Forza Horizon 3 is set to be delisted from digital stores on 27th September, following the well established pattern of the previous games in the Forza series of only being available for 4 years from their original release for Xbox One and PC.
If you own the game or any of its DLC digitally, you will of course still be able to download them, and the game’s servers will remain online, but you will simply no longer be able to buy the game anymore. The reason for the delisting isn’t known, but will most likely be down to music and car licenses expiring.
Also a part of that pattern, we can likely expect to see Forza Horizon 3 dropped into Games with Gold for its final month, just as Forza Horizon 2 did in 2018, and Forza Motorsport 6 did in 2019 before they were delisted. The two things that would seem to go against this, is that those racers were made free in August of their final year, and Forza Horizon 3’s delisting on 27th September would mean it’s not available for the entire month. I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but it would be pretty crummy to do since the game is going on sale from now until it’s delisting
Forza Horizon 3 is headed towards "End of Life" status, and we're celebrating the Australian festival with a sale on the Standard and Ultimate Editions! Visit https://t.co/2IZtzgkotM for all the details! pic.twitter.com/fM7HugVtCh
— Forza Horizon (@ForzaHorizon) August 11, 2020
It’s a cracking game, and showed just how much of a class act Playground Games are when it comes to creating sprawling open world racers. It was also enhanced for Xbox One X, and looks fantastic in 4K, so if it is put on GwG or you have the chance to pick it up for cheap, you should make sure to download it.
In our Forza Horizon 3 review, Dom wrote:
The third game in the Forza Horizon series has far exceeded its status as a loud and brash spin-off, becoming a racing title that embodies the best of this generation. Beautiful visuals, pitch perfect gameplay and eternally rewarding, there are few racing games that have ever come close to what Playground Games have achieved with Forza Horizon 3.
After years of back-to-back Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon game releases through the 2010’s, 2020 is another year without a Forza game, as Turn10 Studios instead turn their focus to a reboot of the series for Xbox Series X. Revealed last month with spectacular looking ray tracing, the game will be exclusively for next-gen and not coming to Xbox One, with Phil Spencer describing the game as being early in development. It could be a while away from release, it seems.