Forza Horizon 3 reportedly let a gamer race his friend who passed away in 2015

A Reddit poster claims that Microsoft's just released Xbox One version of the open-world driving game Forza Horizon 3 allowed him to race with the drivatar of his late friend who passed away in 2015.

The Reddit post from gamer "Spartansneverdie" (via Polygon) states:

So I am just cruising the Coast when I see a XBL name i haven't seen in a while. It was my buddy Drew. Sadly Drew passed away about a year ago. He was only 19 years old. Anyways i see his driveatar, I Immediately pull up behind him and challenge him to a race. It was pretty surreal it was like i was playing with him again on xbox. It was bittersweet, but just another reason to love this game. Thank you for bringing me that moment with him.

Drivatars are AI-based "ghosts" of gamers that use their real racing styles and history to simulate their actions when they are not online, so any friend can race against them. The feature was first introduced in Forza Motorsport 5 in 2013, and uploaded drivatars can also appear in other Forza-based games.

Since Spartansneverdie's Reddit post went live, many people have said his story is similar to one posted a few years ago by an anonymous YouTube commenter. He claimed he was able to race against his late father, 10 years after his death, by racing against his ghost car that was stored in the Microsoft-published RalliSport Challenge, made for the original Xbox. That story was later dramatized into an acclaimed YouTube short film called Player Two. Spartansneverdie states, "I hadn't heard about that till i posted this and someone linked it. Its stories like these that make gaming truly special."

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  • I am SO tired of hearing about this game.  It feels like every other article and a third of the tweets out there are about this game.  Ugh.
  • Leave it to you to take a nice story like this and crap all over it.
  • The award for Troll of the week goes to...
  • Steve Adams, for trolling on nearly every article posted on Windows Central!!!!
  • Why did you comment on this article if you're "So sick of hearing about it"?
  • Yeah, it's unfortunate how often you see comments like this. This time it's just especially ill placed.
  • This is NOT about the Game. I do hold the same sentiment with regards to the game being everywhere, but maybe this thread is not the place to raise this.
  • You are a horrible beeing. Have you no respect for the dead? You chould be ashamed!
  • Wow, I agree with others, not the right time or place.
  • You are a despicable human being. If you felt the need to complain, why would you pick this article to do so? You could have complained on the last one, or the next one (obviously there will be more). You are such a ****** bag. It must suck to be that bitter about everything all the time. What a life... As for the actual story. I think it is awesome. I can't imagine the feels that dude got when seeing his buddy in game the first time. Good stuff.
  • This seriously shows what kind of a piece of crap you are. Do the internet a favor and sell all your electronics and live alone in your little world.
  • Because its the best arcade racer ever made period. Period. It deserves all the attention it gets.
  • You know, you can just ignore them. But you have no brains to understand this sadly.
  • Your the same guy that raised a huge stink over losing Kinect gesture controls. You seriously lack tact and need to stop trolling this place.
  • 90 down votes, I wonder what the record is. Lets see if we can get this knob to over 100 down votes.
  • I SO tired of you being alive.
  • Quit whining, don't read the article if you don't like it. Fortunately coverage is not defined by the complaing few, but by the rest of us that really appreciate reading uplifting content.
  • This is weird but kind of interesting...
  • Wow reading this brought smile on my face... Sorry about your friend... But that feeling of playing is one of the best feeling ever...
  • Drivatar...
  • First introduced in Forza MOTORSPORT 5, not HORIZON 5. Edit: Hey, wait. I just correct the wrong word in this article! (And, yeah, it fixed)
  • I played the demo, and I saw my ex on there. Didn't challenge her to a race, but I've been depressed ever since... Help?!
  • You should have run her off the road.
  • I got a little giggle from that. Many years ago, an ex girlfriend showed up at a lan party that I was at. We were playing CodeName Eagle, and I took every chance I could to take shots at her. It was very theraputic.
  • Go get her back. The memories of you together will haunt you.
  • Dude why would you say that..
  • Wow very touching story!
  • This actually made me tear up because I have a friend who recently passed and just played forza I can relate
  • Sad to hear :( Condolates.. This made me cry too becouse my mom did have canser 2 years ago
  • I'm sorry for your loss @OblivionFTW  
  • So is Paul Walker in the game too? That would be awesome, especially in an Orange Supra.
  • Too soon man... too soon... =P
  • He did seem like the type of person who would have liked Forza so it's possible if you knew his gamer tag.
  • What a beautiful story. Just had to imagine if Xbox Live is still up in years and Forza is still a thing, that even when I pass away my children, grandchildren a.s.o. can play against me and remember their old ass father.
  • There is a challenge in the game, saw it in the demo, where it picks a gamer tag from your friends list and has you challenge them to a race. It had me race against my daughter when she had never played Horizon 3, so I can see this happening.
  • That's neat.
  • Welled up reading this article.
  • Ahhhh Rallisport Challenge. Now that brings back some good memories
  • I like to believe that it's not an AI.  I already know there is XBox in heaven, our internet here on earth finally got fast enough to connect to the internet in heaven.