Now five new cars, with five new gorgeous screenshots have just been released. The cars in question are:
- Aston Martin Zagato
- Bowler Nemesis
- Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
- Ford Capri
- McLaren F1
Exclusive to Microsoft platforms Xbox One and 360, the two different versions will share the same cars, but will not share the same developer, or features. Playground Games, who developed Horizon (1) is working on the Xbox One version of the follow-up. Whereas Sumo Digital are working on the 360 version.
Dynamic weather and driveatars will be Xbox One only. Not only that, but the 360 edition of Horizon 2 will in fact be a different game.
Creative director of Playground Games, Ralph Fulton explained:
It’s based in the same world, it’s based on the same themes, rather than thinking of them as the same game on different platforms, they are different games inspired by the same ideas.
I find this a little worrying. Not because of the different developers, it worked out just fine with Titanfall. The 360 version has been widely accepted as being ‘about as good’ as its bigger brother and Sumo Digital have a vast back catalogue littered with driving/racing games.
It’s the decision to make different games. I can understand cutting some features due to hardware limitation, or even just to push the One version to the forefront, but different games? That I do not understand…. unless of course, Microsoft are really, really trying to push the Xbox One version to the forefront. In that case – I understand it, but I don’t get it.
Forza Horizon was excellent, and 2 will most likely be at least as good, but it’s not the sort of game that will make someone buy a new console for. This is of course purely speculation on my part.