|Digital Release||Xbox 360
September 30, 2014 (US)
October 01, 2014 (JP)
September 30, 2014 (US)
October 02, 2014 (AU, EU, JP)
|September 30, 2018 - Xbox 360, Xbox One
October, 2018 (?) - Xbox 360
April 30, 2022 - Xbox 360
|Links||Forza Motorsport announcement
Forza Horizon 2’s delisting on Xbox 360 and Xbox One was announced to take place on September 30th, 2018. Turn 10’s Brian Ekberg confirmed the details in a post on the Forza Motorsport blog on August 17th:
“A heads up for the Forza community: Forza Horizon 2 will reach “end of life” status on September 30. That means that the game and its associated DLC will no longer be available for purchase. After September 30, players who own Forza Horizon 2 will still able to download and play the game and its associated content as normal. However, Forza Horizon 2 and its DLC will no longer be for sale. Forza Horizon 2 is currently available as part of August Games With Gold so, if you haven’t played it already, now is a great time to grab it.”
Before the announcement, Forza Horizon 2 was included in the Games with Gold program and was available to all Xbox Live Gold members through the month of August. Anyone who grabbed the game in this timeframe or purchased it previously can still re-download it to their console.
On Xbox One, Forza Horizon 2 and its DLC appear to have been delisted as planned, but despite the very official confirmation from Turn 10 and Microsoft in 2018, Horizon 2 was not delisted on Xbox 360 for long. Archive.org captures from October, November, and December of 2018 show the game remained available through the year. Forza Horizon 2 remained available on Xbox 360 until April 30th, 2022, when it was delisted alongside Forza Horizon 1 after it was accidentally relisted.
Like the original Forza Horizon, Horizon 2 was likely delisted due to the outstanding number of licensed vehicles and promotional tie-ins (in-game sponsors, music, and personalities) in the game. Horizon 2 was available to download for roughly four years, one year longer than its predecessor, Forza Horizon.
About the Game
Explore a Massive, Living Open World
The next evolution of the best-in-class Forza graphics engine delivers full day and night cycle with spectacular weather, lighting, and visual effects. Immerse yourself in a vast, wide-open world brought to life in stunning detail. A world of beauty and freedom awaits.
Smash through fences onto back country dirt trails, plow though fields of crops and dense forests, and discover new shortcuts on your thrilling, high-speed adventures. Take risks and earn rewards for showing off your driving skills and style.
Instantly Connect with Friends
Jump between solo and online play instantly. No lobbies, no waiting. Join or create your own Car Club of up to 1000 members to expand your network of friends and rule the leaderboards. In solo play, Drivatar™ technology fills your world with your friends even when they aren’t online with you. Only on Xbox One.
Your Ultimate Car Fantasy
More than 200 of the world’s greatest cars to drive – from extreme off-roaders to modern supercars, classic muscle and more – recreated in obsessive detail, with full cockpit views, including functional windshield wipers, working headlights, and authentic interiors.