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A Fast and the Furious Forza game…and it’s FREE!

A Fast and the Furious Forza game…and it’s FREE!

by March 2, 2015 0 comments

For all of you out there who want to get behind a car from the Fast and the Furious movies but can’t afford it, we have the next best thing. Forza Horizons 2, widely considered one of the best racing games ever made, is having a stand alone expansion based on the blockbusters Fast and the Furious added to its library. The game is being developed by Turn 10 Studios, the same team that brought us Forza Horizons 2.

Check out the Trailer.

The game takes place after the events of the 6th movie and leads into the 7th. In this installment, you’ll take missions from Ludacris to hunt down cars for parts and specs. Many of cars that you’ll have available to you will be modeled after the vehicles in the movie, like the 1970 Dodge Charger.

There are approximately 11 cars that are to be playable in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, the press release showed these 8:

1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
2012 Nissan GT-R Fast & Furious Edition
1998 Toyota Supra Fast & Furious Edition
2014 Maserati Ghibli S Fast & Furious Edition
1970 Plymouth Road Runner Fast & Furious Edition
2015 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
1970 Plymouth Cuda Fast & Furious Edition
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Fast & Furious Edition

Oh, did we mention this is all free? This game will be available for download free of charge from March 27th to April 10th, after which it will cost $10. Best of all, you don’t even need to own a previous Forza game to play it.

I have to step back for a minute and look at this for what it really is, a publicity stunt. Apparently, Microsoft is hoping that Fast and the Furious fans that have never played a chapter from the Forza series are going to see this and latch on. In my opinion, this is ingenious. It’s the perfect type of movie, video game mash-up. Microsoft and Turn 10 are providing something that appeals directly to the demographic and supplying it to them for free, no strings attached, just trusting that by delivering this product it will attract customers.

With the Free to Play market growing and the ever looming worry of it infecting the console market, it’s nice to see developers make an honest attempt to increase their profits with great content. Rather than hustling gamers with micro transactions, asking them to buy each car separately. I think the pay to advance game model defeats the purpose of gaming. We game to challenge ourselves and have fun. If you can just toss money around and level, what’s the point?

Merchandise like this shows that you don’t need to squeeze customers at every opportunity to create revenue. If you make something great, people will flock to it. I understand that some people love the Free to Play model. In China, it makes up the majority of the gaming market. I just don’t want to see it demolish the classic style of gaming. Hopefully, in the near future, we’ll see more of this “customer focused” publicity.

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