Forza Horizon 4 Halo Experience features a Cortana cameo

In the run-up to Gamescom, a leak suggested that Forza Horizon 4 was going to get some kind of Halo crossover content. And guess what?

The leak was absolutely right. Halo is coming to Forza Horizon 4, and Microsoft has shown it to the press at Gamescom for the first time. It's not a huge amount of content, but it's pretty damn cool. And Cortana makes a cameo.

It's not the first time Forza Horizon and Halo have come together. The Australian-set Forza Horizon 3 from 2016 featured the iconic Warthog, but as the action switches to Britain, the Halo content is stepping up a gear.

It's called the Halo Experience Showcase, taking its place among Forza Horizon 4's showcase races that have traditionally pitted you, on four wheels, against all kinds of different opponents, including trains, planes, and hot air balloons.

Where it differs from a regular showcase event is that you become the Chief. You're in a Warthog, the Halo ring is present on the horizon, and Cortana replaces the game's voice assistant. It's billed as a training exercise, but essentially it's you and your Warthog driving quickly while being chased by nasties in banshees.

Covenant obstacles litter the course, and while the backdrop is still the British countryside, everything else is as far away from the rest of the Horizon game as you can get. I'd love to show you it, but currently, there are no assets available, it's simply being shown to the press at the event.

Is it a lot? No. Is it a ton of fun? Absolutely. In the grand scheme of Forza Horizon 4, it's fairly insignificant. But that doesn't make it any less impressive.

Forza Horizon 4 is set to launch on October 2 for Xbox One and Windows 10, and it's available for preorder now for about $60.

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