Forza Horizon 4 will let you reach the game’s ultimate goal, becoming the Horizon Festival Superstar, any way you want. That means you can even “beat” the game by creating paint jobs or streaming your open-world antics rather than racing through a traditional progression system.
As Playground Games explained to us at E3 2018, Horizon places a much greater influence on letting you play your way. As such, the game will reward your with “influence,” its equivalent of experience, for just about anything you do in the game. That means fans who obsess over creating the best and most intricate livery options for their vehicles and upload them online can rack up influence. So can those who prefer to stream gameplay on Mixer, those who obsessively tune their rides, and those who take exciting in-game photos.
It’s an interesting idea for a game to put such emphasis on its side features, but there does seem to be a limit to the new approach. Since you need to buy your first car to unlock the garage, you probably won’t be able to complete Forza Horizon 4‘s main objective without ever stepping behind the wheel. Still, you might be able to come pretty darn close to “beating” a racing game without ever actually racing.
No doubt some players out there will be giving it a shot when Forza Horizon 4 launches October 2nd on Xbox One and PC.