Updates will be coming weekly, with larger updates coming every four weeks.
During today’s Inside Xbox livestream, Playground Games has laid out a post-launch roadmap for Forza Horizon 4 after it launches on October 2, both for individual purchase and on Xbox Game Pass.
Horizon 4 will change its in-game season every week after players have finished the early portion of the game, and after a full year of in-game seasons (four weeks) a new year will start with a batch of new content, the first starting on October 25.
The first season present at launch for Forza Horizon 4 will be summer, but this will shift to autumn on Thursday, 3:30 PM GMT and will change the season around the game world. This season change will happen at the same time every week, and will be shown via a countdown clock for gamers currently playing the game. If players are in the middle of something, the game will allow them to finish, then a brief cinematic showing the season change will be shown, with the new season changes in effect after the cinematic.
During the first in-game week, which starts for Early Access players on September 28 and other players on October 2, there will be five summer events, an exclusive new car (the Ferrari 812), New Forzathon stock and exclusives and two new cars for Car Pass owners. The Following week’s autumn events feature similar updates as well as the 911 GT3 RS ’19 car. Winter and spring will also get continuous event updates and new cars, including the Chevrolet ZR2 and Honda Civic ’18 (respectively).
After that full year of seasons is over, on October 25 a bevy of new updates and features will be rolling out, along with the continual weekly updates. The route creator will be coming that day, allowing players to “paint” their own tracks in the open world of Forza Horizon 4 that can be up to 40 miles long, dropping checkpoints along the way. After test-driving the plotted course, players can upload the track for others to enjoy with adjustable settings for seasons, weather conditions, and more. The track can even become part of the community events folder that can be accessed by players that curates some of the best player-created routes.
Also dropping on October 25 is the British Racing Green Horizon Story, which will let players “Get behind the wheel of some of Britain’s greatest cars to produce 10 episodes of the Horizon Festival’s motoring TV series. From Aston Martin & McLaren to the Talbot Sunbeam & Mini, British Racing Green will take you through a century of British automotive excellence.”
The Halloween Party update will be coming at the same time as well, featuring new Halloween-themed clothing and car horns. The four weeks of seasons following October 25 will include 20 new season events, three new Forzathon cars, and eight new cars for Car Pass Owners.
During the Inside Xbox Livestream, a Jaguar with the image of the Union Jack made out of 5,000 free Xbox Game Pass codes was shown off. Images of the car (and the codes) have begun popping up on social media.
In our review of Forza Horizon 4, we called the game “Amazing” saying, “Playground Games hasn’t just upped the ante once again; it’s blown the bloody doors off.”
For more on Forza Horizon 4, check out the Best of Bond pack that comes with 10 famous James Bond cars, the Delta Wing Showcase gameplay, and every review score IGN has ever given a Forza game. Forza Horizon 4 is coming to Xbox One on October 2.
Colin Stevens is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.