A new Battle Royale-inspired mode, dubbed The Eliminator, is coming to Forza Horizon 4 today for PC and Xbox One. It’s one of those things we didn’t know we wanted, but from what we’ve seen so far, it looks surprisingly promising.
So what’s it all about?
In true Battle Royale fashion, 72 players face-off against one another to be the last car driving in an open-world arena set in Forza Horizon 4’s take on the pastoral delights of the British countryside. As you’d expect, it’s racing-based with no guns to speak of or the need to seek cover.
All players start with a low-level 1965 Mini Cooper S vehicle then take part in head-to-head one-on-one races with a defined finish line somewhere on the map. You initiate races by finding other players within the arena and slamming your horn.
The winner stays in the game, earns upgrades and the opportunity to pick up a speedier motor or steal their opponent’s car, while the loser is eliminated.
In The Eliminator, players can scale up their car through ten different levels ranging from Volkswagen Touareg to Bentleys and Ferraris. Players can also pickup new cars by finding Car Drops scattered throughout the map.
Throughout matches, which run for no longer than 15 minutes, circular arena walls contract, drawing players closer together as the playable area reduces in size. Think of the walls as the closing circle from other Battle Royale titles like PUBG, Apex Legends, or Fortnite.
When the arena reaches the final circle, all the remaining players take part in a final showdown race. The first to hit the finish line wins the round of The Eliminator.
The Eliminator is free as part of the Series 17 update. It hits Forza Horizon 4 at 10 am PT / 7 pm CET today. You can check out a full match courtesy of December’s edition of Forza Monthly below.
If you’re in need of another dose of BR news, check out the odd tale of the ‘first’ Battle Royale, Soviet Jump Game.