Play Forza Horizon 3 for Free, Ahead of Its Official Launch
Article by George Norman
On 13 Sep 2016
What’s better than an exciting, open world, racing video game? An exciting, open world, racing video game that you can play for free and ahead of its official launch.

That’s what Microsoft did with the upcoming Forza Horizon 3. Weeks ahead of the game’s official launch, Microsoft has made a demo available for free.


Forza Horizon 3 is scheduled to be released later this month: on September 23 if you shelled out $100 to pre-order the Ultimate Edition, and September 27 if you got the $60 Standard or the $80 Deluxe Edition. In Japan, the game will launch even later, on September 29.

Long story short, Forza Horizon 3 is about 2 weeks away from launch, which is a long time if you’re anxious to get your hands on the game. The good news is that you don’t have to wait that long. To give fans an early taste of what Forza Horizon 3 has to offer, Microsoft rolled out a demo version that you can play right now, for free.

"Your time as the boss of the Horizon Festival is almost here," announced Brian Ekberg, Community Manager at Turn 10 Studios. "Grab the Forza Horizon 3 demo today, get to know a bit of your new Australian home, and be ready to host the automotive party of the year when Forza Horizon 3 launches on September 27."

Get the Forza Horizon 3 Demo for free from the Microsoft Store.

Please note that even though Forza Horizon 3 is an Xbox Play anywhere title, the Forza Horizon 3 Demo is available for Xbox One only. Brian Ekberg explained that a demo version for Windows 10 will be released after the game's launch. In the meanwhile, the only thing you can do is give Forza Motorsport 6: Apex a try.

"We know fans are curious about the state of a Windows 10 PC demo for Forza Horizon 3," said Ekberg . "A standalone 'Forza Horizon 3' PC demo will be released sometime after launch. We invite all players who are eager to play Forza on PC to try 'Forza Motorsport 6: Apex', available now in the Windows 10 Store for free."

Forza Horizon 3 is an Xbox Play Anywhere Title

With Xbox Play Anywhere, you can enjoy games on your Xbox One Console and on your Windows 10 PC. It’s Microsoft’s way of letting switch between a console and a PC. All your save games, achievements, and game add-ons are available on both platforms at no additional cost.

The first wave of Xbox Play Anywhere games has recently been unveiled. It includes 12 titles:
  • Gears of War 4
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • ReCore
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Scalebound
  • Killer Instinct Season 3
  • State of Decay 2
  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Cuphead
  • We Happy Few
  • Crackdown 3
Learn more about Xbox Play Anywhere.

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex is free as well

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that 'Forza Motorsport 6: Apex' graduated out of Beta. The stable, full-fledged game is still free for Windows 10.

Get Forza Motorsport 6: Apex from the Microsoft Store.

In related news...

Ubisoft, as you might already know, is celebrating it's 30th anniversary this year and it's offering some of its best titles for free. One game per month, every month until the end of the year.

The game that Ubisoft is offering for free this month, the month of September, is The Crew, 2014's online racing video game set in a large open world map across the United States.

Go get it from UBI 30 on The Ubisoft Club.

Tags: Microsoft, video game, Forza Horizon 3, Xbox One, demo, Windows 10, Forza Motorsport 6 Apex, racing, Ubisoft, The Crew
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