Does your Xbox Live life a quarter-mile at a time? It’s about to. Thanks to a new partnership between Universal Studios and Microsoft, one of Hollywood’s biggest car franchises is teaming up with one of the best racing game franchises to bring us Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, a standalone expansion to Forza Horizon 2. What’s more, the game will be free for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles if you download it between March 27 and April 10 (after that, it will cost you $10).
The game will take advantage of the already-built game environment of Forza Horizon 2, with races and challenges set on and around the roads of Southern France. But a number of Fast and Furious-specific vehicles will also be present, including the iconic 1970 Dodge Charger R/T that has appeared in most of the films. Players will be guided through the game by Tej Parker, played by Ludacris, who will assign tasks like finding cars for the crew’s next big mission.
This isn’t the first Fast and Furious video game, but it does stand a good chance of being the best. We already know that Turn 10’s Forza physics engine is outstanding, and the open world that Playground Games has built looks stunning (and a lot like the real thing, as I found out on a recent trip to that part of the world). The fact that the game will be free for a time is also a welcome change from the much-hated industry trend of charging for DLC (even if there are legitimate reasons behind the practice in most driving games).