Forza Horizon 4, the latest game in Microsoft’s popular exclusive racing series, is out next week, but players may be concerned about its DLC and how the publisher is planning to charge players for it. Are there Forza Horizon 4 microtransactions? Will there be loot crates or other DLC options in the game? Is there any DLC at all? We take a look.
Are There Any Forza Horizon 4 Microtransactions?
Previous Forza games had a system of ‘paid tokens’ to unlock cars and other features, which were microtransactions under another name. Fortunately, these were not included in the last game Forza Motorsport 7, and it has been confirmed that they will not feature in Forza Horizon 4 either. In other words, there are no microtransactions in Forza Horizon 4.
Forza Motorsport 7 did, on the other hand, feature loot boxes called ‘prize crates.’ Despite not requiring money, though it initially seems the plan was to use the Token system from previous games to buy them, feedback about these crates was profoundly negative, and developers Turn 10 plan to remove them this winter. They will not feature in Forza Horizon 4 at all.
Does Forza Horizon 4 Have Loot Boxes?
While the game doesn’t have microtransactions, there are Horizon Wheelspins and Super Wheelspins. You earn these for things like leveling up or completing certain milestones, and they give you a chance to win cosmetics and cars.
These work a bit like loot boxes, but there are some differences. You can see all the available prizes as the wheel spins. There’s little ambiguity on what you can possibly win. Also, they’re not available for purchase using premium currency, so anything you earn from them is 100% free.
The standard Horizon Wheelspin gives you one prize, and the Super Wheelspin gives you three. The game is pretty generous with giving these out, so you’ll find yourself with plenty of emoticons, clothing, and extra cars early on.
Does Forza Horizon 4 Have Premium Currency?
Previous games in the Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon series have had premium currency called tokens. You could use them to buy cars, but they didn’t convey a distinctive advantage to drivers. However, even that was too much for some fans, and Tokens weren’t met with much enthusiasm upon their introduction in Forza Motorsport 4.
Tokens were last seen in Forza Horizon 3, and Forza Motorsport 7 skipped them altogether. Luckily, Microsoft is sticking to that plan with Forza Horizon 4. No premium currency, Tokens included, is available in Forza Horizon 4.
What DLC Packs are Coming to Forza Horizon 4?
Despite the absence of microtransactions, Microsoft still plans to have DLC for Forza Horizon 4. The ‘Car Pass’ adds two cars to your garage every week over 21 weeks, for a total of 42 extra cars. This is included in the Ultimate and Deluxe editions of the game but is also available separately. Appropriate to the British setting, there will also be a James Bond car pack that adds 10 cars from over 50 years of 007 movies, including the famous Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger and the Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me.
There won’t just be car packs either. There are two expansions currently planned, one for later this year and another for the first half of 2019. These include new world locations as well as vehicles. If you buy the Ultimate Edition, you’ll get all the DLC as part of it, including the world expansions.