After four years on the track, it looks like the race is coming to a crashing end for Forza Horizon 2. The cross-gen open-world racer first sped onto both Xbox One and Xbox 360 (the last Forza title to hit the old system) back on September 30, 2014. It was met with critical acclaim, which has been the case for every other entry in the Horizon series. Now, Forza fans are turning their attention to the upcoming Forza Horizon 4; just in time to make the departure of Horizon 2 a little easier to accept.
The official statement from Microsoft and Turn 10 confirms that Forza Horizon 2 will reach its “end of life status” on September 30, 2018—an exact four years after release. This means that it will be delisted from the Xbox Live Marketplace, meaning that you will no longer be able to purchase the game digitally. If you happen to already own it, then you will have the opportunity to redownload it at a later date. So, only folks who have yet to purchase the game digitally will actually be missing out. I emphasize the term “digitally” since used physical copies will still be around to fill the void, but these may likely rise in price as the game will now become a bit of a rarity. This will truly become a problem 10 years from now when the 360 and Xbox One are both considered to be ancient relics. Hunting down a copy of Horizon 2 may very likely be just as difficult as it is to get a PS1 or N64 title today.
In any case, the point is that now’s the time to pick the game up if you’re truly that interested in diving in. Of course, there’s still the aforementioned Forza Horizon 4 to look forward to in October, and not to mention the already available Horizon 3 is still going strong for the time being. Thus, you can still get your Horizon fix one way or another, but it is sad that now the first two titles in the series have become somewhat lost artifacts.
A heads-up for the Forza community: Forza Horizon 2 will reach “end of life” status on September 30. That means that the game and its associated DLC will no longer be available for purchase. After September 30, players who own Forza Horizon 2 will still able to download and play the game and its associated content as normal. However, Forza Horizon 2 and its DLC will no longer be for sale. Forza Horizon 2 is currently available as part of August Games With Gold so, if you haven’t played it already, now is a great time to grab it.