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We are just days from the global launch of Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on September 27 (September 29 in Japan); however if you absolutely cannot wait to be the boss of the Horizon Festival, the Ultimate Edition is available today, giving fans early access to the Australian adventure. In addition to early access to Forza Horizon 3, Ultimate Edition owners receive the Forza Horizon 3 Car Pass, VIP membership and cars, and the Motorsport All-Stars Car Pack which gives fans the chance to take 10 of the hottest modern race cars off the track and out onto the open road.

As Microsoft’s first Xbox One S game to feature High Dynamic Range (HDR), Forza Horizon 3 takes full advantage of HDR’s expanded contrast ratio and color accuracy. With HDR, our physics-based rendering system ForzaTech becomes even more accurate, bringing lifelike, natural and fine details to life like never before. Players experience vibrant light and sunbeams from an authentic Australian sky, precision highlighting on carbon fiber, glistening sand, detailed dirt and vegetation, and more. If you thought Forza games were already gorgeous, check out Forza Horizon 3 in HDR on Xbox One S.

To experience Forza Horizon 3 in HDR on Xbox One S, please make sure you have the right set up. This post will walk you through “Xbox One S: 4K, HDR and what you need to know” and provide tips and guidance before you play. You’ll need a 4K TV that supports HDRIf your 4K TV is set up correctly, it should automatically play HDR content—you don’t have to change anything on your Xbox One S.

We also want to let fans know that we will be offering a Forza Horizon 3 Expansion Pass for $34.99. The pass includes two expansions with the first being released this holiday and Ultimate Edition owners will receive a discount of $10 if purchased before the end of 2016. Stay tuned for more details in the near future.

If you haven’t experienced Forza Horizon 3 yet, you can download the free Xbox One demo here. See you out on the roads of Australia at the biggest automotive party of the year!

 

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Content: Sparkle Unleashed
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Developer: 10tons Ltd.
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Content: The Bunker
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Game Description: As the last remaining survivor in a nuclear bunker, John’s daily routine is the one thing that keeps him sane. But when an alarm goes off, his mind starts to self-destruct. Venture into long forgotten areas, recover repressed childhood memories and unlock the dark secrets of The Bunker. The Bunker is a completely live-action experience, filmed on location in a decommissioned government nuclear bunker with a plot crafted by writers behind The Witcher, SOMA and Broken Sword.

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Developer: Wales Interactive
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Content: Eventide: Slavic Fable
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Game Description: Eventide: Slavic Fable is an exciting adventure game inspired by Slavic mythology. Set in a contemporary heritage park where mythical Slavic creatures co-exist with humans, the adventure begins when the protagonist, a famous botanist, receives an alarming invitation from her grandmother, the park’s curator. The protagonist is tasked with saving an endangered plant, but this turns out to be the least of her concerns…

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Developer: The House of Fables
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Content: Virginia
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Game Description: Virginia is a single-player first-person thriller set in a small town with a secret. Experience a missing person investigation through the eyes of graduate FBI agent Anne Tarver. Together with your partner, seasoned investigator Maria Halperin, you’ll take a trip to idyllic Burgess County and the secluded town of Kingdom, Virginia, where a young boy has vanished and nobody seems to know why.

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Developer: Variable State
Publisher: 505 Games
Website: Virginia
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The wait is almost over for Forza Horizon 3!

This Saturday, September 24, Xbox and Ford Performance will host the Forza Horizon 3 LA launch event at the Petersen Automotive Museum from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. to 1 a.m. UTC). The event will feature a meet-and-greet with Ken Block, hundreds of cars on display, free food and giveaways, live music from Peanut Butter Wolf and DJ Flow and the opportunity to go hands-on with Forza Horizon 3 before its September 27 release on Xbox One and Windows 10.

The event is free to the public (online RSVP required) and will be streamed worldwide on twitch.tv/forzamotorsport.

I will be there too, so if you see me – stop by and say hello.

Forza Horizon Car Meet

Owners of classic, custom, and exotic cars are invited to join the car meet on the museum parking deck, featuring hot rides from Forza fans and Los Angeles car clubs from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. PDT. Finalist cars will be identified during the meet that will be showcased during the Forza Horizon 3 LA launch later in the afternoon. Ken Block will choose his favorite cars, and the owner of the winning vehicle will receive a custom Xbox One S console and a copy of Forza Horizon 3. In addition, fans will be able to get up close with the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor race truck from Ford Performance.

Meet Ken Block

Ken Block, race car driver and star of the Gymkhana series – whose Gymkhana NINE was inspired by showcase events in Forza Horizon 3 – will be meeting with fans and taking questions on the live stream.

Fans will have the opportunity to take photos with Ken’s “daily driver,” a 2017 Ford Focus RS.

Twitch Live Stream

Fans from around the world will be able to take part in the live stream on Twitch.tv featuring Turn 10 Studios Community Director Brian Ekberg (@mechberg), Ken Block, me and many of the top Forza players from around the world showing their skills off in Forza Horizon 3. This live stream will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PDT.

The Petersen Automotive Museum

Recognized as the “world’s greatest car museum” by Top Gear magazine, the Petersen was dramatically transformed this year by a $90M renovation that included the addition of the Forza Motorsport Racing Experience, allowing visitors to race cars from the museum’s collection on the world’s most legendary tracks.

This is the third major Forza event this year hosted by the Petersen, following the North American debut of the Forza Horizon 3 cover car and the Michelin 24 Hours Forza Challenge.

The Petersen is a charitable organization supported exclusively by member donations and memberships. Several levels of memberships are available, including the Forza Motorsport Pass which includes exclusive benefits and privileges including after-hours Forza competitive gaming events.

Forza Horizon 3 is available for pre-order with 3 versions to choose from: Forza Horizon 3 Standard Edition, Deluxe Edition and Ultimate Edition. Click each link for more details or see below.

Forza Horizon 3 Standard Edition – this bundle includes Forza Horizon 3.

Forza Horizon 3 Deluxe Edition – this bundle includes Forza Horizon 3, Motorsport All-Stars Car Pack and VIP Membership.

Forza Horizon 3  Ultimate Edition – this bundle includes Forza Horizon 3, Motorsport All-Stars Car Pack, VIP Membership and Car Pass. This bundle also provides early access to the game starting on 23 Sep.

For the month of October, Xbox Live Gold members will receive four new free games – two on Xbox One and two on Xbox 360 – as part of the Games with Gold program. You can play both Xbox 360 titles on your Xbox One with Backward Compatibility.

On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings ($19.99 ERP) for free during the month of October. The Escapists ($19.99 ERP) will be available as a free download from October 16th to November 15th.

  

On Xbox 360, starting Saturday, October 1st, MX vs ATV Reflex ($29.99 ERP) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through October 15th. Then on October 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download I Am Alive ($14.99 ERP)  for free through October 31st.

  

Read more about October Games with Gold titles over at Xbox Wire.

See last’s month’s Games With Gold here.

*Titles are available as free downloads for qualifying Xbox Live Gold members in all markets where Xbox Live is available. Some regions may offer different titles depending on market availability.