Playground Games Confirmed: Upcoming Forza Horizon 2 For The Xbox One Will Display At 1080p and 30fps
Microsoft?s Xbox One consoles are set to receive the racing game Forza Horizon 2 which will run 1080p HD resolution at 30 fps (frames per second). This is confirmed by Ryan Fulton, creative director of Playground Games. Its prequel, the Forza Horizon ?launched in 2012 for the Xbox 360, worked on a locked 30 fps framerate too. Fulton emphasized that it?s crucial to continue this pace for the game?s next version.
Playground Games, Forza Horizon 2?s developer, was founded in 2009 and is currently based in Royal Leamington Spa, a small town in the UK?s West Midland. This unassuming town boasts some of Britain’s highest concentration of video game developers. The game studio?s first offering is Forza Horizon launched at the Microsoft Showcase in California back in 2012.
Fulton, during an interview with IGN, confirmed the said 1080p, 30 fps specs for Forza Horizon 2. He explained that what they did with the new game is to demonstrate the importance of a locked frame rate capable of being solid and allows no drops. He cited that their team has adopted zero tolerance for frame drops regardless of whatever rendering level was required by the display.
Meanwhile, another Xbox One game launched last year, the Forza Motorsport 5, runs at 1080p too but with 60 fps. Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One and Motorsport 5 share the same game engine. However, the new Forza version is actually an open-world streaming game with its own kind of technical challenges. For Horizon 2, Fulton said that players will be able to drive in any direction at top speeds close to 270 miles per hour. It means that the game will stream huge amounts of data all the time and the 30 fps may enable them to do that.
Fulton further said in the interview that Forza Horizon 2 will retain its prequel?s spotlight on music. Having said that, players can expect a broader and deeper soundtrack in the new version. Playground Games once again has employed the services of DJ Rob da Bank, a BBC Radio DJ and the founder of two key UK music festivals. For Horizon 2, DJ Rob da Bank will curate three radio stations.
The announced specs of Forza Horizon 2 make it somewhat comparable to the PlayStation 4 game ?DriveClub? to be released this October. No word has been given about Horizon 2?s exact release date, but it?s expected to launch this fall. Sumo Digital will develop the game?s Xbox 360 iteration while Playground Games will do the Xbox One version.
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