The time is fast approaching, and I can’t wait. Forza Horizon 2 hits store shelves in just a few weeks, and now we have the official launch trailer as well as news on the arrival of a demo version you can play early. First, just take a look at this trailer. All of the footage in this is straight gameplay from the Xbox One version of the game and it looks stunning. The cars, modifications and scenery are all top notch.

September 30th cannot come soon enough.

Thankfully we don’t have to wait for the release date to bomb around the great European countryside as there will a demo released on September 16th on the Xbox One. I think I *cough* may be sick *cough* next week. According to some reps, the demo will be a timed affair with a few select cars from the game just like the demo for the original Forza Horizon was.

If you are an Xbox 360 player, yes the game is coming to you too, but we have no word on a demo for your system. I am sorry.

When you do pick up the new game, Turn 10 and Playground games have announced that there will be a special reward system that will grant you some fancy cars to start the game with if you are a returning fan. If you have played any Forza game before you are likely familiar with the Forza Rewards system. Essentially, Turn 10 keeps track of how much you play and you gain points based on time played, miles driven, cars owned and more. If you have enough points when you fire up Forza Horizon 2 for the first time you will get a selection of cars that range from the BMW 1 Series M to the Huracán and the McLaren P1. You can find a full list of cars, their unlock tier and a link to the Forza site to check your standings after the break.

So to recap; we have a great new trailer to watch, a demo coming out in just a few days, and a way to unlock a small collection of awesome cars before the game even launches. Can I get a “hell yes?”

Forza Horizon 2 Rewards

The reward program has been around for a while and it provides a points system that will provide monthly rewards to players of various Forza Motorsports games. Your progress in the Forza Motorsports universe is monitored over every Forza game since Forza 2, and your total points collected are cumulative. The more points you have across all the games the higher your “points tier” is. Your points tier will not only get you higher and higher monthly rewards, like in-game credits, it will also unlock a certain collection of cars when you start a new Forza game. Here is the tier breakdown for the upcoming Forza Horizon 2.

These tiers do stack, so if you unlock Tier 4 to get the Lamborghini Huracan, you get the BMW and the Viper as well.

Tier Level Car
2 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe
3 2013 Viper GTS
4 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4
5 2014 Local Motors Rally Fighter
6 2013 McLaren P1

You can check out your rewards status at: https://rewards.forzamotorsport.net/en-us/

As a way of saying “thank you” to all the passionate fans who have continued to be a part of the Forza experience over the years, Turn 10 Studios today announced that fans will be eligible to receive several Forza Horizon 2 cars through Forza Rewards, the loyalty program where players can earn in-game content just for playing Forza games.

Whether they’re an experienced Forza Faithful or a first time driver, all Forza players have a chance to add up to five in-game cars to their Forza Horizon 2 garage the first time they log in to the game. These five in-game (not DLC) cars include the 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the 2013 Viper GTS, the 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, the 2014 Local Motors Rally Fighter, and the 2013 McLaren P1.

Players start earning Forza Rewards practically the moment they start playing a Forza game. Whether it’s new cars to add to their garage, or a stack of in-game credits for players to spend how they like, each month Forza fans will always receive something new.

Starting from Forza Motorsport 2 on the Xbox 360, through Forza Motorsport 5 and now Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox One, players automatically earn points by doing specific things in a game. In Forza Motorsport 5, for example, players earn points based on the number of cars they own, the number of miles they’ve driven in the game, and so on.

The more points players earn, the higher their Rewards Tier Level will be. Your Rewards Tier Level determines what awards are available to players at the start of each month. The higher the Rewards Tier Level, the bigger the reward they’ll receive each month.

Earning free in-game content each month is great but it’s just the start of the story. The first time players log in to Forza Horizon 2, they’ll earn a special one-time gift via Forza Rewards. This gift-car reward will depend on their current Forza Rewards Tier Level, and they’ll have to be at least Tier 2 to earn a reward.

Here’s how the rewards break down by Rewards Tier Level:

Tier Level 2 – 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe
Tier Level 3 – 2013 Viper GTS
Tier Level 4 – 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4
Tier Level 5 – 2014 Local Motors Rally Fighter
Tier Level 6 – 2013 McLaren P1

Once you have logged in to the game, you will receive a special message in Forza Horizon 2 and be able to add these awesome cars to your Forza Horizon 2 garage. Note that these Tier Rewards are cumulative. For example, if you are Rewards Tier Level 3 the first time you log in to Horizon 2, you will earn both the 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the 2013 Viper GTS. If you have maxed out your Rewards Tier Level at Tier 6, you will receive all five of the bonus cars.

With just a few weeks to go before the launch of Forza Horizon 2, there’s still time for fans to increase their Rewards Tier Level to ensure that they get the best reward they can. To get a full breakdown of how players have been progressing in all participating Forza games and to learn more details on Forza Rewards, visit http://rewards.forzamotorsport.net.

Forza Horizon 2 Launch Trailer Now Available

In addition to sharing details on Forza Rewards, Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games today also premiered a heart-pounding launch trailer showcasing the game’s massive wide-open world racing experience and ultimate celebration of speed, style and action-packed driving.

The Forza Horizon 2 launch trailer highlights the game’s beautiful southern European setting and thrilling, action-packed racing. Featuring many of the more than 200 cars that are available at launch, the trailer brings to life the freedom and fun that defines Forza Horizon 2: http://youtu.be/YQFiWpp5Y5w.

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