Forza Horizon 1 & 2 Online Services Are Closing on August 22, 2023

Online services for Forza Horizon 1 & 2 comes to a close on August 22, 2023, affecting various features including matchmaking, leaderboards, and UGC sharing. Single-player modes, however, remain untouched.
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An announcement from the team behind the well-known Forza Horizon series stated that the online services for both Forza Horizon 1 and 2 will be discontinued on August 22, 2023. This is due to the diminished player population in these games, leading to a shift in focus towards more current titles.

Players should be aware that given the games’ age, online functionality may not be reliable, even before the official shut-down date. From August 22, 2023, various online elements will cease to function in both games. This includes matchmaking, leaderboards, and the ability to browse and download online User Generated Content such as liveries, vinyls, tuning setups, and photos. The single-player experiences in both games, however, will remain available.

In response to queries regarding the impact on other games in the Forza Horizon series, the team confirmed that the online features in Forza Horizon 3 and Forza Horizon 4 will not be affected by this closure and will continue to operate as usual.

Further clarification confirmed that the closing of online services will apply to all versions of Forza Horizon 2, including the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions, and the standalone title, Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious.

Players who currently own Forza Horizon 1 and/or Forza Horizon 2 will be able to download and access the single-player aspects of these games, even post the online service closure date. However, potential new buyers will not be able to purchase these games, as they were previously delisted from the Microsoft Store.

The changes will not influence gameplay on Xbox One or Xbox Series through backward compatibility. The only significant alteration will be the termination of all online services, including all activities dependent on online matchmaking like races, game modes, free roam, and car meets. Sharing and downloading of online UGC such as liveries, vinyls, tuning setups, and photos will also be disabled.

Source: Forza Horizon Blog

Shaun Savage

Shaun Savage

Shaun Savage is the founder and editor-in-chief of Try Hard Guides. He has been covering and writing about video games for over 9 years. He is a 2013 graduate of the Academy of Art University with an A.A. in Web Design and New Media. In his off-time, he enjoys playing video games, watching bad movies, and spending time with his family.

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