Forza Horizon 3 is, like past Forza games, going to be made unavailable for digital purchase soon. The open-world Australia-set racer will be removed from sale, just as Forza Horizon 2 and Forza Motorsport 6 (and earlier entries) before it. The game and all its DLC will be removed from sale, although they’ll be available for download in perpetuity.
The game’s approaching delisting was announced on Twitter, although a fan on forum Resetera noted the discount and came to the correct conclusion earlier.
While no specific reason has been given for the game being delisted, it’s likely to be a licensing issue relating to the cars included in the game. With Forza Horizon 4 now the flagship title in the series, it seems likely that the cost of renewing those licenses would be prohibitive. There’s a possibility that the game’s soundtrack is an issue, too, as music licenses are often only assigned for a select period of time.
In the lead up to the game’s delisting, a heavy discount has been applied on the Xbox Store. The game’s Standard and Ultimate Editions, as well as its Expansion Pass (which includes the Blizzard Mountain and Hot Wheels expansions), are cut by 67-70%. Note that the Ultimate Edition does not come with the Season Pass, which must be bought seperately–it instead includes the All-Star Pack, Car Pass, and stat-boosting VIP Pass.
The discount is set to end on September 27–the day that the game will be delisted.
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