Forza Horizon 4 gets a battle royale mode in today's free update for Microsoft's award-winning sim-cade racer. The new mode is called The Eliminator and it puts 72 racers in an ever-shrinking map where they'll need to race others one on one until the map contracts enough to host one final race to declare a winner.
While the setup is certainly an unexpected one, it remains adherent to several of the mode's most common tenets. When you win the 1v1 races, you effectively loot your defeated opponent, claiming either an upgrade for your car or taking theirs wholesale. With the map always shrinking, it drives conflict just the way genre fans would expect as well.
Every player starts in a 1965 Mini Cooper and you can find upgraded vehicles not just by beating others in races, but also by locating randomized Cap Drops around the map. The Eliminator will offer its own "mini-campaign" and a new set of achievements to earn.Vehicle rewards await players who finish the campaign, including an exclusive 2008 Renault Mégane R26.R, a 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Pre-Order Edition, and a 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, in addition to mode-specific cosmetics for players' avatars.
The game mode goes live in a patch coming today, December 12, at 10 am Pacific.
Forza Horizon 4 launched on October 2, 2018 to glowing reviews. It takes players to Great Britain for the first time and features rotating seasons for the first time in the series, with each season lasting one week in the game's online shared world. It remains today one of the highest-rated Xbox games of all time with a 92 OpenCritic average and a 98% recommendation rating from 130 critics. It has since featured two paid expansions, Fortune Island, a looosely pirate-themed new location featuring intense storm systems, and LEGO Speed Champions, wherein a new LEGO map plays host to brick-breaking and building alike, complete with LEGO cars, playsets, and more from the world-famous toy company.