In a recent announcement, Turn 10 Studios, the developer behind the popular racing game series Forza Horizon, revealed their plans to discontinue the online services for Forza Horizon 1 and Forza Horizon 2 on August 22.
The decision to shut down these online features is aimed at allowing the studio to concentrate its efforts on its current and upcoming game titles.
While online services will no longer be available, players can still enjoy the single-player modes offline. However, online functionalities will cease, including matchmaking, browsing leaderboards, and downloading user-generated content such as liveries, types of vinyl, tuning setups, and photos.
It’s important to note that Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, a standalone expansion for Forza Horizon 2, will also be affected by the online shutdown. However, players who previously purchased any of these games can re-download them at their convenience.
Expressing their gratitude to the dedicated community, Turn 10 Studios shared their appreciation for the fond memories and experiences of players exploring the virtual landscapes of Colorado and Southern Europe in Forza Horizon 1 and 2.
From forging new friendships during road trips to exchanging customized liveries, photos, and tunes, the studio acknowledges the passion and support received from the community over the past decade.
Forza Horizon, initially released in 2012 exclusively for the Xbox 360, and its successor, Forza Horizon 2, which debuted in 2014 and was available on both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One , garnered critical acclaim upon their respective releases.
As gaming enthusiasts await further news and updates from Turn 10 Studios, it’s essential to remember that the closure of online services for these two titles signifies a shift in the studio’s focus toward their current and future projects.