It hasn’t been the greatest couple of months for the crew at Playground Games. Given the task of successfully executing the Forza franchise’s very first multi-platform release with Forza Horizon 3 on both the Xbox One and Windows 10, the team instead royally fucked up and shipped a horrendous copy of the game for home computers that was basically unplayable for a large portion of those wanting to explore the virtual paradise Playground Games had built. Suffering from widespread performance issues and an intrusive post-release downloadable content plan that saw users pay an arm and a leg for the back half of the game, Forza Horizon 3 has been described by our very own Severin Austerschmidt as “an unreliable piece of software that coughs, hacks, and stutters its way through a beautiful rendition of Australia’s Gold Coast”
With patches that haven’t always managed to fix the game’s nagging problems, and in some cases broken the experience for those who weren’t reporting any gremlins, Forza Horizon 3 has unfortunately become known as that game in the series, where four years from now gamers will look back and question what in the hell was happening at Microsoft to place such a defective product onto the Windows store. The PC variant of Horizon 3 very well should have been delayed, with Playground conducting their own version of quality assurance testing after the game was put up for purchase.
Today, the train wreck continues. Playground Games have accidentally pushed out a 53 gigabyte update for the Windows 10 rendition of Forza Horizon 3, which was a complete developer build of the game; totally unpacked for users to toy around with.
For a limited amount of time, this allowed hardcore Forza Motorsport fans to click around inside the title’s extensive file structure and explore everything Playground Games had planned to include within future updates – in particular the complete roster of cars, which contained numerous Porsche models that obviously haven’t been announced to the public as of yet.
The entire vehicle list has been uploaded to an album on Imgur, indicating Playground Games clearly aren’t done with their support of Forza Horizon 3, but with such amateurish mistakes now clogging up the hard drives of several Windows 10 users around the world, it’s stuff like this that really makes you question how capable Playground Games were of putting out a top-class product that reflected Microsoft’s vision of the greater Forza franchise. Marred by performance issues and general instability that simply did not resemble a first-party piece of software in the slightest, the saga surrounding Horizon 3 is officially showing no signs of stopping. Uploading a fifty-three gigabyte decrypted version of your game to the Windows store is a new level of sloppiness that is rarely matched in the industry, and hopefully a time will come where this has all been put behind us.
Unfortunately, with Microsoft and Turn 10 forcing Playground Games to adhere to a very strict post-release support schedule, the software will most likely achieve a state of stability well after the blitz of downloadable content has ended. Those choosing to indulge in the steady stream of new vehicles and challenges are forced to play roulette with the software – something they shouldn’t be doing with an official Microsoft product.