in 1080p with 16xAA. They're photomode shots, ie, bullshots...you know, the thing all forza and GT games have used since forever etc etc.

Lol @ you thinking the game looks like that...then again, you are the guy who thinks crysis 3 looks better then the dark souls 2 CGi...
Since when was photomode shots bullshots? Both in Forza and GT photomode is in game. Bullshots are when they are not in game and dont look anything like in game.

Do you play GT5 and scream at your tv "bullshots"?

If you can do it in the game it's not bullshots. Clown
Commented on 2012-12-18 02:49:34
Horizon though is very clean it must be said. Rock steady framerate too
Commented on 2012-12-18 02:59:52 In reply to Xoar
Posted by Xoar
Since when was photomode shots bullshots? Both in Forza and GT photomode is in game. Bullshots are when they are not in game and dont look anything like in game.

Do you play GT5 and scream at your tv "bullshots"?

If you can do it in the game it's not bullshots. Clown
A bullshot is something non indicative of gameplay. And unless forza horizon (or GT5, or halo 4, or last of us etc etc) are also on PC (which they are not) these super sampled 1080p 16xAA screenshots are bullshit. The game DOES NOT render that high res, nor that smoothly...if you think it does (which apparently you do) you are an idiot.

Or do you also think GT5 looks like this while playing? Lol

http://www.gamersmint.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/...
Commented on 2012-12-18 03:00:27
yeah they may have been touched up abit but the game look spectacular while driving around anyway
Commented on 2012-12-18 03:08:22 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
A bullshot is something non indicative of gameplay. And unless forza horizon (or GT5, or halo 4, or last of us etc etc) are also on PC (which they are not) these super sampled 1080p 16xAA screenshots are bullshit. The game DOES NOT render that high res, nor that smoothly...if you think it does (which apparently you do) you are an idiot.

Or do you also think GT5 looks like this while playing? Lol

http://www.gamersmint.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/...
Forza horizon may not run at 1080p native but it does run with 4xaa + fxaa.

Not only is 4x MSAA retained - in line with the replays and time trials of Forza Motorsport 4 - FXAA is added too.
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-v...

so it's a pretty darn smooth game.
Commented on 2012-12-18 03:14:37 In reply to GunsnSwords
Posted by GunsnSwords
so it's a pretty darn smooth game.
It isnt 1080p 16xAA smooth though is it. Thats all i'm saying. Yes, These bullshots where rendered within the engine, just like all other photomodes. But they ramp up the res and they add insane AA so it is no longer an output of what the game is actually achieving. It's fakery...or a bullshot.

A shit ton of games do it, its something we've come to accept, but to claim your game actually looks like that, like you've got some uber high res edition is just retarded.
Commented on 2012-12-18 05:38:07 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
but to claim your game actually looks like that, like you've got some uber high res edition is just retarded.
A bit nitpicking...

These are In game shots.
http://www.vgblogger.com/wp-content/uploads/Games/...
http://www.vgblogger.com/wp-content/uploads/Games/...
http://i7.minus.com/ids5WO270fj7F.JPEG
http://www.vgblogger.com/wp-content/uploads/Games/...

It looks grate even still, till next generation comes i'm not complaining.
Commented on 2012-12-18 06:32:58
Racing games have lost credibility these screenshots do not even make sense anymore. What is the point in releasing when the gameplay graphics are no where near it ? I hope they only release in game graphics or videos.
Commented on 2012-12-18 08:42:57
Those are some very shiny rally cars. Perhaps the dirt shader has yet to be implemented...
Commented on 2012-12-18 10:06:08 In reply to GunsnSwords
Posted by GunsnSwords
These are In game shots.
clearly, they're 720p and have visible aliasing, like all games. the images release here, are not and do not. hence fake. hence bullshot. it's nice looking, don't get me wrong. i'm just defending the guy who said "nice bullshots" and got pounced on...when they are just that, they're "nice bullshots".
Commented on 2012-12-18 10:18:15 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
clearly, they're 720p and have visible aliasing, like all games. the images release here, are not and do not. hence fake. hence bullshot. it's nice looking, don't get me wrong. i'm just defending the guy who said "nice bullshots" and got pounced on...when they are just that, they're "nice bullshots".
Apparently you've never actually played Horizon, you're trolling pretty damn hard.
Posted by GangStarr
will this have new locations? cause it doesnt seem like it

if it doesnt then its REALLY overpriced at 1600mso
7 new tracks that aren't part of the current world.
Commented on 2012-12-18 10:23:31
Should've been 800 ms points tops, especially considering I bought the game yesterday for £25 new.

It's like paying for it all over again!
Commented on 2012-12-18 10:32:29
:-DDD Jesus guys, buy the game and play. :-D
Commented on 2012-12-18 10:49:20 In reply to 2PintsOfInsulin
Posted by 2PintsOfInsulin
Should've been 800 ms points tops, especially considering I bought the game yesterday for £25 new.

It's like paying for it all over again!
It's a choice you don't have to buy it, just because you bought it on sale doesn't mean anything it's still on store shelves for $50-$60.
Commented on 2012-12-18 11:03:06
People don't need to buy'em on launch. It just vindicates and compensates those who bought the pricey season pass. If the content justifies is up to them to decide.

Wait 6 months until it drops to 800~1200 range.

Still the best looking real-time visuals in racing game out there, godamn.
Commented on 2012-12-18 12:24:23
I love the game, at least of what I've played so far, but 5 cars and 7 "tracks" for 1600 points is a con, regardless of choice.
Commented on 2012-12-18 12:30:48 In reply to 2PintsOfInsulin
Posted by 2PintsOfInsulin
I love the game, at least of what I've played so far, but 5 cars and 7 "tracks" for 1600 points is a con, regardless of choice.
no it isn't. maybe the season pass was rippin' people off, but this being just if not more pricey is just on the same standards. Now this costing 800 points on day 1 would be a con, likeit usually is, for early season pass buyers.
Commented on 2012-12-18 16:52:34 In reply to 2PintsOfInsulin
Posted by 2PintsOfInsulin
I love the game, at least of what I've played so far, but 5 cars and 7 "tracks" for 1600 points is a con, regardless of choice.
Those 7 tracks with 3 stages is more than Dirt 3 had in the entire game.
Commented on 2012-12-18 17:13:59 In reply to FordGTGuy
I didn't buy that either.
Commented on 2012-12-19 10:31:03 In reply to FordGTGuy
These bullshots are not that as others. I wonder how the bullshots of next gen games look or will they be able to do it in gameplay

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