It's not controversial to say that video game adaptations have had a less than steller track record. Bargain bins full of lackluster film-based tie-ins can attest to the general poor quality we've come to expect from cash-hungry, time-constrained developers, but it looks like that's all about to change with the recently announced Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast And Furious!
Fans of the action packed, adrenaline-fueled film franchise will be pleased to hear that their beloved series might actually get a video game worthy of its undeniable awesomeness. The filmmakers have chosen to partner with Microsoft Studios' immensely talented team at Turn 10, the developers behind the critically acclaimed and fan-adored racing series Forza.
Tapping a developer with the experience, ability and prestige that Turn 10 has is an unexpectedly savvy move from the filmmakers, and I couldn't be happier with their ambition to produce the kick-ass Fast & Furious game we all deserve!
Give me the details!
Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious will launch on March 27, 2015 as a standalone expansion for Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox One and Xbox 360. That basically means you'll need to download the high-octane racing simulation from an Xbox console, but you won't need to have played the original game if you just want to strap into Vin Diesel's supercharged ride and boost your way to the finish line.
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said:
Forza is synonymous with racing and fun, so it’s only natural for us to work with one of the most celebrated automotive entertainment franchises in the world. This is a great way to bring Forza players into the world of Fast & Furious, and in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, every fan will get a chance to go wheels-first into the exciting action of the Fast & Furious franchise.
I can't wait to hop into a nitrous-injected car and go dominate some illegal street races!
What kind of wheels are we talking?
Spencer also announced that players will actually get to drive some of the iconic cars you've come to know and love from the movies, including the 1970 Dodge Charger, 1998 Toyota Supra, 1970 Plymouth Road Runner, 2012 Nissan GT-R, 1970 Plymouth Cuda, 2013 Jeep Wrangler, 2014 Maserati Ghibli S and 2015 Dodge Charger.
As part of the close-knit Furious family, players will be tasked with scouting and boosting rides for the film series' smooth talking petrol head Tej Parker (voiced by Ludacris, of course)
Oh yeah, and it's free!
Well, at least until April 10th, but you can't argue with that! After that date it will set you back a reasonable $10. You have literally no excuse not to try it out...unless you bought a Playstation, of course. The game drops March 27 - until then, check out this awesome teaser:
See you on the track!
Furious 7 opens on April 3.