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‘Forza Horizon 3’: Now With Warthogs

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chris-littlechild - September 6, 2016

  I’ve been around the block a few times, ladies and gentlemen. In a Halo sense, that is (although I do have endless parades of sexy ladies constantly pursuing me, like the dude in the Lynx commercial, and a man has needs). I’m no stranger to the world of the Covenant, Spartans and Prometheans, that’s for damn sure.  

In my time with the spacetastic shooter series, it’s fair to say that I’ve driven my share of Warthogs. Pretty goddamn expertly, at that. I have many heroic war stories to tell of speeding in to rescue a flag-bearing buddy, barrelling across the map and narrowly evading gunfire and rockets up the ass along the way.

Just for making me feel like I’m in an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, this unassuming SUV is my favorite vehicle in the Haloverse. I was pretty motherfreakin’ happy, then, to see it added to the roster of Forza Horizon 3. After all, Forza, like Gran Turismo, is known for taking everything far too damn seriously, being a sim and all. Sometimes, it’s nice to dick around with big ol’ fictional space-trucks.

Chris Phillips, of the Horizon 3 dev team, told of the challenge of bringing the vehicle to the game (via GameSpot):

"Normally we replicate cars that already exist; we research the car thoroughly, including getting detailed information from manufacturers directly, this is then used to implement the car as accurately as possible in game," he said. "For the Warthog this data didn't exist; instead we first had to work together to determine how it would function in an everyday Earth environment, something that we have never really had to consider before."

The Warthog has made an appearance in the Forza series before, but that was just a cameo. Now it’s available to drive. Or will be come release on September 27, if you’ve played Halo: The Master Chief Collection or Halo 5: Guardians. If you have, you’ll get yourself a code that unlocks the vehicle. If not, you can also get yourself a Warthog by taking part in a ‘Forzathon’ event next month.

 

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