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Forza Horizon's battle royale matches are being won in the cheapest and dumbest way

December 17, 2019 1 min read

Forza Horizon 4 has players tearing around a digital recreation of England with more purpose than usual. Thanks to an update last week that added a free battle royale mode, it's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Eliminate or be eliminated. If you're not first, you're last.

The majority of Forza Horizon 4's battle royale loop works. It approximates everything that more popular battle royale games have adopted as standards. Looting takes the form of finding random car drops throughout the map and claiming those vehicles if they represent an upgrade over what you're currently driving. Killing is imitated through a one-on-one race to a randomly-placed finish line; the winner takes the loser's car, and the loser is kicked to the menu with the discomforting knowledge that they weren't fast enough. There's a wall that constantly shrinks, forcing players into closer proximity to one another.

However, the entirety of the loop does not work. Once there are 12 cars remaining, there's a 30-second timer before the Final Showdown begins. This is how Forza Horizon 4's Eliminator mode crowns a champion. The Final Showdown is a mad scramble across the map -- far outside the boundaries of where that last, small circle held a dozen players -- in a randomly-determined direction. It's not perfect but it's sort of necessary. It beats the monotony of everyone trying to hide in the final circle, avoiding knockout head-to-head races for as long as possible.

Forza Horizon's battle royale matches are being won in the cheapest and dumbest way screenshot