Another Forza game has reached End of Life status and will disappear entirely from the Xbox Store after its licences run out.
In what is unfortunately a common occurrence with racing games Forza Motorsport 6 will no longer be available to buy from the Xbox Store from 15 September next month.
This has happened a number of times before with Forza games, with developer Turn 10 Studios coining the term ‘End of Life status’ to describe when a game can no longer be bought digitally.
You can still download it if you own it, and any remaining physical copies in stores can be bought as normal, but otherwise the game is effectively erased from existence.
The reason for the delisting is that the licences for the various real-world cars, and often the in-game music, has expired and rather than pay to extend it the game is simply removed from sale.
That’s common with racing games which tend to feature a lot of both kinds of licences but games ranging from Activision’s various Marvel and Transformers titles to Ubisoft’s Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World: The Game have suffered similar fates.
Given the similarities between each iteration of Forza, delisting is less of an issue than for other franchises, although the DLC for each title tends to feature unique content that is never repeated – which in Forza Motorsport 6’s case includes an extensive NASCAR expansion and Fast & Furious car pack.
The only upside is that from Friday, 16 August you’ll be able to buy all the DLC for 95% off, which given that the base game will be free from 16 August till 15 September on Xbox Live Gold means you get a mountain of content for virtually nothing.
Forza Motorsport 6 was originally released in September 2015 and usually the franchise alternates yearly with the Forza Horizon series. Forza Horizon 4 was last year but this year, for the first time, there’s no new game for either.
That almost certainly means that the Microsoft’s next gen console will launch with Forza Motorsport 8 next Christmas.
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