Earlier this week, Microsoft made the cool announcement that the iconic Halo Warthog truck would show up in the Australia-set racing game Forza Horizon 3. Now, the teams behind the Halo and Forza franchises have published blog posts that dive deeper into how the partnership came to be and what it entailed.
First, 343 revealed the Warthog’s performance stats for Horizon 3. It’s faster and lighter than its militaristic counterpart and of course it has no turret. Here is the full breakdown:
Warthog CST Performance
- Vehicle Layout: Front-engine, AWD, 2 Seater
- Type: Twin Turbo 8L V8
- Power: 720bhp at 6500rpm
- Torque: 855ft/lbs at 3200rpm
- Top Speed: 119mph (limited by gearing)
- 0-60mph: 3.7sec
- 0-100mph: 9.81sec
- 1/4 mile: 12.4sec @ 109.4mph
“The Warthog CST in Forza Horizon 3 is also ideally suited for the rough and tumble landscape of Australia,” 343 said. “Roughly 25% smaller than the FAV and around 33% lighter, the M12S eschews the more ubiquitous 4-wheel steering of the FAV in effort to sacrifice low-speed manoeuvrability for better high-speed handling and performance. The M12S also boasts the most advanced suspension in FH3, featuring 70cm (!) of total suspension travel and showcasing damping values out of any other vehicle’s league in the game.”
Chris Phillips of Forza Horizon 3 developer Playground added that the process of putting the Warthog in the racing game was “very different” than how it would work for a normal car.
“Normally we replicate cars that already exist; we research the car thoroughly, including getting detailed information from manufacturers directly, this is then used to implement the car as accurately as possible in game,” he said. “For the Warthog this data didn’t exist; instead we first had to work together to determine how it would function in an everyday Earth environment, something that we have never really had to consider before.”
In the Forza blog post, 343 writer Jeff Easterling said it might be a little jarring at first to drive the Warthog and not be shot at. “[Halo fans] might have to spend the most time adjusting to the fact that no one is trying to take you out!” he said.
And what would Master Chief himself think about all of this?
“I imagine the Master Chief would feel right at home bounding through the Australian Outback,” Easterling said. “Locke on the other hand–I almost imagine him to potentially be better suited to the glorious Lamborghini Centenario.”
Forza Horizon 3 isn’t actually the first Forza game to feature the Warthog, as the truck showed up in Forza 4’s Autovista mode. However, it wasn’t actually drivable in that game.
To get the Warthog in Forza Horizon 3 at launch on September 27, you need to have played either Halo 5: Guardians or Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Codes for those players will start to go out next week. If you didn’t play either of those games, you can get the Warthog by competing in a “Forzathon” event in Forza Horizon 3 this October.